Whalers drop home opener to Bulls

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The Niagara Whalers 2017 home opener ended in a loss for the team, losing 4-3 to the visiting Bradford Bulls in GMHL hockey action Sunday Sept. 17/2017 in Port Colborne.

The Bulls took a commanding lead in the first period, scoring three unanswered goals. Janne Niemela connected at 2:58, assisted by Lazarus Ritter and Jack Chudleigh. Josh Brunton added their second at 6:09, assisted by Janne Niemela and Joey Keenan. Zakk Bekolay added the third at 16:27, assists going to Ryan Dimillo and Jack Chudleigh.

Niagara got on the scoreboard at 6:05 in the second period with a power play goal from Elias Berglund, assisted by John Swiatek and Jesse Masterson. Bradford added a short-handed goal at 7:54 from Janne Niemela, unassisted, giving the Bulls a 4 – 1 lead.

Niagara picked up two more goals in the third period to close the gap to 4-3, but, couldn’t add another to tie the game and take it into overtime. Jakob Reeves scored the Whalers second goal at 11:08 in the third period assisted by Zach Main and Patrick Desjardins. The third Whaler goal came from John Swiatek on the power play at 14:28, assists went to Patrick Desjardins and David Christopher.

The Whalers are next in action Friday Sept. 22 in Tilsonburg against the Hurricanes, then Saturday Sept. 23 at home at 7 p.m. against the Windsor Aces.

Currently the Whalers are holding the fifth place position in the South Division standings for more stats see the GMHL website: http://gmhl.net/ .

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