Whalers battle with Kings ends in 6 – 5 win

Niagara’s Ethan Spaxman manoeuvres through Kingsville’s defence in GMHL hockey action Friday night in Port Colborne. Photo by Joe Cseh

It was another battle at the scoreboard for the Niagara Whalers when the South Division first place Kingsville Kings came to Port Colborne Friday Dec. 1/2017.

Both the first period and the second period ended with the teams tied. It was 4 – 4 at the end of the first, 5 -5 at the end of the second. It was a lone goal early in the third period that ended up being a game winner for Niagara.

In the end, Niagara was out shot by Kingsville as the Kings put 43 shots in on Whalers goalie Will Harvey to the Whalers putting 31 shots on net.

Nick Pastorious of the Whalers opened up the first period scoring at 1:01 assisted by Patrick Desjardins and Ethan Spaxman.

Kingsville responded shortly after with a power play goal t 2:10 from Blake Naida assisted by Zachary Dillen and Elvar Olafsson. The Kings went ahead 14 seconds later with an unassisted goal by Jiri Sup.

Niagara picked up the next three goals to take a 4 – 2 lead.

Ethan Spaxman connected for the Whalers at 3:32 assisted by Nick Patorious. Ethan Spaxman then netted a power play goal at 6:10 assisted by Jakob Reeves and Zach Main. Then Zach Main connected just 28 seconds later assisted by Jakob Reeves.

Kingsville closed the two goal gap with a goal from Filip Kafka at 7:45 assisted by Matyas Mach. Nicholas Lang’s unassisted goal for the Kings late in the period evened the score, the period finishing 4 – 4.

Whaler fans flooded the ice Friday night with Teddy Bears in the annual Teddy Bear Toss which helps the Port Colborne Fire and Emergency Department fill a fire truck of toys for Port Cares. Photo by Joe Cseh

In the second period each team scored one each.

Niagara’s Jake Lloyd put theirs in at 6:52 assisted by Jesse Masterson and Kellan Rosenbaum. Petr Panacek put Kingsville’s in at 11:22 assisted by Jakub Hendrych.

David Christopher scored the winning goal for Niagara at 4:24 in the third period assisted by Kellan Rosenbaum.

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

  • Star #1: Ethan Spaxman with two goals and one assist.
  • Star #2: Goalie Will Harvey with 38 saves for a 0.884 sv%
  • Star #3: Nick Pastorious with one goal and one assist.

The Whalers are still holding the third place position in the GMHL South Division, the Kings hold the first place position. For up-to-date statistics, see the GMHL website: http://gmhl.net/

The Whalers are in action out-of-town for the rest of the weekend, facing the Windsor Aces in Windsor Saturday Dec. 2/2017, then in St. George to face the second place Ravens Sunday Dec. 3/2017. They will be on home ice again on Friday Dec. 8/2017 to face the Tilsonburg Hurricanes at 7:30 p.m.



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