Win lifts ’Hawks back to .500

Thorold vs Lock­port Wed­nes­day; Re­gals visit Pan­thers Sun­day

The Welland Tribune - - Sports - BERND FRANKE Re­gional Sports Ed­i­tor

The Thorold Blackhawks skated past the vis­it­ing Lock­port Re­gals 5-1 Thurs­day night, lift­ing their junior B hockey reg­u­lar-sea­son record back to .500 in junior B hockey.

Owen Al­lan, Blair Jenk­ins, Ni­cholas Ru­bino, Trevor Neu­mann, Devon Thi­bodeau found the back of the net for Thorold as the Blackhawks came back from a one-goal deficit to im­prove to 12-12-1-1 in the Greater On­tario Junior Hockey League’s Golden Horse­shoe League’s Golden Horse­shoe Con­fer­ence.

Mike DeSpirt scored for Re­gals, who fell to 0-2-1 in head-to-head play ver­sus the Blackhawks and to 3-21-1 over­all.

Thorold out­shot Lock­port 46-16 in a game that was al­most whis­tle-free in terms of penalty calls. Only in­frac­tion re­sult­ing in a power-play op­por­tu­nity was a two-minute trip­ping penalty against the Blackhawks.

A Re­gals player re­ceived a 10-minute warmup vi­o­la­tion be­fore the game got un­der­way.

Thorold’s next game is Wed­nes­day in Lock­port, while the Re­gals visit the Pel­ham Pan­thers for a Sun­day mati­nee and travel to play the Kilty B’s the fol­low­ing night in Hamilton.

Last night’s Golden Horse­shoe sched­ule had Fort Erie Me­te­ors, 8-16-0-1; at St. Catharines Fal­cons, 18-3-0-2; and Ni­a­gara Falls Canucks, 22-3-0-2; host­ing Wel­land Jr. Cana­di­ans, 6-16-0-2.

Pel­ham, 14-10-0-2; vis­its Fort Erie in the only Satur­day game.

Huskies Jr. Blues 10, River­Hawks 3

At Hamilton, it was the vis­it­ing River­Hawks, not the hosts, who had the blues af­ter a sec­ond lop­sided loss in as many nights.

Goals from Keith Palmer, with two; and Ja­cob Sad­dler was all the of­fence Ni­a­gara was able to muster in Thurs­day night’s game at Olympic Arena Dun­das.

The re­branded Dun­das Blues out­shot their 48-37 and went 1-for-4 on the power play to im­prove to 13-11-1-1 in the junior C loop’s South Bloom­field Divi­sion.

Ni­a­gara, 13-12-0-2; failed to score on five op­por­tu­ni­ties with a man ad­van­tage.

Dante Massi replied for the R’Hawks in an 8-1 road loss to the Glan­brook Rangers on Wed­nes­day night. Ni­a­gara re­turns home to Gale Cen­tre against the Dun­nville Mud­cats at 7:30 p.m.

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