In a game where neither team could get a cushion, the Ancaster Avalanche escaped with a 4-3 victory over the Welland Jr. Canadians.
Neither team gained more than a one-goal lead, and Matt Mannella’s goal in the third period proved to be the difference maker.
Mannella had one goal and two assists to lead Ancaster. Mannella scored 11:44 into the third period to make the score 4-3 Ancaster. Lucas Pozzobon assisted on the tally.
The Avalanche’s penalty kill was spotless, allowing no goals on three Welland power plays. Ancaster’s offense rang up 38 shots on Welland’s net.
Michael Pollice also scored for Ancaster. In addition, Ancaster received assists from Ryan Sullivan, Max Balinson, Cole Nagy, Zach Lawrence, and Ryan Knill, who each chipped in one.
The Jr. Canadians stifled the Avalanche’s power play, and did not give up a single goal while down a man. Welland forced Ancaster goalie Matt Calas to work between the pipes, taking 31 shots.
The Jr. Canadians were helped by Jake Shaw, who had one goal. Shaw scored 14 seconds into the third period to make the score 2-2. Jack Fitzgerald picked up the assist. Welland additionally got points from Fitzgerald, who also registered one goal and one assist. Welland also got a goal from Nathan MacDuff as well. More assists for Welland came via Adam Barron, who had two and Derrick Low, Ryan Miotto, and Tyler Stranges, who contributed one each.
The Avalanche’s Calas stopped 28 shots out of the 31 that he faced. Ancaster incurred 18 minutes in penalty time with four minors. For the Avalanche, Noah Matteson was ejected from the game. Chris Janzen made 34 saves for Welland on 38 shots. The Jr. Canadians incurred 18 minutes in penalty time with four minors.
Source: Narrative Science