By Larry Robertson, Special to The News
It was a big night for the Dave Andreychuk Foundation Saturday in the Morgan Firestone Arena and an even bigger night for Yana Rallis of St. Catharines as he scored his third goal of the Golden Horseshoe Conference Junior B season as the Falcons edged the Avalanche 3-2 in a shootout.
Last Friday, the Avalanche fell 5-3 to the Niagara Falls Canucks in the Gale Centre. Niagara Falls led 3-2 after the first period, but Ancaster came back to tie the score at 3-3 in the second. In the final 20 minutes, the Canucks scored twice to seal the victory.
On Saturday night, Mark Rodgers spearheaded the St. Catharines attack. The Avalanche replied with single goals by Max Balinson on a power-play in the first period and Ryan Lewis after 40 minutes of play.
The previous night in Niagara Falls, Zach Nieminen led the way for Ancaster with a goal and two assists. Blake Luscombe supplied a goal and an assist and Balinson completied the scoring.
Following the weekend’s action, Nieminen holds down second spot in league scoring with 11 goals and fou assists for 15 points in six games.
The next action for the Avalanche is Friday, Sept. 27 at 7:30 p.m. in St. Catharines. The following night the Avs entertain the Port Colborne Pirates at 7:30 p.m.
”I am very pleased with how we played over the weekend even though we only got one point,” said general manager and coach Ryan Kuwabara.
“On Friday night, we found a way to battle back to tie the score going into the third period and then backed each other up when things got tough.”
”We have a lot of good players that are starting to come together as a team. Our game on Saturday was definitely the best game we have played this season. The players executed our game plan and played smartly.”
Saturday night’s successful Andreychuk Night was emceed by Darrin Laidman, 95.3 Fresh FM’s Morning Man, and featured Andreychuk, the foundations founder, dropping the ceremonial puck and signing autographs.
Andreychuk, one of Hamilton’s Stanley Cup winners, won the trophy in 2004 with the Tampa Bay Lightning when they beat the Calgary Flames in seven games. After 23 years in the National Hockey League, he retired as one of the highest scoring left-wingers in the game. He was a 50-goal scorer with the 1993-1994 Toronto Maple Leafs.
Andreychuk’s foundation has three objectives — to assist children in need, support causes for kids and families enduring chronic and/or life threatening illness and encouraging the investment of youth and amateur sports. The foundation is focused on giving back to the community through children’s charities and helping kids reach their goals.
Saturday night was filled with prizes, and fundraising in support of the foundation with a portion of the ticket sales, plus revenue from the 50/50 sales and the Avalanche beer farden, going in support of the foundation.
Avalanche season tickets are still available. Season-long reserved seating is available at $150 for adults and $75 for children, students and seniors. Single game tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for children, students and seniors. For a full schedule, season tickets and sponsorship information, visit www.ancasteravalanche.ca.