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The Fort William Hurricane Midget AA's picked up two exhibition wins over the weekend, scoring a 52 win over the Westend Bruins on Friday and posting a 6-1 win over their arch rivals the Fort William Canadiens.
In Friday's contest the Herks would be led by Richard Crupi and Sage Blackstar with a goal and an assist each, while Jonathan Friesen would chip in with two assists. Ben Furtado, Gregory Blekkenhorst and Jesse Appel would complete the scoring for the Canes. Tyler Blazino was in goal making 25 saves on the 27 shots fired his way. Westend scorers were Adam Crocker and Cameron Waddington.
Richard Crupi would score his first of the year late in the opening frame on the power play with 1:27 remaining. Blazino would stop the 10 Bruins shots.
Period two would see the Hurricanes strike twice, two minutes Blackstar would score his first of the season at 13:48, the Canes would make it 3-0 as Furtado would score on rebound with just over two minutes left in the period. The Canes would lead on the shot clock at 12-5.
Blekkenhorst would increase the Canes lead to 4-0 as he would net his first with 5:09 left, but the Bruins would score twice in a minute and 32 seconds to close the gap to 5-2 and that would be as close as Westend would get.
1ST; HERKS; R.Crupi 1 ( Furtado, Hachey ) pp. 1:27.
penalties; Bruins; Hurd, xcheck, 8:34. DeCorte, trip, 2:18.
2ND; HERKS; Blackstar 1 ( House, Friesen ) 13:18. Furtado 1 ( M.Crupi, R.Crupi) 2:06.
penalties; HERKS; 14 Sgambelluri, holding, 11:45. Meloche, hooking, 9:02. R.Crupi, boarding, 1:41. Blackstar, roughing after whistle, 0:00. Friesen, double minor, head check, 0:00. Bruins; Dykstra, head check, 7:07. DeCorte, double minor head check, 0:00.
3RD; HERKS; Blekkenhorst 1 ( Blackstar, Friesen ) pp. 5:09. Bruins: Crocker,
( Champman) 4:42. Waddington ( Lem ) 3:10. HERKS; Appel 1 ( unassisted ) en.0:36.
penalties; HERKS; Kulmala, head check, 11:53. R.Crupi, goalie interference, 0:55. Bruins; Paxton, slashing, 6:59.
SHOTS ON GOAL
1ST 2ND 3RD FINAL
HERKS 7 12 6 25
Bruins 10 5 12 27
Game two versus the Fort William Canadiens saw the Fort William Hurricanes jump to a 1-0 lead as Anthony Tassone would score his of the season at the 7:42 mark of the opening frame, it would me his first of two of the contest. Both teams could only manage six shots apiece.
Matthew Crupi would make it 2-0 Herks three minutes into period two, Tassone would net his second of the year and game on the power play at 6:17. Blackstar would increase the Canes lead by a 4-0 count with his second of the season. Once again both teams were even on shots with nine.
The Canadiens would start the final stanza quickly scoring 18 seconds in, with Jackson Buffone beating Herks starter Jayden Delaqua and it was now 4-1. The Canes would respond late in the period with Blackstar's third of the year, giving the Herks their four goal lead back, with 3:54 left, Carson Kulmala's first of the year made it 6-1 with 2:53 left in the game. Total shots were 22-18 in favour of the Hurricanes.
It all gets started for real Monday night as the Herks will take on the Volunteer Pool Bearcats, 7:30 Delaney.
1ST; HERKS; Tassone 1 ( Appel ) 7:42.
penalties; HERKS; Friesen, xcheck, 6:33. Canadiens; Laukka, elbow, 0:00.
2ND; HERKS; M.Crupi 1 ( R.Crupi ) 12:03. Tassone 2 ( Kulmala ) pp. 6:17. Blackstar 2 ( Sgambelluri ) 3:41.
penalties; HERKS; Meloche, xcheck, 1:08. Canadiens; Wrigley, boarding, 7:42. Ongaro, holding, 1:08.
3RD; Canadiens; Buffone ( McGuire, Mancusa ) 1442. HERKS; Blackstar 3 ( Friesen, Hachey ) 3:54. Kulmala 1 ( House ) 2:53.
penalties; HERKS; Sgambelluri, int. 6:31. Canadiens; Mancusa, high stick, 14:23. Mancusa, check,2:48.
Jesse Appel's second goal of the season with 6:17 left in period three would give the Fort William Hurricanes Midget AA's a 1-1 tie in a hard fought defensive contest with the Volunteer Pool Bearcats. It was the first regular season game for both teams.
Period one seemed like both teams were in a very cautious mode of play, defence was the name of the game with low shot totals. Tyler Blazino would see six shots in the Herks net while Gavin Perkins would stop seven, and the first would end scoreless.
Period two would see both teams awarded lengthly five on three penalties and only the Bearcats would capitalize on their power play scoring the lone second period goal with 1:49 remaining, Lorenzo Pasqualino would come from behind the Hurricanes net and stuff it by Blazino. The score would be 1-0 Bearcats after two.
Once again penalties would play a part in the score, both teams again enjoyed extensive 5on3 power plays and this time the Canes would take advantage and Appel's shoulder high shot beat Perkins for a 1-1 tie with just over six minutes to play. One of the highlights, with the score still 1-0 VP, the Bearcat's player broke in all alone from the blue line and Blazino would make the key stop keeping the Hurricanes within striking distance and it did payoff with the late third period goal. The early game saw the Fort William canadiens blank the Westend Bruins 4-0.
Next up will be on Wednesday October 4th, 7:30 Delaney as the Hurricanes will face off with the Fort William Canadiens.
1ST; no scoring. penalties; Bearcats; Woods, high stick, 4:22.
2ND; Bearcats; Pasqualino ( unassisted ) pp. 1:49
penalties; HERKS; Meservia, double minor, spearing, 3:33. Appel, slashing, 0:53.
Bearcats; Pasqualino, head check, 13:50. Atwill, check,7:21.Fazzari, kneeing, 6:43.
3rd; HERKS; Appel 2 ( Hachey, Kulmala ) pp.6:17.
penalties; HERKS; Furtado, slashing, 12:34. Appel, roughing, 11:20. Tassone, holding, 1:06. Bearcats; McGonigal, roughing, 7:54. Pasqualino, slashing, 6:55.
SHOTS ON GOAL
1ST 2ND 3RD FINAL
HERKS 8 7 8 23
Bearcats 6 10 11 27
After seeing their five game winning streak come to a halt, the Midget AA Fort William Hurricanes got back on track by scoring a 4-1 win over the Volunteer Pool Bearcats. Jesse Appel would score the game winner late in the second period breaking a 1-1 deadlock. Herks goaltender, Jaydan Delacqua would only be beaten once grabbing the win in net.
Jonathan Friesen would get the Canes on the board half way through period one, netting his third of the year on the power play. The Bearcats did however out shoot the Hurricanes 11-6.
Appel would score with 3:46 left with his seventh of the season, and the Herks would go into the break with a slim 2-0 lead after two periods.
Volunteer Pool would match the Herks power play goal with one of their own as Nick Fazzari's blast eluded Delacqua and the game was now 2-1 at the 14:38 mark of period three.
Jordan Meservia would break down the left side let go a slap shot and score his first of the year at 7:33 of the third period and the Hurricanes had a two goal lead at 3-1, with just over a minute left in the game Mason Hachey's point shot got by a screened Bearcats goalie, giving him four goals for the year.
The Canes played a scrambled game at times, playing hard at times and then a little lax at other times, but played when they had to to get the job done. They were playing short like all the Midget AA Clubs as injuries are starting to mount.
A rematch between the Fort William Hurricanes and the Volunteer Pool Bearcats will be played on Monday November 13th, 7:30 pm. Delaney Arena.
1ST PERIOD; HERKS; Friesen 3 ( Tassone ) pp. 8:02.
penalties; HERKS; Meservia, charging, 13:37. Meloche, int. 1:30. Bearcats; Kolic, head check, 10:50. Tipple, tripping, 9:01.
2ND PERIOD; HERKS; Appel 7 ( Friesen ) 3:46.
Penalties; HERKS; Appel, slashing, 10 minute misconduct, 1:19. bench minor, 1:19.
3RD PERIOD; Bearcats; Fazzari ( Ducharme, Venezano ) pp. 14:38. HERKS; Meservia 1 ( Blackstar, Kulmala ) 7:33. Hachey 3 ( unassisted ) 1:12.
penalties; Bearcats; Woods, high stick, 4:10.
SHOTS ON GOAL
1ST 2ND 3RD FINAL
HERKS 6 12 16 34
Bearcats 11 8 8 27
Ben Furtado would score the opening and closing goals of the game and the Fort William Hurricanes would edge the Westend Bruins 3-2 in Midget AA action on Wednesday night, Richard Crupi chipped in with a goal and an assist, with Jesse Appel grabbing two helpers for the winners. Nick D'Angelo would have a two point night for Westend, with a goal and one helper.
Furtado's fourth of the season would give the Canes the early lead three minutes into the game, Richard Crupi would score at the 3:57 mark with his third of the year giving the Herks a 2-0 lead after one. The Canes would have a 10-7 shot advantage.
Adam Crocker would bring the Westend team within one of the Canes as he scored at the 13:46 mark of period two making it 2-1, again the Hurricanes were on top in shots at 12-10, and the frame would end with Canes hanging on to a 2-1 lead.
The Hurricanes would regain their two goal lead at 3-1 on Furtado's second of the contest giving him five for the year, it would be at the 6:37 mark. The Bruins would battle back with D'Angelo scoring with five minutes left in the game and it was now 3-2. Defense and Herks starter Tyler Blazino in goal would close the door and preserve the Herks win.
The Canes looked improved on their defensive game and were starting to get their skating legs in gear.
Next up will be a tough one with the Current River Comets, on Wednesday October 25, 9:00 pm, Fort William First Nation #1.
1ST PERIOD; HERKS; Furtado 4 ( Appel, R.Crupi ) 12:06. R.Crupi 3 ( Appel, Kulamala ) 3:57.
penalties; HERKS; Sgambelluri, holding, 2:55. R.Crupi, slashing, 0:00.
2ND PERIOD; Bruins; Crocker ( D'Angleo, Bottoset ) 13:46.
penalties; HERKS; Sgambelluri, slashing, 5:27. Meservia, hooking, 1:06. Bruins; Crocker, double minor, headcheck, 13:46.
3RD PERIOD; HERKS; Furtado 5 ( Tassone, Hachey ) 6:37. Bruins; D'Angelo
( Dykstra, Paxton ) 4:59.
penalties; HERKS; Meservia, slashing, 9:49.
1ST 2ND 3RD FINAL
HERKS 10 12 10 32
Bruins 7 10 12 29
The Fort William Hurricanes and the Westend Bruins played to 2-2 tie in Midget AA action, rookie D-man Mason Hachey scored twice for the Herks, while the Bruins tallied twice on the power play.
The Herks would score with just under five minutes left in the first period as Hachey would get goal number one of the game and his first of the season. It would be an even period on the shot clock with both teams firing seven.
Period two was all Westend as they would pepper Canes starter Tyler Blazino with 14 shots and would get one by Blazino on the power play as Paul Chapman would score on a rebound to tie the game at 1-1. The Bruins would continue to take it to the Hurricanes but Blazino was there to keep the game tied. It looked like both teams would settle for a 1-1 tie going into period three, but with 1.5 seconds on the clock, Hachey would fire a point shot that would handcuff Bruins net minder Connor Lemieux and the Herks found themselves up a goal; 2-1.
The Hurricanes got into penalty trouble throughout the game and it would cost them again, this time Kyler Basaraba would connect on a rebound for the Bruins and the contest was tied at 2-2. Defense would take over for the remaining portion of the period and the game would end in a tie.
The Canes are still trying to find their scoring touch as they have scored a total of four goals in three regular season games. The Canes were playing shorthanded as four players were absent, due to injuries and other commitments. Next up will be an exhibition game on Monday October 16, 7:30,pm. Delaney Arena with the AAA Bantam Kings being the opponent.
1ST PERIOD; HERKS; Hachey 1 ( Meservia, M.Crupi ) 4:23.
penalties; HERKS; Kulmala, tripping, 2:06. Bruins; Decorte, slashing, 10:28.
2ND PERIOD; Bruins; Chapman ( Jeffers ) pp. 9:30. HERKS; Hachey 2 ( M.Crupi, Merservia ) 0:01.
penalties; HERKS; Blazino, roughing, 14:32. Blackstar, tripping, 10:57. Meloche,int. 10:09. M.Crupi, slashing, 2:20. Bruins; Lem, tripping, 10:19.
3RD PERIOD; Bruins; Basaraba ( Bottoset ) 8:26.
penalties; HERKS; M,Crupi, goalie int. 8:50.
SHOTS ON GOAL
1ST 2ND 3RD FINAL
HERKS 7 4 7 18
Bruins 7 14 7 28
The Fort William Hurricane Midget AA's overcame a two deficit and went on to edge the previous undefeated first place, Current River Comets 3-2. Jesse Appel lead the Herks comeback with a pair of goals. Jaydan Delaqua was solid in the Canes net.
The Herks will face-off on Saturday evening against the Fort William Canadiens.
Two goals each by Ben Furtado and Chase House and Jesse Appel powered the Fort William Hurricane Midget AA team to a 7-3 win over the Bantam AAA Kings in exhibition action, all three also chipped in with two assists. Nolan Desjardins led the Bantams with two goals and one assist. Jaydan Delaqua picked up the win in net for the Herks.
The Kings would jump into the lead at the 9:43 mark of the opening period as Matthew Valiquette would get one by Delaqua for a 1-0 lead. Richard Crupi's second of the year would tie the game at 1-1. But with just seventeen seconds left in the period Desjardins would score his first of the game, and the Bantams found themselves ahead 2-1 after one.
Period two would see the Hurricanes score four unanswered goals in an eight minute span. House would score his first of the season and game tying the score at the 11:06 mark, Appel's third of the year was scored on the power play at 7:52 and the Canes had their first lead of the game at 3-2, Furtado's goal at a minute and fifty one seconds later would increase the Herks lead to 4-2 giving him two goals on the year, Appel would net his second of the game and fourth of the year with 3:21 left in the middle frame. Desjardins second of the game would get by the Hurricanes net minder and the Kings would close the gap to 5-3 at periods end.
The Herks would strike for two more goals in the final period with House and Furtado netting their second goals of the game, House would get his second of the year at 11:45, while Furtado's third of the season came with 6:47 left, making the final score 7-3. The Hurricanes were outshot 28-25.
It was good to see the Herks scoring come back into play, a much needed boost and will need it come, Wednesday October 18, 7:30 Delaney as the Westend Bruins will provide the competion.
1ST PERIOD; Kings; Valiquette ( Desjardins, Caddo ) 9:43. HERKS; R.Crupi 2
( Friesen, House ) 3:07. Kings; Desjardins ( Pineau, Valiquette ) 0:17.
penalties; HERKS; Sgambelluri, xcheck, 14:34. R.VCrupi, boarding, 7:23.
2ND PERIOD; HERKS; House 1 ( Furtado, M.Crupi ) 11:06. Appel 3 ( House, Friesen ) pp. 7:52. Furtado 2 ( Appel, Hachey ) 6:01 Appel 4 ( Furtado, Meservia) 3:21. Kings; Desjardins ( Garon, Valiquette ) 2:23.
penalties; HERKS; House, boarding, 13:51. Kulmala, roughing, 3:34.
Kings; Desjardins,bench minor, 13:28. Desjardins; xcheck, 9:14.
3RD PERIOD; HERKS; House 2 ( Friesen, Meservia ) 11:25. Furtado 3 ( Appel, Tassone ) 5:47.
penalties; Kings; Desjardins, double minor, head check, 3:34.
SHOTS ON GOAL
1ST 2ND 3RD FINAL
HERKS 3 12 10 25
Kings 9 6 13 28
The Midget AA Hurricanes saw their five game winning streak come to a disappointing end, by dropping a 3-1 decision to the Fort William Canadiens. The loss was not the important part of the game, as all were concerned about a serious injury to Hurricanes forward Richard Crupi, who lay on the ice for a period of time after taking a check from behind, all was relieved when the player got up and skated off the ice with help, to the dressing room. From all reports the player had suffered back and head injuries and is day to day.
The Canadiens would get on the score sheet first as Sammy Mancusa found an open net to deposit his first of two, scoring at 11:09. The berks were outshot by a 13-10 count.
Anthony Tassone would tie the game at 1-1 two minutes into period two and that would be it for their scoring. Being awarded a five minute power play at the 10 minute mark, the Canes could only muster three shots on goal during the length of the man advantage. Shortly after the power play expired Jonathan Catanzaro would break the tie and lift the Canadiens to a 2-1 lead after two complete. However the Hurricanes did out shoot the opposition 14-13. But Canadiens goaltender Zach Prenger stood his ground just allowing the early period goal.
The Hurricanes would come out flat in period three and could not manage any kind of sustained offence, firing a mere four shots at the Canadiens net. Macusa
would score his second goal of the game at the 7:30 mark, icing the victory at 3-1. Tyler Blazino was more than solid in the Canes goal and once again had to make several key saves just to keep the game close.
The Canadiens avenged an earlier loss to the Herks and are now one point behind the Canes for second spot in the tough Midget AA standings. The next game for the Hurricanes ( 3-2-3 ) will be on Monday evening November 6, 9:00 pm, Delaney with the surging Volunteer Pool Bearcats ( 2-4-1 ).
1ST PERIOD; Canadiens; Mancusa ( Laukka, Weiss ) 11:09.
penalties; HERKS; Hachey, hooking, 8:14. Sgambelluri, xcheck, 5:27. R.Crupi, int.0:52. Canadiens; Cattani, hooking, 9:01.
2ND PERIOD; HERKS; Tassone ( Friesen, Furtado ) 13:29. Canadiens; Catanzaro
( Main, Weiss ) 5:06.
penalties; HERKS; Friesen, tripping, 12:51. Appel, 12:23.. Canadiens; Ongaro, five minute major, game misconduct, check from behind, 10:22. Buffone, slashing, 2:43.
3RD PERIOD; Canadiens; Mancusa ( Laukka ) 7:30.
penalties; HERKS; Meloche, int.10:24. Meservia, roughing, 5:27. Canadines; McGuire, slashing, 5:54. Hogan, roughing, 5:27.
SHOTS ON GOAL
1ST 2ND 3RD FINAL
HERKS 10 14 4 28
Canadiens 13 13 10 36
Ben Furtado would score twice, leading the Fort William Hurricanes to a 4-1 win over their arch rival Fort William Canadiens, in Midget AA play Monday evening.
Ben Furtado's second goal of the game on the power play proved to be the game winner, Furtado would score twice and assist on one giving him a three point night, Richard Crupi had two helpers. Tyler Blazino had a great night in the Hurricanes goal by just allowing one goal on thirty shots.
Furtado's seventh of the season came on the power play, giving the Herks a 1-0 lead at the 8:13 mark of period one. But the Canadiens would tie the game with Liam Wrigley scoring with 6:41 remaining. Shots were even at ten apiece.
With 4:03 left in period two Furtado would strike again notching his eighth of the campaign giving the Canes a one goal lead agin. The Canadiens outshot the Herks 12-5.
The final period was back and forth, fast hard hockey, with solid goaltending, it wasn't till the final minute did the Herks feel comfortable, as Matthew Crupi scored his third of the year and the Canes could breathe a little easier at 3-1. Sage Blackstar would score his fifth of the season while on the power play and only thirteen seconds was left on the clock.
Once again Blazino was solid between the pipes and made some key saves at the right time, and the Hurricanes would get their second win of the season.
The Herks ( 2-1-3 ) will face the first place Current River Comets ( 5-0-0 ) for the second time in a week. November 1st, 9:00 pm. Delaney Arena.
1ST PERIOD; HERKS; Furtado 7 ( R.Crupi ) pp. 8:13. Canadiens; Wrigley
( Lauka, Weiss ) 6:41.
penalties; HERKS; Blekkenhorst, holding, 3:04. M.Crupi, head check, 0:17.
Canadiens; Buffone, tripping, 9:52.
2ND PERIOD; HERKS; Furtado 8 ( R.Crupi ) 4:03.
3RD PERIOD; HERKS; M. Crupi 3 ( Friesen ) 1:21. Blackstar 5 ( Furtado ) 0:13.
penalties; HERKS; Appel, high stick, 10:02. Friesen, int. 3:33. Canadiens;
Mancusa, int. 0:48.
SHOTS ON GOAL
1ST 2ND 3RD FINAL
HERKS 10 5 11 26
Canadiens 10 12 8 30
The Fort William Hurricane Midget AA's were within four seconds of handing the front running Current River Comets their first regular season loss. With the Comet's goalie pulled for the extra attacker and the Canes hanging on to a 3-2 lead, Dawson Kaemingh would pounce on a loose puck and score tying the game at 3-3.
Brady Dowswell would score at the 9:16 mark of period one and the Comets would take a 1-0 lead, but the Herks would respond with two unanswered goals to take a 2-1 lead after one. Jonathan Friesen would score his first two goals of the year, his first of the game would come shorthanded at 7:59, and with a minute and a half remaining he would net his second of the game and year. The Canes outshot Current River 11-7.
The only goal score in the middle period would be by the Comets with Mark Vanska tying the game at 2-2, shots were 10-9 in favour of Current River.
It would take the Hurricanes a minute and a half of the third period to retake the at 3-2 with Ben Furtado scoring his sixth of the year. It seemed like the Herks were happy just sitting on a one goal lead and the Comets would take the game to them. Herks starting goaltender Jaydan Delaqua would hold his team in the contest making several key stops preserving the one goal Canes lead. But an in advert icing by the Hurricanes would be crucial, with 16 seconds left in the period there would be a face-off in the Herks end, a desperate effort to hold off the Comets would not happen as Kaemingh found the loose puck and tucked in by Delaqua for the game tying goal with four ticks left on the clock.
The Hurricanes would have a solid effort rewarded with the one point, but letting that extra point slip away hopefully won't cost them down the road. The Herks held the Comet's offence off the scoresheet with a great defensive game, backed up by a strong performance in goal. Sage Blackstar would have a two assist game.
Up next for the Midget AA's will be the first battle of the two Fort William teams as the Fort William Canadiens ( 3-1-1) and the Fort William Hurricanes ( 1-1-3 )
game time is 9:00 pm October 30th, Delaney Arena.
1ST PERIOD; Comets; Dowswell ( Belluz ) 9:16. HERKS; Friesen 1 ( unassisted ) sh. 7:59. Friesen 2 ( Blackstar ) 1:35.
penalties; HERKS; Appel, boarding, 8:07.
2ND PERIOD; Comets; Vanska ( Kaemingh ) 2:49.
penalties; HERKS; R.Crupi, double minor, head check, 8:07. Comets; Dowswell, double minor, head check, 8:07. Syposz, tripping, 1:32.
3RD PERIOD; HERKS; Furtado 6 ( Blackstar ) 13:35. Comets; Kaemingh
( Prytstanski ) 0:04.
penalties; HERKS; R.Crupi, xcheck, 12:13. Tassone, high stick, 9:52. Comets;
Syposz, roughing, 12:13. Kaemingh, hooking, 11:23. Commisso, hooking, 3:39.
SHOTS ON GOAL
1ST 2ND 3RD FINAL
HERKS 11 10 9 30
Comets 7 9 16 32
A late goal with 1:45 left in the game by Ben Furtado would give the Fort William Hurricane Midget AA's a 4-4 draw with the Westend Bruins. Jonathan Friesen would score a pair for the Canes, while Furtado, Anthony Tassone, Mason Hachey and Jesse Appel would all have a two point game. The Bruins were led by Jacob West with two goals and one assist.
West would score his first of two and a half minutes into the game as he would bang in a rebound passed Canes starter Jaydan Delaqua and the Bruins would take a 1-0 lead, Friesen would answer that with his first of two on a great couple of moves, tying the game at 1-1 with his sixth of the season. The Herks would outshoot the Bruins 13-4, Westend's starting tender Connor Lemieux was stellar.
Westend would score twice early in period two, with West scoring his second of the game at 12:16, the Bruins would increase the score to 3-1 with Adam Crocker scoring at the 10:24 mark. Jesse Appel's ninth of the year would bring the Canes within one at 3-2 that would end the period. The Bruins would fire 12 shots at Delaqua, with the Herks countering with nine.
Period three would see the Hurricanes turn up the offence but could not solve Lemieux and with 5:07 left in the game Westend would make it 4-2 with Rory Jeffrers scoring, and things looked tough for the Canes. Friesen's second of the game came off a beauty feed from Anthony Tassone and Friesen's seventh of the year would bring the Herks within one at 4-3 with 3:38 remaining in the game, and with just under a minute later Furtado would rip his tenth from the slot and the Hurricanes battled back to tie the game at 4-4, Lemieux would face 16 shots.
It was a great game and showed that the Hurricanes played with heart not giving up. The only downside with the tie it would place the Herks in second place as the front running Current River Comets were winners in the later game.
The Hurricanes will take a break from regular season play as they will be heading south to Minnetonka to compete in the tournament. Opening game will be Friday December 8th and will take on a team from Edina Mn.
1ST PERIOD; Bruins; West ( Paxton ) 13:17. HERKS; Friesen 6 ( Furtado, Tassone ) 7:52.
penalties; HERKS; bench, to many men, 10:47. Friesen, xcheck, 0:15. Bruins; Paxton, tripping, 8:12.
2nd PERIOD; Bruins; West ( Crocker ) 12:16. Crocker ( Paxton, West ) 10:24.
HERKS; Appel 9 ( Hachey, Mesevia ) pp.7:32.
penalties; Bruins; Jeffers, double minor, head check, 4:40.
3RD PERIOD; Bruins; Jeffers ( Bottoset ) 5:07. HERKS; Friesen 7 ( Tassone, House ) 3:38. Furtado 10 ( Hachey, Tassone ) 1:45.
SHOTS ON GOAL
1ST 2ND 3RD FINAL
HERKS 13 9 16 38
Bruins 4 12 5 21
The Fort William Hurricane Midget AA's rebounded back after a lopsided 8-1 defeat at the hands of the AAA Bantam Kings, with a hard fought 1-1 tie with the same club in a back to back series. Jaydan Delaqua was solid in the net for the Canes, stopping 32 of 33 shots fired his way.
The Herks would open the scoring with 4:26 left in the opening period as Ben Furtado would net his 11th of the season, this would be the only period the Canes would outshoot their opponent 9-4.
Period two would only be two minutes old and the Kings would get the equalizer as Noel Desjardins would get one by Delaqua and the contest was tied at 1-1, it would be the only goal to get by the Hurricane net minder as the AAA's mounted a 13 shot barrage.
The final frame would be scoreless, but not because there was no offence the Bantams would test Delaqua 16 more times but he would not yield to the Kings and would make several key stops preserving the tie and holding on to an important single point.
The offence has dried up a wee bit for the Herks scoring only five goals in their last three games. Injuries are starting to mount up and with the Christmas break around the corner the Canes will need the time off to heal.
Next game for the Hurricanes (8-3-5) will be Wednesday December 27th, 7:30 pm, with the Westend Bruins( 6-7-3 ) being the opposition.
1ST PERIOD; HERKS; Furtado 11 ( Hachey ) 4:26.
penalties; HERKS; Meloche, roughing,9:01. Kings; Desjardins; holding, 9:01.
Sargent, hooking, 2:38.
2ND PERIOD; Kings; Desjardins ( Lewis ) 13:00.
3RD PERIOD; no scoring.
penalties; HERKS; M.Crupi, head check, 6:21. Kings; Caddo, tripping, 13:09.
SHOTS ON GOAL
1ST 2ND 3RD FINAL
HERKS 9 9 6 24
Kings 4 13 16 33
Jordan Meservia scored twice and Tyler Blazino made 31 saves as the Fort William Hurricane Midget AA's hung on to edge the AAA Bantam Kings 5-4, with the win the Herks were temporarily in first place in the TBMHA Midget AA standings.
Meservia would score his first of two nine minutes into the opening frame and the Canes had a 1-0 on his second of the season. The Kings would answer back 48 seconds later with Jack Michaelis tying the game at 1-1. The AAA's outshot the Hurricanes 9-6.
The Bantams would take a 2-1 lead five minutes in period two with Tyler Lewis finding net behind Blazino, the Herks would respond with three unanswered goals, Jesse Appel would score his eighth of the season at 9:20, at 5:22 Anthony Tassone would give the Herks the lead back at 3-2 it would be his fifth of the campaign, Jacob Scagbelluri's point shot would increase the Canes lead to 4-2 he would score his first of the season with 3:26 remaining in the second. Again the Kings were ahead on the shot clock at 13-11.
It looked like the Herks were gunna walk away with the win as Meservia's second of the game would make it 5-2 with 6:47 left in the game. But the better conditioned Bantams would not go away and twenty seconds later they would score with Nolan Desjardins closing the score to 5-3, and at the 5:09 mark the AAA's would strike again, with Lewis scoring his second of the game and suddenly it was a one goal game at 5-4. The Kings would press but Blazino was there ready and able.
It was a game of not playing three full periods for the Hurricanes and against the AAA Kings you must stay focused and play your game for three solid periods.
The Hurricanes (7-2-3 ) will have a week off before they take on the West End Bruins ( 4-5-2 ) Monday December 4th, 7:30 pm. Delaney Arena.
1ST PERIOD; HERKS; Meservia 2 ( M.Crupi, Wiersema ) 8:56. Kings; Michaelis
( Stevenson ) 8:08.
2ND PERIOD; Kings; Lewis ( Pineau ) 10:00. HERKS; Appel 8 ( unassisted ) 9:20. Tassone 5 ( unassisted ) 5:22. Sgambelluri 1 ( Furtado, R.Crupi ) 3:26.
penalties; HERKS; Meloche, xcheck, 12:51. Meloche, int. 7:24.
3RD PERIOD; HERKS; Meservia 3 ( Appel, Tassone ) 6:47. Kings; Desjardins
( unassisted ) 6:27. Lewis ( Matyasovszky ) 5:09.
penalties; HERKS; House, elbow, 13:03. Blazino, slashing, 4:51. Kings; Pineau, holding, 12:46. Dunmore, goalie int. 4:51.
SHOTS ON GOAL
1ST 2ND 3RD FINAL
HERKS 6 11 10 27
Kings 8 13 14 35
Eric Wiersema returned to the Fort William Hurricane Midget AA's lineup after missing the first 12 games due to injury. Wiersema would figure in on all four Herk goals, with a goal and three assists. The Canes would go on to a 4-1 win over the Volunteer Pool Bearcats. Jonathan Friesen would tally twice and Tyler Blazino would pick up the win in goal for the Hurricanes.
Wiersema would get the Canes on the scoresheet with his first of the year ripping a wrist shot passed Bearcat goalie Peter Daniele with 5:22 left in period one. VP would manage to outshoot the Herks by a 8-7.
The two teams would exchange goals in the second period, Friesen's first of the game on the power play came at 8:51 of the period and his fourth of the season would give the Canes a 2-0 lead, but just under two minutes later the Bearcats would strike back with Chris Veneruz beating Blazino with a perfect deflection, and period two would end 2-1 Canes.
The Herks would score early and late in the final frame, Ben Furtado's ninth on the power play increased the Cane lead to 3-1 scoring at 12:41. With 2:08 left Friesen's second of the game and fifth of the year had the Canes up by three and the final score would read Herks 4, Bearcats 1.
With the return of Wiersema and Richard Crupi the Canes are almost at full strength with only Chase House still out of the lineup nursing an injury, it will be a lighter schedule for the month November. They will be off for week before their next game as they will do battle with the first place Current River Comets on Monday November 20th, 7:30 pm, Delaney Arena.
1ST PERIOD; HERKS; Wiersema 1 ( R.Crupi ) 5:22.
penalties; HERKS; R.Crupi, slashing, 3:34. Furtado, hooking, 0:12.
2ND PERIOD; HERKS; Friesen 4 ( Wiersema ) pp. 8:51. Bearcats; Veneruz
( DiFranco ) 6:16.
penalties; Bearcats; Veneruz, hooking, 9:35.
3RD PERIOD; HERKS; Furtado 9 ( Tassone, Wiersema ) pp. 12:41. Friesen 5
( Wiersema, Tassone ) 2:08.
penalties; HERKS; Meloche, int. 11:44. Tassone, boarding, 6:47. R.Crupi, tripping, 6:17. Bearcats; Couch, high sticking, 14:18. Fazzari, high sticking,
SHOTS ON GOAL
1ST 2ND 3RD FINAL
HERKS 7 9 13 29
Bearcats 8 8 5 21
The Fort William Hurricane Midget AA's played their last two contests on the light side as injuries are now starting to take a toll on the team. But as the club has played shorthanded (as most of the league has) they still managed two very important two points in the Midget AA standings. Against the Current River Comets the Canes would battle back from a 3-1 deficit and settle for a 3-3 draw. Two power play goals would aid the Herks to the tie. Jonathan Friesen would have a two point game. A game versus the AAA Bantam Kings would see another tie for the Canes, this time the Kings would tie the Herks on the power play late in period two, making it 2-2. There would be no scoring in the third frame. Once again Friesen would chip in with a two point game, a goal and an assist, Jordan Meservia would also chip in with a goal and one helper.
First place was on the line in the game with the Comets, with the Herks clinging to a two point lead. Meservia's seventh, would get things started on the power play as his long shot would elude Current River starter Cameron Taylor and the Canes had a 1-0 lead at the 9:49 mark. But the Comets would strike twice in the first with just over two minutes remaining. Andy Prystanski would find himself alone in front of the Hurricanes net and he would bury one by goaltender Jaydan Delaqua and the game was tied at 1-1, but a minute later Current River would take the lead at 2-1 as Mark Vanska scored. The Comets would fire 12 shots at Delaqua, while the Canes put up six.
Current River would go up 3-1 at the 6:32 mark of period two with John Commisso finding the back of the net. Richard Crupi would bring the Canes within one at 3-2 scoring on the power play, with just twenty one seconds left. Again the Comets held the shot advantage 11-4.
The Herks injuries were starting to mount as three forwards were injured in the second and did not come out for the final frame. It was a back and forth period with the Canes offence putting up ten shots, with the defence keeping the Comets at bay and holding them to eight shots and with 7:12 left in the third Friesen's ninth of the season would give the Herks a 3-3 tie, and that was all the scoring for remainder of the game.
With the come from behind tie the Hurricanes would maintain their two point grasp on top spot in the Midget AA standings.
The Bantam game was similar, low scoring, strong defence and solid goaltending for the Herks, as they would earn a 2-2 draw with the Kings.
The Bantam's would open the scoring at the 7:29 mark of the opening frame with Noah Broughton getting one by Herks net minder Tyler Blazino, and with just thirty seven seconds left in the first, Friesen's 10th would tie the game at 1-1.
Meservia would score five minutes into the second frame giving him eight on the year and the Canes had a 2-1 lead, the Kings would answer that one with a power play goal at 2:26 with Hunter Matyasovzky scoring and it was 2-2 after two.
There would be no scoring in the third period and the Herks would limp away with a point and increase their division lead to three points over the Current River team. The Hurricanes ( 10-3-8) will not have much time to heal as they return to action on Monday January 15th, 9:00 pm. Delaney Arena, taking on the Fort William Canadiens (8-10-3).
1ST PERIOD; HERKS; Meservia 7( Friesen, Tassone ) pp. 9:49. Comets; Prystanski ( Nisbet, Smeltzer ) 2:04. Vanska ( Thompson ) 1:07.
penalties; Comets; Commisso, tripping, 11:02.
2ND PERIOD; Comets; Commisso ( unassisted ) 6:32. HERKS; R.Crupi 6
( M.Crupi ) pp. 0:21.
penalties; HERKS; Friesen, rough, & unsportsmanlike, 8:58. Comets; Nisbet, int. 11:41. Thompson, rough, 8:58. Bevilacqua, slashing, 2:14.
3RD PERIOD; HERKS; Friesen 9 ( Furtado ) 7:12.
1ST PERIOD; Kings; Broughton ( Pineau ) 7:29. HERKS; Friesen 10 ( Meloche, Meservia ) 0:37.
2ND PERIOD; HERKS; Meservia 8 ( Furtado, Friesen ). Kings; Matyasovszky
Lewis, Garon ) pp. 2:26.
penalties; HERKS; Meloche, slashing, 3:10. Sgambelluri, int. 1:12.
3RD PERIOD; no scoring.
penalties; HERKS; Meloche; int.10:32. Meloche, 5 min.major, kneeing & game misconduct. 6:19. Kings; Cook, hooking, 4:18.
The Fort William Hurricanes Midget AA's played an all around hard fought game with the West End Bruins and came out on top with a 6-1 win, with the victory the Herks would clinch top spot in the Midget AA Division. Jonathan Friesen was the Canes top point getter with a three point game, two goals and one assist. Other multiple point players were Anthony Tassone, with a goal and two assists while Ben Furtado would chip in with a pair of goals. Tyler Blazino made 26 saves on the 27 shots he faced giving him the win in goal.
Friesen would open the scoring with his seventh of the season at the 9:51 mark of the first period. The Bruins would manage to outshoot the Canes but Blazino would stop all eleven shots, with the Herks firing seven at West End goalie Cole Jacobson.
The Bruins would tie the game four minutes into period two as Cody Hurd would bank one off Blazino's back and game was tied at 1-1. Once again scoring was scarce with only two goals scored after two periods.
Period three would see the Hurricanes score five unanswered goals to put the game away and seal the win. At the 11:00 mark of the frame the scoring would start, Tassone would start things going with his twelfth of the season, Furtado would score at 9:26 with his 17th, making the score 3-1, Chase House's ninth would increase the lead to 4-1, Furtado would make it 5-1 with number eighteen at 6:21 and the second of the night, the Herks sixth goal came with 3:31 left in the game and it would be Friesen's second of the game and 18th for the year.
It was a well played game by the Hurricanes where their scoring came to the forefront after a bit of a struggle offensively but on the other hand the defence tighten up and the goaltending was stellar. The game may have looked a little passive at times because after tonights contest, the Midget AA's are off to the big city of Detroit for a weekend tournament. "GO HERKS" good luck play hard.
The Hurricanes will close off the regular season on Thursday February 22nd, 9:00 pm, Delaney Arena versus the Volunteer Pool Bearcats.
1ST PERIOD; HERKS; Friesen 17 ( Meservia ) 9:51.
penalties; HERKS; Tassone, int. 2:48.
2ND PERIOD; Bruins; Hurd ( Decorte ) 11:16.
penalties; Bruins; Dale, slashing, 2:33.
3RD PERIOD; HERKS; Tassone 12 ( Kulmala, House ) 11:00. Furtado 17
( Tassone ) 9:26. House 9 ( unassisted ) 8:36. Furtado 18 ( Friesen, Weirsema ) 6:21. Friesen 18 ( unassisted ) 3:31.
SHOTS ON GOAL
1ST 2ND 3RD FINAL
HERKS 7 9 16 32
Bruins 11 9 7 27
With the playoffs fast approaching and first place still up for grabs in the Midget AA Division of the Thunder Bay Minor Hockey, it was the final edition of the battle of the Forts. The Fort William Hurricanes would face off for the sixth time this season versus the Fort William Canadiens, with the Canadiens holding a 3-2 advantage in the series. The Hurricanes would get two goals from Jesse Appel and would go onto edge the Canadiens 4-3, if the Canadiens would have won they would have climbed into a first place tie with the Herks. And still not out of the picture are the Current River Comets. The Canes would get a three assist game from Ben Furtado and two points each from Anthony Tassone and Jonathan Friesen, a goal and an assist. Jaydan Delaqua would get the win in goal for the Canes.
After a scoreless opening frame,the Canadiens would open the scoring with just over five minutes remaining in period two with Jackson Buffone scoring his first of two at 5:35,but two and half minutes later Appel would tie the game at 1-1 with his 14th of the year, and with just thirteen seconds left in the second, the Herks would take a 2-1 lead as Tassone notched his eleventh on the power play.
Buffone would tie the game at 2-2 with his second of the game just forty nine seconds into the final period, a minute later the Canadiens would take a 3-2 lead as Devlin Mcguire scored on the power play. The Hurricanes would comeback and tie the contest at 3-3 as Friesen's backhand gave him sixteen on the year. The Herks were awarded a late power play and that set the stage for Appel's second goal of the game and fifteen for the season, and the Canes would hang on to claim a very hard fought 4-3 win.
The win would put the Hurricanes in first place, but with the Current River Comets winning the early game it would bring them within two points of the Canes, both teams have two games remaining.
Next action for the Hurricanes will be Wednesday February 14th, 9:00 pm, Fort William First Nations #1
1ST PERIOD; no scoring.
penalties; Catanzaro, tripping, 1:51.
2ND PERIOD; Canadiens; Buffone ( Catanzaro, Wrigley ) 5:35. HERKS; Appel 14
( Tassone, R.Crupi ) 3:00. Tassone 11 ( Friesen, Furtado ) pp.0:13.
penalties; HERKS; Wiersema, kneeing, 12:43. Meservia, int. 1:56. Canadiens;
Catanzaro,slashing, 1:56. Mancusa, int, 0:49.
3RD PERIOD; Canadiens; Buffone ( McGuire, Wrigley ) 14:11. McGuire ( Cattani, Mancusa ) pp. 13:18. HERKS; Friesen 16 ( Furtado, Meservia ) 12:53. Appel 15
( House, Furtado ) pp. 1:05.
penalties; HERKS; Appel, roughing, 13:59. Canadiens; Catanzaro, boarding, 2:22.
Anthony Tassone celebrated 2018 in a big way as he would score the hat trick as the Fort William Hurricane Midget AA team would go onto a 4-1 win over the Volunteer Pool Bearcats, Ben Furtado would have a three point game with a goal and two assists, Jaydan Delaqua picked up the win in goal for the Herks.
Tassone's seventh of the year and first of the game came late in period one on the power play, as his wrist shot would beat the Bearcat tender high glove with just 1:33 left. The Canes managed to outshoot Volunteer Pool 12-4.
Period two would see the Canes strike twice roughly two minutes apart, Furtado would net his 13th of the year scoring on a shorthanded breakaway making it 2-0 Herks, Tassone's second of the game would increase the Canes lead to 3-0 after two, it would be his eighth of the season. Once again the Hurricanes would lead on the shot clock 17-8.
With 3:22 remaining in the final period Tassone would complete his hat trick giving him nine goals for the year. Delaqua was having a solid game but a defensive lapse by the Canes would cost him his shut out, as they would give up a breakaway to Bearcat Lorenzo Pasqualino and he would score with thirty two ticks left on the clock, making the final 4-1 Herks.
The Hurricanes ( 9-3-6 ) next action will be on Monday January 8th, 9:00 pm Delaney Arena when they will take on the West End Bruins ( 6-8-4 ).
1ST PERIOD; HERKS; Tassone 7 ( Wiersema, Furtado ) pp. 1:33.
penalties; Bearcats; DiFranco, int. 3:29. McGonigal, rough, 2:07.
2ND PERIOD; HERKS; Furtado 13 ( unassisted ) sh. 8:56. Tassone 8 ( Friesen, Furtado ) 6:05.
penalties; HERKS; R.Crupi, hooking, 9:58. Meservia, minor for rough, 10 min.misconduct, 4:46. Meloche, head check, 4:17. Friesen, unsportsmanlike, 4:17. BEARCATS; Tipple, minor for rough, 10 min. misconduct, 4:46. Middleton, tripping, 3:27.
3RD PERIOD; HERKS; Tassone 9 ( Sgambelluri ) 3:22. Beracats; Pasqualino
( unassisted ) sh. 0:32.
SHOTS ON GOAL
1ST 2ND 3RD FINAL
HERKS 12 17 11 40
Bearcats 4 9 4 17
The Fort William Hurricane Midget AA's would score a 5-2 win over the West End Bruins and with the win would sneak into first place by two points ahead of the Current River Comets. Jordan Meservia would lead the way for the Canes by scoring two goals .Ben Furtado and Mason Hachey would have a two assist game. Tyler Blazino would pick up the win in net for the Herks.
The hurricanes would tally three times in the opening frame. Jesse Appel's 13th of the season would get things started and the Canes had 1-0 lead four minutes in, Chase House would score his third of the season with 2:34 left and with fifty five seconds remaining in period one Meservia would score his first of giving him five on the year, and the Canes would lead 3-0 after one.
West End would score with just one second left in the second frame cutting the lead to 3-1 after two, with Nick D'Angleo scoring.
The Bruins would come out in period three and make the contest very close as they would net their second goal of the game at 13:15 with Paul Chapman scoring on the power play making it 3-2 Herks. Anthony Tassone would score his 10th of the season and the Hurricanes had a much needed 4-2 lead and cool off the oncoming Bruins. That lead would hold up until with just 0:33 seconds left Meservia would score his second of the game and sixth of the year into an empty net making the final 5-2 Canes.
As the Midget AA regular season winds down every game is of importance as the very tight Division only a few errors can be committed.
A very big game will be on Wednesday January 10th, 7:30 pm, Delaney Arena as the Hurricanes ( 10-3-6) will take on the Current River Comets ( 11-8-2) with only two points separating the two clubs for first place.
1ST PERIOD; HERKS; Appel 13 ( Blekkenhorst, Kulmala ) 10:44. House 3
( Friesen ) 2:34. Meservia 5 ( Furtado, Hachey ) 0:55.
penalties; HERKS: Friesen, slashing, 8:20. Bruins; Basaraba, hooking, 8:20.
2ND PERIOD; Bruins; D'Angleo ( Basaraba, Hurd ) 0"01.
penalties; HERKS; Meloche, tripping, 10:45. Furtado, roughing, 8:39. Bruins; Dale, roughing, 8:39. Crocker, roughing, 8:39.
3RD PERIOD; Bruins; Chapman ( Bottoset, Jeffers ) pp. 13:15. HERKS; Tassone 10 ( Hachey ) 8:22. Meservia 6 ( Furtado ) en. 0:33.
penalties; HERKS; Sgambelluri, xcheck, 14:32. Bruins; D'Angleo, int. 11:08.
SHOTS ON GOAL
1ST 2ND 3RD FINAL
HERKS 8 7 8 23
Bruins 2 8 7 17
The Fort William Hurricanes Midget AA's opened the TBMHA 2017-2018 playoffs with a lopsided 10-1 win over the Westend Bruins, with the win the Herks take a one game lead in the best of five semi-final. Anthony Tassone would have a five point game with three goals and two assists, Jonathan Friesen would pot one goal to go along with his three assists for four points. Jaydan Delaqua was the winning net minder.
The Herks would strike for four goals in the opening period with Tassone getting things started with his 13th,of the year, Jesse Appel's sixteenth would make it 2-0, followed by a pair of goals from Gregory Blekkenhorst his fourth and fifth of the season.
The Herks would score four more goals in the middle frame as Ben Furtado would make it 5-0 with his 19th, Tassone's 14th and 15th would complete his hat, and would score Wiersema his third.
Westend would break Delaqua's shutout bid when Kyler Basaraba's flutter shot got by him early in the third period. Friesen would score his 20th and that would be followed by Wiersema scoring his second of the game and fourth of the season.
Next game for the Midget AA's will be on Thursday March 1st, 6:00 pm, First Nations #1, versus the Westend Bruins.
Anthony Tassone scored twice and Tyler Blazino stopped all twenty shots in pacing the Fort William Hurricane Midget AA's to a 4-0 win over the Westend Bruins, with the win the Herks take a two games to none lead in the best of five semi-final. The Canes would score once in the first and second periods, and twice in the final frame. The win now has the Hurricanes on the verge of claiming the series.
The Herks would face a different Bruins team than in game one, playing a hard checking game and keeping the Hurricane offence to nine shots. Jordan Meservia would win battle in front of the Westend net and would score his ninth of the year. The Herks lead would be 1-0 after one.
Period two was similar to the first, as Westend kept up the checking game frustrating their opponents at very turn, but again the Hurricanes would score the only goal of the period, with defenseman Carson Kulmala breaking down the right side, his hard shot would get by Bruins net minder Connor Lemieux, the frame would end with the Canes leading by two.
Blazino was tested early in the final period, but the Herks goaltender was up to the task. It would be hard fought defensive game with few scoring chances and the Canes opposition could not break the solid forecheck and with 4:33 left in the third Tassone would go to work, scoring his first of two and sixteenth of the season, his seventeenth would be deposited into the empty net sealing the 4-0 victory for the Herks. On a bit of downside of the game was a last minute scuffle, which led to the ejection of two players.
These two teams will go at again on Sunday evening at the Delaney Arena, with game time being slated for a 6:00 pm start.
1ST PERIOD; HERKS; Meservia 9 ( Wiersema ) 8:25.
penalties; Bruins; Decorte, high stick, 9:29.
2ND PERIOD; HERKS; Kulmala 2 ( Tassone ) 9:43.
penalties; Bruins; Dale, roughing, 10:19. Chapman, slashing, 9:50. Dykstra, high sticking, unsportsmanlike, 7:38. Basaraba, boarding, 0:08.
3RD PERIOD; HERKS; Tassone 16 ( Furtado, Appel ) 4:33. Tassone 17
(unassisted ) en.1:51.
penalties; HERKS; Weirsema, hooking, 12:44. Weirsema, holding, 3:45. Kulmala,
5 minutes fighting, game misconduct, gross misconduct, 1:28.
Bruins; Basaraba, slashing, 12:58. Dale, 10 minute misconduct. Basaraba, 5 minutes fighting, game misconduct, 1:28.
SHOTS ON GOAL
1ST 2ND 3RD FINAL
HERKS 8 9 11 28
Bruins 7 5 8 20
The battle of the Forts continue as the Fort William Hurricanes take on the Fort William Canadiens for the TBMHA Midget AA Championship, the best of five series is tied at two games apiece, after the Herks battled back to take game four, 4-3 in overtime, Anthony Tassone would score five minutes into the OT period.
After the Hurricanes scored a 4-0 opening series win the scoring would dry up for the next two games, with the Canadiens taking game two by a 3-0 score with Jackson Buffone ( two assists) and Weiss ( one goal, one assist ) netting two points each. Cody Beals earned the shutout on 22 Herk shots. Game three was dominated by Canadiens leading point getter Sammy Mancusa, who figured in on all three Canadien goals with a couple of goals and one assist for a 3-1 game three win, and a two games to one lead in the series. Jesse Appel would score the lone Herk marker giving him three goals in the series. Game four was a classic Hurricane, Canadiens battle, with the Herks backed into a corner as with a loss it would eliminate them from the Championship Title. Chase House would get the Canes on the scoresheet at the 7:16 mark of the opening frame, but the ever present Mancusa would slip away on a breakaway and tie the game at 1-1 forty five seconds later with his third of the series with just under six minutes left the Canadiens would score again as Weiss beat Canes starter Tyler Blazino for a 2-1 lead after one. There would be no scoring in the middle frame. Mancusa's second of the game and fourth of the series would give the Canadiens a two goal lead at 3-1, four minutes into period three. Jonathan Friesen would make it 3-2 with 8:19 left, and as time was running out on the Hurricanes season Anthony Tassone would tie the game 3-3 with 3:52 on the clock, regulation time would run out with the clubs tied. In the three on three overtime period would see both goalies, Blazino for the Herks and Prenger for the Canadiens make two key saves each keeping the tension high, with 5:13 remaining Tassone would break in, stop looked like he was going to pass, decided to shoot and it would get by Prenger for the game winner, it was Tassone's second of the game.
Game five is set for tonight (Wednesday, 7:30 pm, Delaney) it should be another good one.
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.
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
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).
Jesse Appel's twenty first of the season and second of the game gave the Fort William Hurricanes the Thunder Bay Minor Hockey Midget AA Championship in a 3-2 overtime thriller over their long time rivals Fort William Candiens. What else could you say about this Championship Final but wow. Five hard fought, well played games of two evenly matched teams. The Herks came out on top barely,as like the regular season everything was equal. Six regular season games, three wins apiece, 20 goals for and 20 goals against.
The opening period was a very tight checking with each team not giving an inch of open ice, the Hurricanes would hold a slight advantage on the shot clock with a 13 to 9 lead, both starting goalies were solid, Canes,Tyler Blazino and Zack Prenger in the Canadiens goal.
Two minutes into the second period the Canadiens would strike as Laukka would skate down the right side reach the top of the circle and blast a perfectly placed shot passed Blazino for a 1-0 lead, the Hurricanes would respond three minutes later with Jonathan Friesen scoring his twenty fourth of the season at 9:47, once again the Canadiens would score on a perfectly executed two on one with Liam Wrigley finishing off a Sammy Mancusa pass at 8:02, 2-1 Canadiens. The Canadiens thought they had a 3-1 lead scoring on the power play, but the on ice officials got together and the goal was waved off, due to a high stick making contact. The Canadiens would outshoot the Herks nine to seven.
It would not take the Canes long to tie the game in the third frame as Appel's first of the game and 20th of the year would be scored at 13:58. Yet another hard long battle ensued for both teams and both goaltenders withstood the pressure and for the rest of the period it would remain deadlocked at 2-2.
The three on three 10 minute overtime got going with both goalies making some key saves. The Herks would get into the Canadiens and that would be the break they needed as Appel's backhand would sneak through Prenger and the Canes would score the series clinching goal, it would be Appel's 21st of the year, and his fifth team leading goal of the series.
It was the second game in a row where the Hurricanes battled back all the way and ending both contests in overtime.
The 2017-2018 season for the Herks was very successful, claiming the regular season crown, winning gold in Detroit, coming second, in the HNO Tournament of Champions, second in the Robins Tournament, and capping off the season with the Midget AA Championship Trophy.
Team members; #1 Tyler Blazino, #31 Jaydan Delaqua, #2 Drew Meloche, #5 Mason Hachey, #6 Ben Furtado, #8 Chase House, #10 Jordan Meservia, #11
Anthony Tassone, #12 Matthew Crupi, #14 Jacob Sgambelluri, #16 Gregory Blekkenhorst, #17 Jesse Appel, #18 Eris Wiersema, #19 Richard Crupi, #20 Carson Kulmala, #21 Jonathan Friesen. Head Coach/Manager; Mark Antenucci, Coach, John Falvo, Coach Craig pages, Coach Rick Saarinen, Coach Jonathan Falvo.
1ST PERIOD; no scoring.
penalties; Canadiens; McGuire, tripping, 14:22.
2ND PERIOD; Canadiens; Laukka ( Mancusa ) 12:57. HERKS; Friesen 24
( unassisted ) 9:47. Canadiens; Wrigley ( Mancusa ) 8:02.
penalties; HERKS; Furtado, boarding, 8:37. Kulmala, roughing, 8:37. Appel, boarding, 1:04. Canadiens; Laukka, double minor, headcheck, 8:37. Wrigley, boarding, 2:47.
3RD PERIOD; HERKS; Appel 20 ( unassisted ) 13:58.
OVERTIME; HERKS; Appel 21 ( Furtado, Hachey ) 8:30.
SHOTS ON GOAL
1ST 2ND 3RD OT FINAL
HERKS 13 7 9 2 32
Canadiens 9 9 8 2 28