Dolphins follow up a victorious Teddy Bear Toss night with a win at the site
of Hockeyville 2018 to stay with Exeter in the battle for first place
Sunday, December 16, 2018
By Rob J. Ross
DORCHESTER - Once the stuffies were flying the Dorchester Dolphins were on their way.
Turner Balasin tipped a Nolan Blewett point shot in to the Port Stanley Sailors' net, signalling the 400 spectators in attendance to start throwing, on Teddy Bear Toss night, Friday, at the Flight Exec Centre.
Once the ice was cleared of stuffies destined for the Dorchester Food Bank, the Dolphins were firing pucks in to the Port Stanley net , adding three more goals in four minutes, for a 4-0 lead.
Dylan Van Dusen scored twice, Jovin Eterno had a goal and two assists and goalie Matt Waller stopped all 19 pucks fired his way, as the Dolphins blanked the Sailors, 7-0.
"We all played hard and it was a really good game. Everybody contributed and we all played the best game we could," said Van Dusen, who bumps his goal and points totals to seven and 18 for the season. "It feels pretty good to be contributing to my team and having a good time playing my heart out. I bring my work ethic and I try to keep the boys up and keep them going. We try our best to have a fun, but hard game."
Ryan Root, Griffin Sinden and Dylan Buckholz with his team leading 20th goal, completed the Dolphins' scoring. Blewett, Austin Bisschop and Ryan VanRoestel, each picked up two assists.
Scoring first on this night was the clear goal for the home team.
"That was a big thing for us. We even said in practice the other day, it's Teddy Bear night, so let's make sure we get the first one," Dolphins' assistant coach Chris Masse said. "We had 10 days off, so it was good to see a good performance and get the legs back under them. We skated hard and played well in our end first couple periods."
Van Dusen noticeable all game will have to wait for his first career junior hat trick.
"It was great to see Dusen come out flying tonight. He got a couple quick ones and we were hoping to get him the third one. He got a bunch of ice at the end to see if he could get it," said Masse, adding the team is focusing on their defensive play. "We keep to our process and make sure we have pressure on the puck and keeping a high guy and playing both sides of the puck. We have a lot talent. Guys have been buying in and playing both sides of the puck. That's what is going to help long term."
The Dolphins visited Lucan on Sunday and held on for a 6-5 win over the host Irish.
Dorchester's fifth ranked power play struck twice but also allowed two shorthanded goals.
The Irish opened the scoring down a man in the opening period, the first of three goals by Dillon Saunders. The Dolphins scored the first three goals of the second period and led 5-3 after 40 minutes.
Trailing 6-3 with under two minutes remaining in the third period, the Irish made the game interesting with two goals in eight seconds.
Sinden with two goals, including the game winner, Blewett, Noah Lambe, James Newland and Van Roestel scored for the ‘Phins.
Blewett is tied for second in Yeck scoring with 37 points. Exeter's Jon Baker leads with 48 points.
Dorchester sits second in the division, one point behind the Exeter Hawks (22-6-0-1), but with two games in hand. Aylmer edged Exteter, 5-4, in overtime, on December 15th.
The power play is one facet of the game the Dolphins continue to work on.
"We haven't come out with a power play line. We've been rolling through the lines. We want everyone exposed because you never know what happen during the season," said Masse. "We want to see every guy be able to play on the power play. Maybe later on, we'll look at specific guys."
The Dolphins sit second in penalty killing, at 84.21 percent in the division, behind the Thamesford Trojans.
Coach Masse, a Dorchester native and former Thamesford Trojan player, recently joined the Dolphins' coaching staff with head coach Mark Steele and assistant Jeff Morrison.
The Dolphins (22-5-0-0) have three home games before Christmas, hosting Thamesford (17-10-1-0), on December 19th, Aylmer (9-17-0-1), December 21st and Mt. Brydges (5-21-1-0), December 22nd.