By Larry Robertson, Special to the News
Luke Zupan with a goal and two assists paced the Ancaster Avalanche to a 6-3 victory over the last-place Buffalo Regals in Golden Horseshoe Junior B Conference action last night at Morgan Firestone Arena.
The victory brought to an end their two-game losing streak, and moved the club into fourth place in GHC with a record of 18 wins, 10 losses and five overtime- shootout losses for 41 points. Buffalo is 1-32-1 in ninth after 34 games.
“We didn’t come prepared to play at the start of the game, and it showed in the way we played in the first period,” said general manager and coach Ryan Kuwabara.
“I was happy the way we battled back in the second and third, but we won’t always be able to do that. To be a top team in our league, we have to be ready mentally and physically for each game. We are going to use this as another opportunity to learn and grow as a team so that when we get into playoffs we won’t come out flat.”
Next action for Ancaster is Friday, Jan. 10 when they take on the sixth place Niagara Falls Canucks at 7:30 p.m. at the Niagara Falls Gale Centre. The Avs next home game is against the second-place St. Catharines Falcons on Saturday, Jan. 11. Game time is 7:30 p.m.
Team scoring leader, Zach Nieminen scored twice, moving him to within eight points of second-place Connor Murphy of the Caledonia Pro-Fit Corvairs in the GHC scoring race. Nieminen has 29 goals and 26 assists for 55 points. Murphy has 63 points. Zupan is 20th in Greater Ontario Hockey League scoring with 17 goals and 24 assists for 41 points in 33 games.
Eric Eustace, Michael Pollice, and Max Balinson (shorthanded) rounded out the Avalanche scoring. Ancaster is fifth in the GHC in terms of shorthanded goals with six and third in the GHC in power-play success with 22.78 per cent after 33 games.
A series of special events for Ancaster will be announced shortly for the month of January.
Fans are reminded that anyone with tickets for the Saturday, Dec. 14 postponed game with Port Colborne Pirates will have those tickets honoured for the re-scheduled game.