The third place Niagara Whalers hit the road to face the seventh place Tottenham Steam at the Tottenham Community & Fitness Centre on January 6th in south division Greater Metro Hockey League regular season action.
3:45 into the opening period with a Whaler goal, Nick Pastorious sinks Niagara’s first goal of the game to give the visitors a 1 – 0 lead with Jakob Reeves adding the helper. Tottenham’s Matthew Bogenrieder and Bodgan Shleev added the assists on Matthew Psaras’ tying goal at 14:07 of the period. Nikita Polishchuk scores the go – ahead goal at the 15:30 mark of the first to give the Steam a 2 – 1 lead with Viacheslav Chegrintcev and Shleev notching the contributors on Tottenham’s second of the game. At 3:42 of the middle stanza, Kellan Rosenbaum evens the game 2 – 2 for Niagara with Patrick Desjardin and Pastorious adding the assists on Rosenbaum’s tying goal. Polishchuk finds the back of the Whalers net for the second occasion of the game at 12:25 of the period with Trevor Costello and Shleev setting up Polishchuk’s power play goal.
Chegrintcev registers his second point of the game with a Tottenham goal 16:07 into the period with Shleev and Psaras adding the helpers on Chegrintcev’s goal to bring the Steam’s lead to 4 – 2. Adding to the lead, Tottenham’s Anthony Podder sinks the Steam’s fifth of the game at 17:50 of the period to send the hosts into the second intermission up 5 – 2. Shleev and Chegrintcev had the contributors on Podder’s goal. Only eight seconds into the final period, Shleev nets the sixth for the Steam with Chegrintcev and Psaras drawing the assists on Tottenham’s seventh. With the Steam on a power play, Chegrintcev scores his second of the game 3:01 into the third with Podder and Polishchuk notching the helpers. Charles Jensen finds Rosenbaum with a pass for the Whalers third of the game at 5:17 of the period to bring the score to 7 – 3. Chegrintcev finds the back of the Whalers net for a hat trick at 13:29 of the third to give the Steam a 8 – 3 win. Justin Pirie and Shleev had the assists on Chegrintcev’s sixth point of the game.
The Whalers will host the fourth place North York Renegades at the Vale Centre in Port Colborne, Ontario in a 7:00 p.m GMHL puck drop.