The seventh place Windsor Aces hosted the third place Niagara Whalers at the Adie Knox Herman Arena in Windsor, Ontario on January 27th in a south division Greater Metro Hockey League match – up. In their last meeting on January 21st, the Whalers defeated the Aces 10 – 7 in Port Colborne at the Vale Centre in GMHL action.
Windsor’s Layne Gouin finds Brett Mennear 5:32 into the first period to give the Aces a 1 – 0 lead. With the hosts on a power play, Thomas Virban sinks the second goal for the Aces at 8:55 of the period with a pass from James Brooks. Jakob Reeves pulls the Whalers within one at the 11:54 mark of the opening period with Brandon Lindberg adding the assists on Niagara’s first goal of the contest. Cale Phibbs finds the back of Niagara’s net 54 seconds into the middle stanza to bring the Aces lead to 3 – 1 with a pass from Virban. Raman Isaikou scores the fourth for Windsor 1:28 into the period with Mennear adding the contributor on Isaikou’s goal. Viacheslav Chegrintcev and Virban drew the helpers on Phibbs second of the game at 8:27 of the second on an Aces’ power play.
With an unassisted Whaler goal, David Christopher closes the gap to three at the 13:41 mark of the period for Niagara. Alec Segers sinks the Aces second power play marker for Windsor at 15:41 with Mark Gangnon setting up Segers’ power play goal. With the Whalers shorthanded, Brandon Lindberg finds the back of Windsor’s net for Niagara’s third of the contest, Reeves had the assist on Lindberg’s shorthanded goal at 16:16 of the second. Reeves registers his third point of the game with his second goal 2:38 into the third with Ethan Spaxman and Christopher adding the helpers on Reeves power play goal. Isaikou had the contributor on Windsor’s seventh of the game at 14:02 to give the Aces a 7 – 4 win over the Whalers. Niagara’s goaltenders Noah Bonvissuto and Austin Dero shared the duties between the pipes with Bonvissuto turning away 18 of 25 while Dero stopped 10 of 13 on Saturday evening in Windsor.
Niagara will now head to St. George on January 28th for a 3:00 p.m afternoon matinee against the first place south division Ravens.