Niagara Whalers win South Division Championship
The Niagara Whalers have won the GMHL South Division Championship Tuesday Mar. 14, winning four games straight in the best-of-seven series with the St. Georges Ravens. The Whalers won 8 – 2 in St. George Tuesday night.
Manny Manns led off the Whalers scoring at 0:26 into the first period, assists went to Matt Hore and Blake Luscombe. Blake Luscombe connected for their second goal at 3:56 with assists going to Matt Hore and Manny Manns. Tyler Hore gave them the 3 – 0 lead that took them to the end of the period on the power play at 18:30, assisted by Blake Luscombe and Manny Manns.
The Whalers lead increased to 7 – 1 in the second period.
Tyler Hore led off the Whalers second period scorcing at 3:25 assisted by Manny Manns. Travis Valvo added a Whaler goal at 4:33, assisted by David Christopher and Tyler Hore. Blake Luscombe connected for his second goal of the night on the power play at 5:18, assists wen to Manny Manns and Broderick Kelly. Brandon Cercone finished the Whalers second period goal tally at 8:18 with assists going to Tyler Hore and Kellan Rosebaum.
St. Georges got on the scoreboard with a short-handed goal from Scott Dorion at 17:38 assisted by Miller Hatten.
The third period had each team scoring one each.
Matt Hore connected on the power play for the Whalers at 2:19, assisted by Matt Johns. Steven Santos added the second Ravens goal at 17:25 assisted by Tyler Hill and Greg Christmas.
The three stars of the game came from the Niagara Whalers:
- Star #1: goalie Joel Horodziejczyk with 40 saves for a .976 sv%.
- Star #2: Manny Manns with one goal and four assists.
- Star #3: Blake Luscombe with two goals and two assists.
The Niagara Whalers will take on the North Division champions for the Russell Cup. The North Division Champions have yet to be decided as the Parry Sound Islanders take on the New Tecumseth Civics in a best-of-seven series. The Parry Sound Islanders lead the series three games to two, game six is scheduled for Friday night.