After a 10 – 0 shutout win on December 15th on home ice over the Tottenham Steam, the third place (22-3-0-1) Niagara Whalers hosted the tenth place (6-20-0-3) Toronto Predators in a south division Greater Metro Hockey League match – up on December 17th at the Vale Centre in Port Colborne, Ontario.
Jakob Reeves sinks the Whalers first goal of the contest 2:11 into the opening period with John Swiatek and David Christopher adding the contributors on Reeves’ goal. Daniel Pugliese and Ethan Spaxman set up David Christopher for Niagara’s second one minute before the halfway mark of the period. Kyle Peters pulls the Predators within one at 14:29 of the period with Mohaned El Shaboury and Michael Givens adding the assists on Toronto’s first goal. Nick Pastorious gives the hosts a 3 – 1 lead at 15:41 of the first to send the Whalers into the first intermission with a two goal lead. Jesse Masterson and Alex Remedios registered the helpers on Pastorious’s goal.
Kyle Peters brings Toronto within one 6:37 into the second with Jason Raimondi and Joshua Pickett adding the assists on the Predators second of the game. Scoring a hat trick 50 seconds into the final period, Peters evens the game 3 – 3 for the Predators with El Shabouy and Raimondi set up the tying goal. On a Nigara power play, Pastorious sends a pass to David Christopher at 2:40 of the period to give the Whalers a 4 – 3 lead. Pastorious finds the back of the Predators net for the Whalers fifth of the game for his second at 8:42 of the third with Reeves notching the helper. Scoring their second power play goal of the period was Niagara’s Swiatek at 12:38 of the period with Elias Berglund and Masterson setting up Swiatek. 57 seconds after Swiatek’s goal, Masterson gives the Whalers a 7 – 3 win on a host power play with Jordan Pitts and Frolov Mikhail adding the contributors on Masterson’s goal. Austin Dero turned away 24 of 27 shots in the Whalers 23rd win of the 2017 – 2018 season.
The Whalers will head to Oshawa on December 18th for an 8:30 p.m match – up against the eighth place (9-16-0-1) Riverkings.