Whalers Take GMHL South Division Championship with Win Over Ravens

After outscoring the St. George Ravens 22 – 2 in the first three games of the south division championships, the Niagara Whalers headed into the South Dumfries Community Centre in St. George, Ontario looking to take game four to eliminate the Ravens from the 2017 post – season on March 14th.

26 seconds into the game, Manny Manns finds the back of the Ravens net to give Niagara a 1 – 0 lead with Matt Hore and Blake Luscombe drawing the contributors. Luscombe sinks Niagara’s second of the game 3:56 into the period with Manns and Matt Hore adding the assists. With the hosts on a power play, Tyler Hore sends the Whalers into the first intermission up 3 – 0 with Luscombe and Manns setting up Tyler Hore’s goal. At 3:25 into the second, Manns finds Tyler Hore to bring Niagara’s lead to 4 – 0. David Christopher and Tyler Hore had the helpers on Niagara’s fifth of the game scored by Travis Valvo at the 4:33 mark of the period. Sinking their second power play marker of the contest at 5:18 of the period was Niagara’s Luscombe with Manns and Broderick Kelly adding the contributors.

Brandon Cercone brings the Whalers lead to 7 – 0 at 8:18 of the middle stanza with Tyler Hore and Kellan Rosenbaum registering the helpers. Miller Hatten sends a pass to Raven Scott Dorion for a St. George shorthanded goal at 17:38 of the second. Matt Johns sets up Matt Hore for the Whalers final goal of the game 2:19 into the third on a Niagara power play. With Niagara’s net empty at 17:25 of the period, Steven Santos fires St. George’s second of the game with Tyler Hill and Greg Christmas drawing the assists. Niagara’s netminder Joel Horodziejczyk turned 40 shots in the Whalers 8 – 2 win to capture the 2017 south division championship.

The Whalers will meet the winner of the north division between the New Tecumseth Civis and Parry Sound Islander. The Islanders lead the Civics 3 – 2 in the best of seven series with game six taking place on March 17th in Seguin for a 7:30 p.m puck drop.

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