In a rare Wednesday morning match – up, the first place north division (21 – 1) Niagara Whalers traveled to Tillsonburg to face the tenth place (5 – 13 – 1) Hurricanes in Greater Metro Hockey League action.
With the Whalers on a power play, Matt Johns fires Niagara’s first goal of the game at 13:50 of the opening period with David Christopher and Zack Lansfield adding the assists. Tillsonburg’s Milan Bango finds the back of the Whalers net 6:45 into the middle stanza to even the game 1 – 1 with Logan Kerner and Kyran Karol registering the helpers. Jacob Thomason sinks the visitors go – ahead goal 38 seconds past the halfway mark of the period with Oskar Levin and Adam Brimie drawing the contributors. Manny Manns bring Niagara’s lead to 3 – 1 at 13:20 of the second with Christopher and Lansfield setting up Manns’ goal. With 32 seconds left in the period, David Christopher sends the Whalers into the second intermission with a 4 – 1 lead with an unassisted goal.
Adding to the lead, Whaler Zack Lanfield scores Niagara’s fifth of the game 4:34 into the final period with Manns and Masterson Jesse adding the assists. Travis Valvo and David Christopher set up the sixth goal for the Whalers on Manns’ second of contest 35 seconds past the halfway mark of the period. Chandler Knibb sinks the Hurricanes only other goal of the game at 12:26 of the period with Julius Olssen and Gray Sinden drawing the contributors. Lansfield finds the back of Tillsonburg’s net 13:33 into the period with Johns and Christopher adding the helpers. Hurricane Masterson Jesse scores the Whalers eighth of the game with contributors coming from Lansfield and Johns at 16:48. With 1:34 left in the game, Travis Valvo gives Niagara a 9 – 2 win over the Hurricanes with a pass from Masterson Jesse. Whaler netminder Maksim Kuteinikov made 22 saves in Niagara’s win over the Hurricanes in Tillsonburg on Wednesday morning.
The London Lakers will be the Whalers next opponent on December 2nd in Port Colborne at the Vale Centre in a 7:30 p.m puck drop.