Weekend wins has Dorchester on a six game roll in the PJHL Yeck Division
Sunday, December 1, 2019
By Rob J. Ross
DORCHESTER, ON. - Thanks to a season high six game win streak the Dorchester Dolphins are in the hunt for first place.
Wins over the North Middlesex Stars and Lucan Irish this past weekend, have the Dolphins (16-6-0-0) two points out of top spot in the PJHL Yeck Division.
The Mt. Brydges Bulldogs (17-8-0-0) and Exeter Hawks (16-7-1-1) share first place with 34 points each.
"We're starting to play the game (coach Mark Steele) is trying to make us play. Earlier in the season we were kind of doing our own thing. We were only playing 20 minutes of the way he wanted," veteran Dolphin Ryan Root said. "Now we're playing more structured, listening and everyone is moving as one unit. That's the main reason. We're starting to become a team in the dressing room."
Root led the Dolphins with two goals and two assists in a 10-4 win against the Stars, Friday, November 29th, at the Flight Exec Centre.
Leading 4-3 heading into the second period, the Dolphins' offence took over, in part to the power play going four for seven.
"We stayed persistent on them. We didn't back away from hits. We threw our bodies and created room and created energy. We continued to push on them and then we broke loose. We had 30 shots in the first period and eventually we started popping them in," Root said. "It's awesome when we're getting scoring from all lines. When it comes to the playoffs, you have to have that to win."
Jovin Eterno with two goals, Dylan Buckholz, Nick Schildroth, Colin Capstick, Austin Bisschop, Caden Faulkner and Isaac Sturgeon, also scored for the Dolphins.
Noah Small drew three assists, while Braidon Duncan had a pair of helpers.
"Every game we go in to, we have to fight for every win. We're playing a lot of good teams," Root said. "We'll have to make sure everyone is on the same page. We have to get in the habit of keeping it going, not taking shifts off.
"If we don't go into the game at Lucan (Saturday, November 30th) with a competitive edge and ready, they'll beat us. We have to come to play."
The Irish did show they can play with the Dolphins, leading 4-2 after two periods and holding a 5-4 lead into the final minute of the third period.
Buckholz tied the game and then won it with his 19th goal in the season in overtime.
Capstick, Ryan Poley, Quinn Wenger, and Josh Short, completed the Dolphins' scoring.
Duncan is third among defenceman scoring with 21 points (four goals, 17 assists).
The six consecutive wins ties the season high for the division. The Bulldogs had a six game roll in late October.
Dorchester has a home and home series with the winless Port Stanley Sailors, December 6-7th.