Sailors con­tinue to surge

Port Dover gets two wins on week­end

Simcoe Reformer - - SPORTS - JA­COB ROBIN­SON

De­spite hit­ting some rough wa­ters early on, the Pro­vin­cial Ju­nior Hockey League’s Port Dover Sailors knew they had the tal­ent to climb out of a fall slump.

Hav­ing gone 7-3-0 in their last 10 games – in­clud­ing wins over Sim­coe (4-0) Satur­day and Dun­nville (2-1) Sun­day – they’ve done just that.

“I feel as a team we’re start­ing to come back to­gether now,” said vet­eran for­ward Steve Go­eree. “At the start it was more find­ing our­selves and find­ing who was go­ing to play with who. We had some tough losses and games we should’ve had that we were los­ing but now we’re com­ing to­gether and I think we’re go­ing to be a team to be reck­oned with.”

Sun­day’s con­test be­tween Port Dover and the Mud­cats came down to the fi­nal mo­ments. With less than three min­utes to play and the score tied at one, Travis Walker hit Go­eree with a break­away pass. The Brant­ford res­i­dent promptly fired home his eighth goal and 20th point of the sea­son to give Port Dover a lead it wouldn’t re­lin­quish. The Sailors out­shot the vis­i­tors 36-31 while im­prov­ing to 10-9-0 on the cam­paign.

“Col­lec­tively the boys did re­ally well to­day, I thought we were bat­tling and our goalie (Adam Siek) made some huge stops – he was on fire,” said Go­eree.

“We had a lot of guys do­ing stuff and play­ing roles that nor­mally they don’t.”

One player that’s fit­ting in nicely with the surg­ing squad is Lyn­don Le­moire. The Peter­bor­ough na­tive and for­mer Lake­field Chief as­sisted on Eric Mueller’s goal to open the scor­ing ver­sus Dun­nville and has 19 points in 19 games. The line of Le­moire, Mueller, and Go­eree have com­bined to pro­duce 59 points through 19 games.

Le­moire said join­ing the Sailors was an easy de­ci­sion.

“They’ve got an up and com­ing pro­gram and ties to our school (the Univer­sity of Guelph) and they’re look­ing to start build­ing a fran­chise here and bring in some play­ers who know how to win, have been there be­fore and bring some ex­pe­ri­ence to this team,” he said.

“I’m not hav­ing the best year, I’ve been strug­gling a bit but it’s good for my con­fi­dence to be on a line with guys that can score so I can dish them the puck, they can fire it around, I’ll drive the net and get some points to keep up with where I think I should be.”

Both Le­moire and Go­eree said Port Dover has the abil­ity to stick with any team in the league. Now sit­ting third in the Bloom­field Divi­sion, the Sailors are fo­cus­ing on clos­ing the gap be­tween them­selves (20 points) and sec­ond place Grimsby (29 points).

“We have more tal­ent on this team than any team in the league,” said Go­eree. “It’s just we have to use our tal­ent in the right po­si­tion – guys play­ing their roles is what it comes down to.”

Go­eree gave his younger brother Max some­thing to cheer about on Sun­day. The slick for­ward promised six-year-old Max a goal and came through.

“I love when he comes (to watch),” Go­eree said. “It fires me up a bit and gets me go­ing see­ing that lit­tle guy up there re­ally happy.”

Port Dover will be in Dun­das (9-8-1) Thurs­day, Dun­nville (7-91) Satur­day and Sim­coe (2-15-3) Sun­day. All games be­gin at 7:30 p.m.

Sham­rocks drop two

The Sim­coe Sham­rocks were downed twice on the week­end, the first com­ing against Port Dover Satur­day in a 4-0 loss and the sec­ond by a count of 6-3 vs. Dun­das at home Sun­day. Austin Reilly led the way of­fen­sively Sun­day with a goal and an as­sist for the home side. The Sham­rocks (2-15-3) will be in Hagersville (4-11-1) Tues­day, Ni­a­gara (5-9-4) Thurs­day and Grimsby (14-3-1) Fri­day be­fore fi­nally re­turn­ing home to play Port Dover (10-9-0) Sun­day.

Two losses for Trav­ellers

The Delhi Trav­ellers’ los­ing streak to be­gin the sea­son now sits at 19. Delhi lost in New Ham­burg 5-2 Fri­day and 7-2 to Tav­i­s­tock Satur­day. Water­ford na­tive Jonny Koz­icki had two as­sists Satur­day. The Trav­ellers host Burford (1-170) Satur­day at 8 p.m. in their only con­test of the week. jrobin­son@post­media.com

JA­COB ROBIN­SON/SIM­COE RE­FORMER

Sailors for­ward Steve Go­eree skates on a break­away ver­sus Dun­nville in PJHL ac­tion Sun­day in Port Dover. Go­eree scored on the play which turned out to be the dif­fer­ence in a 2-1 vic­tory.

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