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Tyler Blazino made 29 saves for his second shutout of the season as the Fort William Hurricanes scored a 4-0 win over the Fort William Canadiens, with the win the Herks take a one game to nothing lead of a best three of five series,in the Midget AA Championship Finals. Jesse Appel would score twice for the Canes, while Ben Furtado chipped in with two assists.
It was a scoreless opening fifteen minutes as both teams were a little tentative to start, as the Canadiens came off a tough five game series with the Current River Comets the night before, while the Canes were idle for two weeks waiting for an opponent. The Hurricanes would manage to outshoot the Canadiens by an 8-5 margin.
Jonathan Friesen's twenty second goal of the year would give the Herks a 1-0 lead as he would deposit a rebound in passed Canadiens starting goalie Zack Prenger the goal would be scored on the power play at 9:21, and would prove to be the eventual game winner. Blazino was solid through two periods.
The Fort William Hurricane Bantam A team lost their second game of a best three of five versus the South End Junior Stars and now have a tough task ahead with their backs against the wall, the Junior Stars will need one more win to advance to the Bantam A Championship.
Game one would see the Canes edged out by South End by a score of 2-1, game two was a very close contest up until the last three minutes, where the Stars would score twice in thirty six seconds to claim a 5-2 win.
A scoreless first period, dominated by defence was the early story in game one as both teams were a little tentative, with the shot clock favouring the Herks with 5 and the Stars 4.
The second frame was much of the same but South End would get on the scoresheet at 9:27 with Tyler Sullivan scoring. Another low shot total 8 to 6 in the Herks favour.
Luke Coughlin-Stewart would score thirty seconds into period three and the Stars would have a 2-0 lead, the Herks would respond a minute later with Brandon Bonneville netting his third of the season making the score 2-1. The Canes would muster 12 shots but were stymied on a few occasions by Alex Cicquoi and he would keep the Hurricanes off the scoreboard for the rest of the game.
Game two of the Semi-Final was a whole different game with both teams coming off of March Break and it looked they found the offence and skating legs early. The Canes brought the game to the Stars offensively but were stopped by some solid South End goaltending as Jack Brown was on top of every Canes shot. The Stars would take a face-off down in Hurricane's territory, James Coppock would win the draw back to the point, where Stanley White's slap shot would beat a totally screened Herks goalie Carson Power. Shots on goal by the Canes 13, South End 5.
The Hurricanes would tie the contest at 1-1 one minute into the middle frame with Jesse Kotarac's ninth of the season, but with 4:45 left the period the Stars would execute a perfect 2 on 1 and Damon Oikonen would deposit the Stars second goal of the game giving them a 2-1 lead after two. Once again Brown was stellar between the pipes for South End facing 15 shots, while Power was only beat on the two on one, and kept his team in the game.
A four goal third would be the deciding factor in the game, as both teams were evenly matched throughout this game and the last contest Four minutes into the final stanza Oikonen would net his second of the game and the Stars would enjoy a two goal advantage, but five minutes later a determined Herks team would score a big goal on the power play, with Cole Kutzler scoring his 13th of the year and once again the Herks were within one at 3-2. Another perfect two on one break for South End would result in their fourth goal and it was now 4-2 with 3:52 left to play as James Coppock scored, then at the 3:16 mark the Stars would strike again with Tyler Sullivan and it was now 5-2.
With the win the South End squad takes a commanding two games to none lead in the best of five semi-final. Next game is set for Wednesday March 21st, 8:00 pm Current River Arena. Even though the Canes are behind the eight ball in this series they have never been out of both games, not getting the offensive breaks and running into some hot goaltending has kept the team at bay, so by not giving up and fighting for every inch of ice still gives the underdog Herks a good chance of extending this series.
1ST PERIOD; no scoring.
2ND PERIOD; South End; Sullivan ( Alexander ) 9:27.
penalties; South End; Sullivan,xcheck, 12:49. Coughlin-Stewart, boarding, 3:31.
3RD PERIOD; South End; Coughlin-Stewart ( Sullivan ) 14:30. HERKS; Bonneville
3 ( Zawadzki, Maenpaa ) 13:05.
SHOTS ON GOAL
1ST 2ND 3RD FINAL
HERKS 5 8 12 25
STARS 4 6 5 16
1ST PERIOD; Stars; White ( Coppock ) 9:59.
penalties; Stars; Oikonen, slashing, 3:12.
2nd PERIOD; HERKS; Kotarac 9 ( Basalyga, Zawadzki ) 14:00. Stars; Oikonen
( Sullivan ) 4:45.
3RD PERIOD; Stars; Oikonen ( Coppock ) 11:14. HERKS; Kutzler 13 ( Kotarac, Zawadzki ) pp. 6:47. Stars; Coppock ( Lamke ) 3:52. Sullivan ( Grillo, Oikonen )
penalties; HERKS; Ruberto, int. 9:28. Stars; Coughlin-Stewart, two minute and game misconduct, hit from behind, 8:24. Lamke, xcheck,0:32. White, head check, double minor, 0:00.
SHOTS ON GOAL
1ST 2ND 3RD FINAL
HERKS 13 15 10 38
Stars 5 6 18 29
Jordan Meservia would score three times and help the Midget AA Fort William Hurricanes record a 7-1 win over the Westend Bruins,the Herks would win the best three out of five semi-final series three games to none, the win now moves the Herks into the TBMHA's Midget AA Championship Final. Still to be determined is an opponent as the other semi-final has the Fort William Canadiens up a game on the Current River Comets, 2-1.
The Hurricanes would score with 6:18 left in the opening frame as Jonathan Friesen's twenty first of the year made it 1-0, Meservia would get his first of the game a minute six seconds later making it 2-0, Eric Weirsema's solo dash would make it 3-0 scoring his fifth. The first would come to end with the Canes up by three, Westend would manage four shots on Herks goaltender Jaydan Delaqua, while the Canes offence had 12 shots.
Both teams would exchange goals in the second period and the Bruins would mount an offence with fourteen shots. But Meservia would get his second of the game and 11th of the season,making the score 4-0, Westend would reply a minute later as Cameron Waddington's shot leaked through Delaqua and made it 4-1. Period two would come to end again the Canes holding a three goal advantage. Shots were a at lot closer, the Herks with 12 and the Bruins at 14.
Four minutes into the final frame the Hurricanes would strike again with Anthony Tassone scoring his 18th, it would be his sixth of the series, Mason Hachey would make it 6-1 scoring from the point giving him four on the year, with 2:29 left in the game Meservia's 12th of the season would complete his hat trick night.
It was a dominate series performance by the Hurricanes as they would only allow two goals against and score twenty one in the three games. Even playing shorthanded due to injuries the team came together for a complete team effort. A rest might be what is needed to get some bodies back, as the next action for the Herks will be the Tournament of Champions being held this weekend.
1ST PERIOD; HERKS; Friesen 21 ( Furtado, Tassone ) 6:18. Meservia 10
( M. Crupi, Blekkenhorst ) 5:12. Wiersema 5 ( Cross ) 4:53.
penalties; Bruins; Decorte, tripping, 8:32.
2ND PERIOD; HERKS; Meservia 11 ( Friesen, Meloche ) 11:38.
Bruins; Waddington ( unassisted ) 10:45.
penalties; HERKS; Tassone, int. 6:34.
3RD PERIOD; HERKS; Tassone 18 ( Furtado, R.Crupi ) 10:51. Hachey 5 ( Appel,
Friesen ) 9:29. Meservia 12 ( R.Crupi, Appel ) 2:29.
penalties; HERKS; Furtado, double minor, head check, 7:33. R.Crupi, tripping,
0:30. Bruins; Dale, double minor, head check, 7:33. Crocker, unsportsmanlike, 7:33. Decorte,boarding,6:13.
SHOTS ON GOAL
1ST 2ND 3RD FINAL
HERKS 12 12 14 38
Bruins 4 14 9 27
The Midget A1 Fort William Hurricanes season came to a disappointing end on Sunday evening after battling the Thunder Bay Elks to a 3-3 tie. The Herks needed to beat the Elks and would need some help from the Nipigon Elks beating the Fort William Canadiens, for the Midget A team to reach the post season. The tie would seal their fate and the playoffs were not to be. The Hurricanes played a good game, but would let a 3-0 lead get away from them. Matthew Pogue his fifth and Nick Zappitelli's third, would score two minutes apart in the first period giving the Herks a 2-0 lead after one. Hurricanes starting goalie Mike Simkanin would keep the Elks of the scoresheet by stopping all eleven shots fired his way.
Period two was an Elks sorta period as they would grind and grind and keep the Hurricanes penned up in their zone, the Elks would pepper Simkanin with 17 shots, the Canes would take advantage of some play in the offensive zone and Noah Francis would give the Herks a 3-0 lead with his 15th, with 3:13 left and things looked a little promising, but forty six seconds later the Elks would get on making 3-1 with two complete as Nicholas Staruch found the back of the net on Simkanin.
Forty seconds into the final period the Elks would strike again with Matthew Toderash scoring making it 3-2 Herks. The Hurricanes would try and protect their one goal lead and with 3:55 left Dawson Grant would tie the game at 3-3. Simkanin did all he could as once agin he faced a barrage of Elks shots 15 was the count.
The game would end on a sour note as both teams would be involved in a major scuffle.
The Hurricanes faded down the home stretch, having a few chances to seal up that final playoff spot, but the little inconstancy at times would haunt them. The coaching staff were still very high on a great bunch kids, well mannered and a joy to coach were some of the words expressed by the staff.
1ST PERIOD; HERKS; Pogue 5 ( C.Anderson, Zappitelli ) 11:20. Zapitelli 3 ( B. Anderson ) 9:30.
2ND PERIOD; HERKS; Francis ( Badalato ) 3:13. Elks; Staruch ( Remus ) 2:26.
penalties; HERKS; Pellizarri, double minor head check, 11:45. Littleford, rough, 11:09. Badalto, slashing, 9:52. Baxter, tripping, 1:20. Elks; Magill, check, 13:24. Staruch, xcheck,9:52.
3RD PERIOD; Elks; Toderash ( Ford,Sargent ) 14:18. Grant ( Ball, Staruch ) 3:55.
penalties; Pellizzari, 5 min slashing, game misconduct, 0:00. Deswiage, 5 min, fighting, game misconduct, head check, 0:00.
shots on goal
1st 2nd 3rd Final
HERKS 8 3 7 18
Elks 11 17 15 43
After the Midget AA's clinched the TBMHA division title, there would be no rest for the team as they headed out on a 14 hour bus trip to the big city of Detroit, Michigan to compete in the Motown Cup. They would go undefeated and win the Championship.
The Herks would open the tournament with a 4-1 win over the Soo Tornados, Jonathan Friesen would score twice in the game including the game winner. Other scorers for the Canes would be Anthony Tassone and Jesse Appel, Richard Crupi would chip in with two assists. Jaydan Delaqua would get the win in goal for the Hurricanes. Game two was a tough one as the Canes faced off with the Oakland Bears and the contest would end up a draw at 3-3. Scoring for the Canes would be Matthew Crupi, Eric Wiersema and Chase House, with goaltender Tyler Blazino grabbing the tie. Crupi and Wiersema also had an assist each. The Gonzaga eagles would be the next opponent for the Fort William squad and it would be a 6-2 win for the Canes. Richard Crupi would lead the Herks with two goals and three assists for a five point game. Jesse Appel would also net two goals to go along with his assist, Jonathan Friesen would score his third of the tournament adding one assist, Ben Furtado had a goal, one assist game, and Anthony Tassone had a pair of helpers. Jaydan Delaqua would pick up his second win. Game four would see Friesen score his fourth of the series and it proved to be the game winner, it was scored on the power play as the Hurricanes edged out Blind River 4-2. Tyler Blazino was in goal for the win. Anthony Tassone had a three point game with a goal and two assists, Jesse Appel notched his fourth.
The Championship Final was set and the Herks new it would be a challenge as they were facing off against the same club they fought to a 3-3 tie in the round robin, the Oakland Bears. As scripted it was an exciting game as the top two teams in the tournament squared off, a fast skating hard hitting game would end up tied 2-2 after regulation. The Canes were led by Tassone and Friesen both with a goal and an assist in regulation, the Cane's both goals were scored on the power play. As the game sheets are very blurry its hard to see who scored for Oakland, while the Canes tallied once in periods one and two, with Friesen's fifth was scored in the first, with Tassone scoring in the middle frame.
There would be no scoring in overtime so the game went to a shootout. Delaqua would not be scored on and it would take Tassone to score the only goal giving the Herks a 3-2 win and claim the Motown Cup.
The win was a total team effort from the offence,defence and goaltending, so as they say when you play as a team you win as a team.
The Hurricanes would return home and play their last regular season game and it would see the Herks and the Volunteer Pool Bearcats play to a 1-1 draw.
next up for the Midget AA's will be semi final playoff action Monday February 26th.
The Hurricanes (13-5-10) and the Westend Bruins (8-15-5) will start their of five Midget AA Semi-Finals Monday February 26th, 2018, starting time will be 6:30 pm, Fort William First Nation #1. Game two will be at Fort William First Nation #1, 6:00 pm, Thursday March 1st, the third game of the series will be on Sunday March 4th, Delaney Arena 6:00 pm start time. The Herks and the Bruins were dead even during the regular season with identical record at two wins, two losses and three ties. The other Semi-Final will see the Current River Comets (13-10-3) take on the Fort William Canadiens (14-11-3).
Matias Maenpaa-Berube accepting the Dan Rusnak Bursary
Zach Francis Midget AA Hurricanes with Ron McLean.