Dorchester misses opportunity to take over top spot losing to Exeter 8-3
with six games remaining in the PJHL Yeck Division regular season
Monday, January 13, 2019
By Rob J. Ross
DORCHESTER - It is a four horse race and no team wants to give an inch over the home stretch.
With only three points separating the top four teams in the Provincial Junior Hockey League Yeck Division, each of their final games on the schedule has importance.
The Dorchester Dolphins are one point behind the first place Mt. Brydges Bulldogs, one up on the Exeter Hawks and two ahead of the Thamesford Trojans.
The Dolphins failed to leap-frog Mt. Brydges for top spot, losing to the Exeter Hawks, 8-3, on home ice Saturday. The first of three encounters this month, the Hawks scored four unanswered goals in the third period.
"We finished the (second) period really well. We had chances and couldn't get anythng. Then we come out in the third and I thought we were ready to go. We came out flat. They got a quick one and wheels came off the bus after that," Dolphins' head coach Mark Steele said. "Exeter is a team that works hard every shift, every night. We think talent wins all the time, but it showed tonight how they out worked us".
Tied at two after one period, the Hawks took a 4-3 lead in the middle frame. The Hawks finished the game with a 41-40 edge in shots.
"We had moments where we were all over them and couldn't do anything. We didn't capitalize on our chances," Steele said. "It could have been the other way around if we scored on our chances. I didn't think we put out the effort as a whole tonight."
With six games remaining, including two more against Exeter and one versus Thamesford, Steele hopes the players take a lesson from the loss.
"It's a gut check," said the bench boss. "It's effort. We have to want it. We got a fast club, but we're waiting for things to happen instead of creating things."
The defensive coverage has struggled somewhat with the injuries to defenceman Colin Capstick and Nick Schildroth.
"We're hurting on the back end and it shows without our two veteran guys," Steele said. "We're getting exposed a little bit."
Caden Faulkner, Ryan Poley and Dylan Buckholz, with his team leading 27th goal of the season, scored for the Dolphins.
Brady Elder and Jarrett Baker both had two goals for the Hawks. Nick Sammons, Sam Dupuis and Jonathon Frook, completed the Hawks' scoring.
Exeter takes a three games to one
lead in the season series. The Dolphins visit
Exeter, Friday, January 17th.
Dorchester edged the Lucan Irish, 4-3, on home ice, January 10th.
Austin Bisschop, Dylan Van Dusen, Brody Smith and Noah Small helped the 'Phins build a 4-1 lead over two periods.
Four of the final six regular season games for the Dolphins are on the road. With just a 11-8-0-0 record at home, the Dolphins are a division best 14-3-0-0 away from the Flight Exec Centre.
Buckholz continues to lead the
Dolphins with 56 points, third best in the division.
Smith has 52 points, fourth in the division and his
35 assists is tied third highest in the Yeck.
The Dolphins added two players prior to the junior trade deadline.
Nineteen year old forward Dean Jackson comes from the Ayr Centennials, where he had three goals and three assists in 10 games. Jackson picked up his first point with the Dolphins, an assist on the Faulkner goal against Exeter.