Paris Mounties at top of heap
Dakota Culbert of the Simcoe Storm and Travis Walker of the Port Dover Sailors grapple for the puck during Niagara District Junior 'C' hockey action at Talbot Gardens on Sunday night. Port Dover won the game 5-3. DANIEL R. PEARCE/SIMCOE REFORMER
The Paris Mounties have worked their way to the top of the pile.
Playing three Provincial Junior Hockey League games in three nights last week, the Mounties scored a trio of wins to climb into first place in the South Conference's Doherty Division.
Paris beat Delhi 5-1 on the road last Friday before securing home wins of 5-3 on Saturday against Burford and 4-2 on Sunday against Wellesley.
Brady Wheelans (one goal, one assists) and Harvey Mitchell (2A) each picked up a pair of points in the Friday game. Keegan Alvestad, Lucas Zitmanis, Ethan Hager and Tysen Willemsen were the other goal scorers.
Despite outshooting Burford 50-19 in its next game, it took the Mounties a while before they could shake the Bulldogs. Paris held leads of 2-1, 3-2 and 4-3 before scoring an insurance goal at 14:02 of the third period.
Joel Penticost (1G, 1A), Brady Wheelans (1G, 1A) and Cole Corriveau (1G, 1A) had big games for Paris. Griffin Heitshu and Brandon Peckford scored the other two goals.
Once again Paris outshot its opponent by a wide margin – 46-16 – but once again the Mounties couldn't get away from their opponent until the end on Sunday.
Leading 2-1 after 20 minutes, Paris slipped into a tie with Wellesley early in the second. The Mounties then scored with five seconds to go until the second intermission and at 14:12 of the third, they added an insurance goal.
Keegan Alvestad (2A) was the only Mountie with more than one point. Brett Wilson, Mikael Ruffini, Blake Culley and Mathew Walsh scored the goals.
Cameron Gratton was in goal for the first two games with Davis McLean between the pipes for the third one.
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The Bulldogs were handed the same result two days in a row – 5-3 losses against Paris on Saturday and New Hamburg on Sunday.
Owen Hinch, Tyler Hinde and Kurtis Christo got the markers against Paris with Hayden Hellyer, Christo and Hinch scoring against New Hamburg.
Kristo also picked up one assist in the second game.
The Travellers played just a single game last week, losing 5-1 at home to Paris on Friday.
Mitchell Graham was the goal scorer with an assist to Jared Misener.
PORT DOVER SAILORS
Port Dover outshot Simcoe 48-24 on the road on Sunday, beating the Storm 5-3.
Eric Mueller (1G, 2A) and Michael Boateng (3A) each had great offensive games for the Sailors. Steve Goeree (2A) also had a multi-point game as Marc Sandwell, Matt Fulton, Brad Johnston and Connor Epping scored one goal apiece. The winning goalie was Matthew Venturelli.
The Hawks edged the Simcoe Storm 2-1 at home on Saturday in their only game of the week.
Simcoe scored first before Zach Carr and Tanner Brennecke replied for Hagersville. Stephen Tierney stopped 38 shots in the Hawks' goal.
It was two tight losses for the Storm last week.
After being edged 2-1 in Hagersville on Saturday, Simcoe was beaten 5-3 at home on Sunday by Port Dover.
Bradley Stitt scored against Hagersville with Dakota Culbert, Austin Giles and Stitt notching goals against Port Dover.
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Playing in Niagara Falls last Friday, Caledonia doubled its opponent 4-2.
The Corvairs actually trailed 2-0 just past the midway point of the second period before Zachary Cole and Kyle West scored. In the third period, Quentin Maksimovich and Evan Bidenti tallied.
Bailey Fletcher picked up two assists with West and Maksimovich grabbing one apiece.
Mackenzie Savard made 33 saves to earn the victory.
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ST. GEORGE RAVENS
St. George split its two road games last week, winning 3-2 against Niagara while losing 3-2 to Kingsville.
Alex Boswell got a goal and an assist in the win. Chris Martin and Scott Dorion were the other goal scorers. Ryan Purcell picked up the win between the pipes.
After tying Kingsville 2-2 with 33 seconds to play, St. George allowed a goal 19 seconds later to lose the game.
Aaron Smith scored both St. George goals.