By Craig Campbell, Dundas Star News
With four second period goals, including two markers within 13 seconds, the Glanbrook Rangers built a solid lead en route to a 6-4 win, and a four game sweep of Dundas to win the Niagara District Junior C hockey league east division semi-final, Thursday night.
The Dundas Blues season ended, despite a flurry of hustle, several just-missed scoring chances and tough physical play. The Blues outshot Glanbrook all night long, but didn’t score when they needed to.
Down 5-1 with less than 13 minutes to play in the middle frame, Dundas closed the gap to 6-3. They closed it to 6-4 with just under seven minutes left in the final period.
But even with several intercepted passes and a strong forecheck in Glanbrook’s end, Dundas just didn’t put the puck in the net enough times to match the visitors to J.L. Grightmire Arena.
Dundas outshot Glanbrook in every period, including an impressive 18 shots in the second frame, and 16 shots in the final period. The Blues had a total of 46 shots on net, compared to Glanbrook’s 31.
The two teams were largely even on the power play – Dundas scoring once in four chances, Glanbrook once in six chances.
Overall, Glanbrook served 18 penalty minutes on five infractions and Dundas had 20 minutes on seven infractions.
Glanbrook took a 2-0 lead in the first 10 minutes of play. Then Andrew Solow scored on a power play, assisted by Brett Dell and Derek Searle.
Glanbrook scored two more to open the third – one a minute and a half into the frame, the next just 10 seconds later.
Then Glanbrook’s Alexander Cappelletti scored his third goal of the game to make it 5-1 five minutes into the second period.
Josh Wiley scored more than 10 minutes later, assisted by Alex Aquin and Jordan Peacock. But Glanbrook responded two minutes later to regain their four goal lead.
With a couple of minutes to play in the second period, Mitch Reid put in a rebound from a Brayden Knott shot off the Glanbrook goalie.
Dundas poured the pressure on in the final period, but only one goal was scored in the entire final frame, when Reid found the net again for his team-leading fifth goal of the playoffs, assisted by Wiley and Peacock.
Reid and Kevin Jaczenko lead the Blues throughout the playoffs, both scoring eight points – Jaczenko was tied for second in goals with four – along with Brett Dell and Matt Charbonneau, who both had seven points in the playoffs.