Junior Canadians and Panthers knocked out of playoffs

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Both the Welland Junior Canadians and the Pelham Panthers have been knocked out of the playoffs in the GOJHL first round playoff action this week. Both teams lost four in a row in their respective best-of-seven series.

Game four on Wednesday Mar. 8 was a close battle but, in the end, the Niagara Falls Canucks won 5 – 4 over the Welland Junior Canadians in overtime in Welland ending the season for the Junior Canadians.

Austin Wright of the Canucks scored the lone goal of the first period on the power play late in the period at 16:27, assisted by Harrison Cottam.

The Canucks scored the two unanswered goals in the second period to take a 3 – 0 lead.

The first came from Patrick McCabe at 7:47, assists went to Harrison Cottam and Frank Pucci. Harrison Cottam netted the second later in the period at 15:53, assists went to Frank Pucci and Patrick McCabe.

In the third period, the Junior Canadians came alive scoring four goals to the Canucks one bringing the game to a 4 – 4 tie sending it to overtime.

Matt Martin scored for Welland on the power play at 2:18 with assists going to Ryan Miotto and Patrick Desjardins. Ryan Donovan added a power play goal at 7:20, assisted by Dorian Maye. Patrick McCabe of Niagara Falls scored their fourth goal on the power play at 10:20, assisted by Harrison Cottam and Austin Wright. Ryan Miotto added Welland’s third goal on the power play at 11:50 assisted by Matt Martin and Patrick Desjardins. Noah Bollert added the tying goal for Welland at 15:10, assists went to Thomas McLatchie and Ryan Donovan.

Dillon Hill scored the winning goal for Niagara Falls at 12:33 in the overtime period assisted by Harrison Cottam and Frank Pucci.

The Junior Canadians lost game three 9 – 1 on Tuesday Mar. 7 in Niagara Falls.

Welland’s lone goal scorer was Patrick Desjardins, assisted by Thomas McLatchie

The Pelham Panthers lost game four to the St. Catharines Falcons by a score of 9 – 0 Tuesday Mar. 7 in St. Catharines.



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