Mid-West Recap for Jan 15-18

Happy Thursday Mid-West fans!

Here’s what’s happened in the last week!

Thursday, January 15

On Thurs., Brantford 99er’s hosted Waterloo Siskins.  Brantford couldn’t muster the offence to keep up with the Siskins as they lost 5-2.  Story from Brantford Expositor.

HOCKEY: Waterloo 5 Brantford 2


The Brantford 99ers didn’t end up on the right side of the score on Thursday night but at least they battled the Waterloo Siskins for 60 minutes.

Playing their first home game after trading leading scorer Gus Ford, Brantford’s offence couldn’t produce as the 99ers suffered a 5-2 Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League Mid-Western Conference loss to the Siskins at the Wayne Gretzky Sports Centre on Thursday.

Brantford, which traded Ford to the GOJHL’s Western Conference Chatham Maroons, is now 7-27-1. Waterloo improves to 24-10-3.

The Siskins put on the early pressure, forcing Nathan Mackinnon to make a few strong saves. Mackinnon, playing in his second game while regular goaltenders Jack Moylan and Mathieu Kingsley continue to nurse injuries, couldn’t stop everything though.

At 9:27, Christian Mroczkowski was able to put the visitors ahead 1-0 by knocking in a loose puck on the doorstep however, the lead was short-lived because 37 seconds later, Dominick Horvath replied for Brantford when he charged towards the net and put a shot past Bailey DeGasperis.

Brett Parsons got the lone assist.

Those two goals both came while the two teams were playing four-on-four.

Although they were outshot 17-12 in the first period, Brantford did take a 2-1 lead to the intermission as Ryon Pereira, from Christian Polillo, scored late.

After Michael Romund scored just as the second got underway to tie things up at 2-2, Brantford had a great chance to go ahead midway through the period. With two Siskins in the penalty box, Brantford controlled play in the Waterloo end but the closest it could come was a Cole Cummings shot that hit the post.

Not taking advantage of that opportunity hurt the 99ers because with 1:30 to go before the second intermission, Gary Mantz made it 3-2 for the Siskins.

Killing off a five-on-three to start the third, Brantford was lucky to escape because at, one point, only one of the four 99ers on the ice – including the goaltender – had a stick. Lucky for the home team, Nathan Ferris got control of the puck and was able to ice it so Brantford could reset.

And despite being outshot 4-1 at the beginning of the period, the 99ers didn’t let up. In fact, Brantford got the next nine shots on goal although none found the back of the net.

With 5:45 remaining, the Siskins put any hope of a comeback by the home team to rest when Danny Hanlon scored. Mroczkowski added a power-play goal with less than two minutes to play.

The 99ers are back in action on Saturday when they play in Cambridge against the Winter Hawks at 7 p.m. Brantford’s next home game is Thursday against Cambridge at 7:30 p.m.


Friday, January 16

Fri. night saw Guelph Hurricanes hosting Brampton Bombers.  Guelph doubled up the Bombers 4-2.  Story from Guelph Mercury.

Guelph Hurricanes double Brampton to clinch playoff berth


BRAMPTON — The Guelph Hurricanes grabbed a two-goal lead in the opening period on their way to a 4-2 victory over the Brampton Bombers in Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League play Friday night at the Victoria Park Arena.

With the win, the Canes clinched a playoff berth with 12 games to go in their regular season.

The Canes led 3-1 at the end of the first period before a scoreless second. Brampton closed the gap midway through the third and the Canes responded with an empty-net goal with 33 seconds to go to seal the win.

Patrick Kudla, Craig Martini, Giordano Finoro and Peyton Backus each had a goal for the Canes. Jake Wyse assisted on two of the goals while single assists were awarded to Jordan Hatzinger, Alex Remedios, Michael Courvoisier, Brooker Muir, Martini and winning goaltender Jeremie Lintner.

Cameron Cruickshank and Cameron DeFazio scored for Brampton.

The Canes outshot Brampton 41-35, but were held scoreless on four man-advantage situations while the Bombers went 1-for-5 on their power play.

Guelph is fifth in the Midwestern Conference at 21-13-3 and Brampton is eighth at 7-23-6.

The teams are to play again Saturday at the Sleeman Centre. Game time is 7:30 p.m.


Listowel Cyclones hosted Cambridge Winter Hawks on Fri. night.  The Cyclones edged the Winter Hawks 3-2 in a shootout.

The teams went scoreless through the first period.  Cambridge’s Captain Alex Bottigoni finally made something happen just 52 seconds into the 2nd period.  Listowel’s Derek Elliott tied it up at 3:48 on the power play.  Hawks defenceman Kyle Liu, who really impressed me when I was at their game a couple weeks ago, restored Cambridge’s lead on the power play at 9:07.

The teams would head to the dressing room with the Hawks leading 2-1.  Cambridge thought they had the victory until Elliott scored his 2nd of the game to tie it at 2-2 with 1:37 left to play in regulation.

The teams headed to overtime and then a shoot out, where Garrett James was the only one to score, giving the Cyclones a 3-2 win.


Also on Fri. was Stratford Cullitons hosting Elmira Sugar Kings.  The Cullitons pulled out a 4-3 win over the Kings in a shootout.  Story from Stratford Beacon Herald.

Cullitons win a thriller over Kings

By Steve Rice, Stratford Beacon Herald


A wildly entertaining game demanded a show-stopping finish.

Mitch Brooks delivered.

In the fourth round of a Friday night shootout at the Allman Arena, the Stratford Cullitons’ winger swooped in dangling the puck at arm’s length, threw on the brakes in the slot to freeze goalie Jonathan Reinhart deep in his crease, then whipped the puck into the top corner.

Elmira’s fourth shooter, Ethan Skinner, fired wide to secure a well-deserved 4-3 victory for Stratford, touching off a playoff-like celebration in goalie Nick Caldwell’s crease as 1,550 fans roared their approval.

“I practiced it a lot skating with Bo Horvat and his dad Tim in the summer and that move seemed to work a lot,” said Brooks, the only one of eight shooters to score. “I talked to Caldsy before I shot and he said, ‘go for it’, so I did.

“We want to make guys hate coming into our barn and I think that’s what we did tonight.”

It came close to being a crushing defeat for the Cullitons, though. Forty-plus minutes of hustle and hard work had earned them a 3-1 lead, but they let it slip away in the final 13 minutes of the third period.

“We’ve just got to work on closing out like we did tonight,” said Brooks. “There’s been a couple of one-goal games that we’ve been on the wrong end of. Today we found a way to win and we’ve just got to make a habit of that.”

The Cullitons are 5-13 in one-goal games, and now 1-8 in one-goal games against first-place Elmira and second-place Kitchener.

They also improved to 3-3 in the New Year and 23-12-3 overall to move within two points of fourth-place Waterloo, who they face on the road Sunday afternoon.

“I gave the team the approach tonight that if this is playoffs — which is the only thing that counts in hockey — we’re down 2-3 in a seven-game series at home and we’re playing to tie the series and Game 7 is Sunday in Waterloo,” said Cullitons’ coach Phil Westman, explaining the Cullitons’ almost desperate intensity throughout the contest.

Despite giving up 35 shots, the Cullitons did a very good job of limiting quality scoring chances by the Sugar Kings. Forwards Nathan Templeman and Ty Bilcke played on defence as three regular defencemen sat out, including Jeff McArdle with a lower body injury.

“That’s the way we have to play — we have to play tight in our end, giving up limited scoring chances,” said Westman, noting that Stratford is just 3-3 despite outshooting opponents in all six games in 2015. “I think we’ve been a little too run-and-gun and we have to tighten it up a little bit in our end.”

The Sugar Kings opened the scoring midway through the first period as Mitch Wright was able to flip a rebound over Caldwell.

Shortly after Stratford’s second penalty kill of the period, Jared Nash fed a pass to Shane O’Brien in the slot and he wristed a dart into the top corner over Reinhart’s glove.

It was O’Brien’s team-leading 21st goal of the season (fifth in the conference). Sixteen of those goals have been scored at home.

Tyson Baker broke a 1-1 tie just over five minutes into the second period. The goal was Baker’s sixth in the last eight games, giving him 11 on the season to match his career high from a year ago.

Justin Graham, who showed as much speed and hustle as any of the Cullitons, banged in a rebound on a powerplay with less than eight seconds to go in the second period to put Stratford in front 3-1.

The play started with an excellent breakout pass by defenceman Jake Pleon to Hayden Broomhead at the far blueline. Broomhead drove the net and was stopped by Reinhart but Graham was there to slap home the rebound.

Klayton Hoelscher got the Sugar Kings back within a goal on a powerplay at 7:20 of the third period when the Cullitons were called for too many men on the ice.

It was the only powerplay goal Stratford gave up in seven chances for Elmira.

Ethan Skinner tied it 3-3 at 13:36, sweeping in off the left wing and somehow tucking the puck under Caldwell and into the back of the net.

“A good game — we didn’t play a full 60 minutes like we’d probably like to,” said Elmira coach Jeff Flanagan. “The first and the second we were OK, and we thought we played really well in the third to come back.

“Overtime was all over the place and then Brooks scored a nice goal there to put ‘er home.”

Brooks skated by the Elmira bench and gestured after the goal, which — when asked about it — Flanagan said he felt was “unsportsmanlike.”

“Things that happen within the game, no problem, that’s all good. The players are at each other and they’re doing stuff. But that was a little unsportsmanlike for my liking. But, of course, I’m only one person.”

Brooks indicated he was having some fun in the excitement of the moment, and was showing no disrespect.

“I know they hate me because I’m trying to do my job, and I hate them because they’re trying to do their job,” he said. “But at the end of the day I’ll be able to shake their hand and look them in the eye.”

Considering the intensity of the game it was surprising that there were only 14 minor penalties called. Nathan Templeman was fortunate to receive only a minor penalty for a head-check midway through the second period which, although accidental, was probably severe enough to warrant a major penalty and ejection.

“Discipline was key tonight because there was a good crowd and a lot of emotion and you’ve got a couple of heavyweights going at it,” Westman said. “Both teams did a good job of discipline.”

The Sugar Kings remain in first place with a 28-7-2 record, but are just 1-2-1 in their last four.

“Before the break we were just playing OK and we felt there were a few things we needed to fix up, and it’s become clearer that we were right about those things,” Flanagan said. “No concern, though. We like our guys and they’re working hard.”

Notes: O’Brien lined up as the first shooter of the shootout, but then was ejected from the game with a gross misconduct that will also keep him out of Sunday’s game. Without thinking he’d removed his helmet on the ice — a no-no — to wipe off the visor prior to taking the shot … Elmira’s Eric Palazzolo drew jeers from the crowd when, prior to his shootout attempt, he skated in front of Caldwell and used his stick to clear away some of the snow … Prior to the start of the game Cullitons Carter Allen was awarded as defensive player of the month for December and Deven Kropf as offensive player of the month … Broomhead (6-6), Kropf (5-7) and O’Brien (4-7) were the top offensive threats for Stratford over the 10 games heading into Friday night’s action.


Saturday, January 17

The first game on Sat. was Cambridge hosting Brantford.  The 99er’s picked up 2 crucial points in the race for the play-offs as they defeated the Hawks 4-3.

Cambridge’s Mitch Atkins started the scoring at 5:38 of the game.  Brantford’s Nathan Ferris tied the game at 7:14 and just 1:01 later, Cole Cummings grabbed the lead for the 99er’s.

Atkins would score his 2nd goal of the game, with Ferris in the box for roughing, at 4:28 of the 2nd period to tie it at 2-2.  Zack Magwood would give the Hawks the lead for the first time in the game at 9:51.

The teams came out for the last 20 min. with the Hawks leading 3-2.  99er Matthew Woods tied the game at 8:29.  With the clock dwindling down, the teams must have thought they were headed for OT, but Brantford had other plans.  With just 1:08 left in regulation, Dominick Horvath would score the game winner and give his team 2 crucial points.

Nathan MacKinnon picked up the win in net for the 99er’s, stopping 42 of 45 shots, while Owen Savory took the loss, making 24 of 28 saves.


Sat. night, Guelph and Brampton had a rematch, in which the Canes defeated the Bombers 7-5.  Story from Guelph Mercury.

Guelph Hurricanes come back to top Brampton Bombers


GUELPH — The Guelph Hurricanes scored twice in the final three and a half minutes of the game to outlast the Brampton Bombers 7-5 in Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League play Saturday night at the Sleeman Centre.

The win was the second over the Bombers in as many nights for the Canes, who clinched a playoff berth with Friday’s 4-2 win at Brampton.

The Canes had to rally for the home victory as they trailed 4-1 at 8:27 of the second period. The comeback started 11 seconds later when Craig Martini scored his first of three for the hosts.

Brampton led 2-0 at the end of the first period, but it was tied 4-4 at the end of the second.

Dylan Sayle had a pair of goals for the Canes while Jordan Hatzinger and Beau Browning also scored. Mac Flewelling assisted on three of the goals while Cameron Stokes, Sebastian Stangherlin and Peyton Backus each had two assists and Alex Remedios, Lawrence Pagnan, Brooker Muir, Hatzinger and Jake Wyse had one each.

Noah Robinson had a goal and three assists for the Bombers while the other goals were scored by Lucas Goodman, Carmine Vietri, Kevin Bray and Jonah Noto.

The Canes outshot the Bombers 43-28 and were held scoreless on five manpower advantages. Brampton went 2-for-3 on its power plays.

Jeremie Lintner picked up the win in net for the Canes. He replaced starter Jason DaSilva after Brampton’s fourth goal. They faced 14 shots apiece.

Shane Dietl took the loss for Brampton.

The Canes are fifth in the Midwestern Conference at 22-13-3 with 11 games to go in their regular season. They’re to play the Listowel Cyclones (15-21-1) at Listowel Friday. Game time is 7:30 p.m.


Sunday, January 18

Waterloo hosted Stratford Sun. afternoon.  The Cullitons posted a miraculous come-back, down 4-2 with 30 seconds to play, to tie the game and send it to overtime.  The Siskins defeated the Cullitons 5-4 in a shoot out.  Story from Stratford Beacon Herald.

Cullitons rally for point

By Steve Rice, Stratford Beacon Herald


If ever a loss felt like a victory.

The Stratford Cullitons rallied with two goals in the final 30 seconds of regulation time and killed of a penalty in overtime before falling 5-4 in a shootout to the Waterloo Siskins Sunday afternoon in Waterloo

The win raised the Cullitons’ record to 3-0-2 against the Siskins, including 2-0-1 on Waterloo’s Olympic ice surface.

“We’re built for the Allman Arena and we’ve come to Waterloo and taken five of a possible six points,” Cullitons coach Phil Westman said by phone shortly after the game ended. “I can’t be too frustrated.”

If there was any frustration on Westman’s part it was the inbalance in penalties that the Cullitons had to overcome.

The Siskins went 1-for-8 on the powerplay which included the 4-on-3 in overtime, and two separate 5-on-3s in regulation time totalling nearly a minute and a half.

Stratford went 0-for-2 on the man advantage.

The Siskins, who had been shutout in their previous two meetings with Stratford in Waterloo, took a 2-0 lead after one period on goals by Brennan Blaszczak and Gary Mantz, on a powerplay at the 16-minute mark.

Rookie defenceman Matthieu Bourbeau cut the lead to 2-1 near the midway mark of the second period with his third goal of the season.

Brook Hiddink tied it up at 1:27 of the third period with his third goal since joining the team 15 games ago.

That’s the way it stayed until Kyle Betts broke the deadlock with 2:12 remaining. The Cullitons pulled goalie Nick Caldwell with just under two minutes to go but Chase Campbell fired the puck into the empty net at 18:12 to seemingly put the game away for the Siskins.

The Cullitons had other ideas, though. With Caldwell still on the bench, Mitch Brooks cut the lead to 4-3 with just 30 seconds to go on the clock.

Stratford won the ensuing faceoff and sent the puck into the Waterloo zone where Deven Kropf was able to retrieve it and score the tying goal with 15 seconds left on the clock.

After a scoreless overtime, Brooks and Kropf were stopped in the shootout by Waterloo goalie Evgeny Kiselev, while Campbell and Christian Mroczkowski scored for the Siskins.

“When you look at the big picture, we did a great job of killing off the penalties, including a 4-on-3 in overtime, and you get a point on the road against a team that’s ahead of you in the standings — that’s a real good night,” Westman said. “And we kept good discipline on some questionable calls.

“We got three points on the weekend a got a really good effort so you’ve got to be happy with that. You win games and you lose games, but deep down inside you know you kind of know you won tonight.”

The Cullitons are 23-12-4, for 50 points, are three points back of the Siskins, 25-10-3, who hold a game in hand.

Stratford plays host to second-place Kitchener Dutchmen on Friday night, then travels to Guelph Saturday to face the fifth-place Hurricanes.


Sun. night, Elmira hosted Kitchener Dutchmen.  The Kings defeated the Dutchmen 5-3.

Kitchener’s Keegan Calder got things rolling at 1:25 into the game.  The game came on the power play with King Adam Brubacher off serving a crosschecking penalty.  The score remained 1-0 until Elmira’s Brendan Schneider scored at 16:18, with Kitchener’s Alex Demrovsky serving a goaltender interference minor.

In the 2nd period, Elmira’s Rob Kohli scored back-to-back power play goals at 1:13 and 3:57 into the period.  His first goal was while on a 5-on-3 power play.  Kitchener’s Connor Cole brought the Dutchmen to within 1 at 5:36.  The teams would skate through the remainder of the 2nd period with the Kings leading 3-2.

Calder scored his 2nd goal of the game 35 seconds into the 3rd period to the tie it at 3-3.  At 18:15, Elmira’s Mitch Wright would break the tie.  With Kitchener’s goalie Jackson McIntosh on the bench for the extra attacker, Cash Seraphim would pot the empty netter for a 5-3 Sugar Kings win.

McIntosh took the loss in net.  His record is now 22-7-2.  Elmira’s goalie was Jonathan Reinhart and his record improved to 21-6-1.


Here are your standings


Elmira 38 29 7 2 60 .789 168 105 860 16-3-0 13-4-2
Kitchener 37 27 8 2 56 .757 159 121 736 16-3-0 11-5-2
Waterloo 38 25 10 3 53 .697 162 112 642 13-5-1 12-5-2
Stratford 39 23 12 4 50 .641 158 108 881 15-2-1 8-10-3
Guelph 38 22 13 3 47 .618 136 123 819 13-5-1 9-8-2
Cambridge 39 18 16 5 41 .526 112 121 858 12-7-0 6-9-5
Listowel 37 15 21 1 31 .419 98 109 415 8-10-1 7-11-0
Brampton 37 7 24 6 20 .270 100 185 865 4-11-4 3-13-2
Brantford 36 8 27 1 17 .236 110 194 955 5-14-1 3-13-0



Coming up this week

Thursday, January 22

Brantford 99er’s vs. Cambridge Winter Hawks – 7:30 Gretzky Sports Centre

Friday, January 23

Brampton Bombers vs. Waterloo Siskins – 7:30 Victoria Park

Listowel Cyclones vs. Guelph Hurricanes – 7:30 Listowel Memorial

Stratford Cullitons vs. Kitchener Dutchmen – 7:30 Allman Arena

Saturday, January 24

Cambridge Winter Hawks vs. Listowel Cyclones – 7:00 Galt Arena

Guelph Hurricanes vs. Stratford Cullitons – 7:30 Sleeman Centre

Sunday, January 25

Kitchener Dutchmen vs. Waterloo Siskins – 1:30 Kinsmen Arena

Elmira Sugar Kings vs. Brampton Bombers – Dan Snyder Arena

Tuesday, January 27

Kitchener Dutchmen vs. Brantford 99er’s – 7:30 Kinsmen Arena


This fight for last place is going to be exciting!  Just because they’re a new team and didn’t make the play-offs last year, and I tend to root for the underdog, I’m hoping Brantford can get the points needed to make it in.  Either way, it should be exciting to see how this turn out.

Have a good week Mid-West fans and I’ll see you again next week for another recap.


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