Dolphins leads series, 3-0

 Dolphins grab stranglehold of series


   Josh Short scores twice helping Dorchester take a 3-0 lead over North Middlesex

   in the best of seven game PJHL Yeck Division series


  Friday, February 14, 2019


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By Rob J. Ross

DORCHESTER - Three consecutive strong third periods have the Dorchester Dolphins just three periods away from a series sweep.

Josh Short scored his fourth and fifth goals of the playoffs and Austin Bisschop had a goal and an assist, to add to his point total, leading the Dolphins to a 5-3 win over the North Middlesex Stars, in game three of the Provincial Junior Hockey League Yeck Division series.

Dorchester owns a three games to none stranglehold on the best of seven affair, with game four Saturday in Parkhill.

Over the three games in the series, the Dolphins have outscored the Stars, 5-1, in the third period. That lone Stars' goal was a buzzer beater in game three.

No wonder the Dolphins didn't panic when the Stars took a 2-0 lead mid way through the first period.

"It was a little rough start for us. We noticed, built off that and we started to go up hill from there," Dolphins' captain Brody Smith said. "When we fell behind (2-0), we knew we'd be ok, we just had to calm down."

Josh Moorhouse and Sam Baker gave the Stars their lead, scoring 1:29 apart mid first period.

Two minutes later Dylan Buckholz put the Dolphins on the board with his fourth goal of the playoffs. Noah Small tied the game three minutes later.

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"We started off slow again. We were down and clawed back in the first. We were fine after that," Dolphins' head coach Mark Steele said. "We have the team (to come back) and we're pretty positive. We understand in the playoffs we're going to be down and we have to be able to dig ourselves out."

Short gave the Dolphins a 3-2 lead two and a half minutes in to the second period. The 17-year old rookie buried his second goal of the night, stick-checking a Stars' defenceman at the side of the net, before sliding the puck between the legs of goalie Grant Linville.

"I just lifted his stick and the puck came out to the middle," Short said. "It feels good to help the boys out and score some goals. Just working hard, getting pucks to the net and getting myself open on the power play. That's about it."

His simplicity has earned Short more ice time.

"When you have a hot guy he gets more ice. He's playing with a couple lines. He could have had five or six tonight. He hit the post twice," Steele said. "He's a strong, strong kid. There are not many kids who can knock him off that puck. He's so strong. Some of their players try to take liberties at him, but I've only seen him fall down once and they both went down."

Bisschop scored on the power play, for a 5-2 lead. Stars' Eric Lave slid one in at the 20 minute mark.

Game three was relatively quiet for penalties aside from a spell mid third period.

"There are a lot of emotions out there," Smith said. "We just have to take it because a lot of playoff games are won with the power play. Our special teams are doing alright."

Dorchester is three for 18 with the man advantage in the series, while North Middlesex is one for 13.

Short has five goals and an assist in the series, while Bisschop has two goals and four assists. Small finished with a goal and an assist in game three and now has two goals and three assists.

Game four goes Saturday, at 8 p.m. in Parkhill. Game five, if necessary, is at Dorchester, 1 p.m. on Sunday.

"It's still not over," cautioned Steele. "They're a tough team. They're physical. We have to stick with what we are doing and make sure we don't get into discipline issues."


Around the Yeck:

The Thamesford Trojans completed a series sweep of the Port Stanley, with a 10-0 win. Ryan Tremblett had two goals and two assists, while goalie Spencer Mace needing to stop just 16 shots for the shutout. Tristan Walsh, Tyler Arndt, Kolbe Doxtator, Ray Robbins, Luke Caldarozzi, Spencer Mills. Jared Caldarozzi and Matt Granger, also scored.

The Mt. Brydges Bulldogs had eight different marksmen in an 8-3 win over the Aylmer Spitfires and now hold a three games to none series lead.

Ryan Hopkins, Aidan Thompson, Russell Kelly and Taylor Toth, each had a goal and two assists. Colin Van Rooyen, Cody Mason, Daniel Stretton and Blake Griffiths, completed the Bulldogs' goal scoring.

Erik Scherer, with two goals and Dustin Vandersleen, replied for Aylmer.

A 9-2 win gives the Exeter Hawks a 3-0 lead in their series against the Lucan Irish.



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