By Craig Campbell, News Staff
Niagara District Junior C Hockey league-leading New Hamburg outlasted the Dundas Blues in an overtime game last week that saw Dundas overpower the 21-2 Firebirds with 16 shots on the way to a 4-1 first period lead.
But it was all New Hamburg later, as they came back to register a 6-6 tie in regulation and pick up the only three overtime shots on the way to the winning goal two minutes into the extra frame.
That followed last Thursday’s 5-2 loss to Glanbrook in Dundas. Goals from Brett Dell and Mitch Reid were enough for a 2-2 tie into the final period, but the Blues didn’t answer Glanbrook’s three goals in the final frame.
“We ran out of gas in New Hamburg,” Blues general manager Steve Aglor said. “We were missing six players due to injuries, exams or sickness.”
Dundas’ record fell to nine wins, 10 losses and three overtime losses. Their 21 points leaves the Blues in fifth place, six points behind fourth-place Chippawa.
Derek Searle opened the scoring against New Hamburg Friday night with a power-play goal assisted by Matt Charbonneau and Dell less than two minutes into the game, and followed that with a second goal two minutes later, with Charbonneau assisting. New Hamburg cut the lead to 2-1 a minute later, but Dundas kept on the pressure with an unassisted power-play goal from Dell and a power-play goal from Kevin Jaczenko, assisted by Reid.
Dundas outshot New Hamburg 16-7 in the first period, but was outshot by the home team 13-6 in the second and 12-6 in the third. New Hamburg managed only one goal in the middle frame, while Dundas kept pace with their own goal from Alex Aquin, assisted by Dan Pelosini, to hold on to a three goal lead.
New Hamburg scored four times in the third while allowing one goal – scored by Jaczenko and assisted by Searle on a power play.
Sean Kienapple, who scored twice for New Hamburg in the third period comeback, found the net in overtime for the winner.
Spencer Peacock played all 62 minutes in net for Dundas, stopping 28 of 35 shots.
Dunnville visits Dundas on Thursday, Dec. 13. Game time is 7:30 p.m. at J.L. Grightmire Arena on Market Street.
The Blues head to Grimsby to take on the Peach Kings the following night, then visit Glanbrook on Wednesday, Dec. 19. Grimsby visits Grightmire on Dec. 20.