Niagara Whalers take championship in four game sweep

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The Niagara Whalers have won the Russell Cup, the GMHL Championship after defeating the Parry Sound Islanders in a four game sweep.

Sunday night’s game ended with the Whalers winning 7 – 1.

The Whalers scored three unanswered goals in the first period taking a 3 – 0 lead.

Raifes Circenis led off the Whalers scoring at 2:36 assisted by Tyler Hore. Travis Valvo connected next at 6:57 assisted by Izaak DelMastro and Tyler Hore. Matt Hore added the third at 15:35 assisted by Manny Manns and Blake Luscombe.

In the second period the Whalers added two more to Parry Sound’s one, taking the lead to 5 – 1.

Blake Luscombe scored for the Whalers at 4:02, assists went to Matt Hore and Tyler Hore. Parry Sound’s Jan Vyoral put them on the scoreboard at 10:00 assisted by Milan Prusek. Tyler Jackson connected for the fifth Whaler goal at 11:53, assists went to Zack Lansfield and David Christopher.

Niagara added two more goals in the third period for the 7 – 1 win.

Izaak Delmastro netted a goal at 8:43 assisted by Tyler Hore and Brandon Cercone. Tyler Jackson scored the last goal at 18:19 assisted by Broderick Kelly.

The three stars of the game were from the Niagara Whalers:

  • Star #1:  Tyler Hore with four assists.
  • Star #2: Tyler Jackson with two goals.
  • Star #3: Matt Hore with one goal and one assist.

The Whalers have brought a provincial junior championship to Port Colborne for the first time since 1943 when the junior B Port Colborne Recreationists captured the Sutherland Cup.




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