The line of Nick McMullen, Kevin Jaczenko and Matt Johnson continued to establish itself last week as the Junior C Dundas Blues hockey club’s top trio.
Jaczenko scored twice, and McMullen picked up the assists on both goals on Saturday night when the Blues dropped a 3-2 decision to Hagersville. It had been nine days since the Blues previous game and they showed some rust — managing 36 shots while Dundas goalie Brock Novak faced 52.
“We weren’t mentally prepared for the game on Saturday,” said Blues general manager Steve Aglor. “We more or less gave them the puck twice in our own end for the first two goals — from our stick to theirs and in the net.”
The home team took the two-goal lead into the second period until Jaczenko and McMullen teamed up to tie the game with two goals within two minutes. The final frame was scoreless until the last minute of play.
“The winning goal was another breakdown by the defence that gave the Hawks an odd-man rush,” Aglor said, adding if it wasn’t for Novak’s performance in net, the Blues would have lost by more than one goal.
A day later the Blues stormed onto the ice on the way to a 7-3 win in Port Dover. Again, McMullen, Jaczenko and Johnson led the way, but they had much more support from the rest of the team Sunday night.
Jason Campbell, assisted by Branden Graffi, opened the scoring for Dundas. McMullen scored, assisted by Johnson and Jaczenko, to make it 2-0 and Greg Harley, assisted by Cam McConnell and Dan Pelosini, gave Dundas a 3-0 lead heading into the second frame. McMullen scored his second of the game, assisted by Jaczenko, before Port Dover cut the lead in half. Dundas poured it on in the final six minutes of the middle frame to take back control.
Cody Carey scored, with assists from McMullen and Garret Incze, then Jaczenko scored twice, with an assist from Johnson and two assists from McMullen.
Goalie Dan Davies faced 25 shots for the win. McMullen and Jaczenko combined for four goals and five assists, with Johnson adding two more assists.
With the split, the Blues moved to a record of three wins, one loss and an overtime loss. On Monday, they sat in a tie for second place with Dunnville, one point behind Chippawa and Grimsby in the eight-team Niagara District Junior C league.
Dunnville was scheduled to visit Dundas on Oct. 10. Following a trip to Glanbrook on Oct. 16, the Blues return home to face Grimsby on Oct. 17. That marks the start of a three-game home-stand that continues against Hagersville Oct. 24 and Chippawa on Oct. 27.