Wins over North Middlesex and Lucan keep Dorchester in a share of top spot
in the PJHL Yeck Division with two regular season games to go
Monday, January 27, 2019
By Rob J. Ross
DORCHESTER - Teenagers around the globe love videos.
The type recently watched by the Dorchester Dolphins may be the one part of their game plan that takes them to the top.
With two games remaining in their regular season, the Dolphins sit tied for first place in the Provincial Junior Hockey League Yeck Division with the Mt. Brydges Bulldogs. The co-leaders are two points ahead of the Thamesford Trojans and three up on the Exeter Hawks.
Brydges has one game to go, while Thamesford and Exeter each have three games remaining, including one each against Dorchester.
Prior to a pair of wins this weekend, 11-1 at Lucan on Saturday and 7-3 over the North Middlesex Stars, 24 hours earlier on home ice Friday, the Dolphins held a video session.
Dorchester head coach Mark Steele and his staff showed players clips from games, including back to back losses earlier this month to Exeter, pointing out poor positioning and decisions with the puck.
"They got to see it for the first time at our video session," Dolphins' head coach Mark Steele said of his players. "They were like, 'oh, we didn't realize that'. When they finally saw what they were doing, we corrected it in practice. Now they seem to understand what we were getting at. They were actually seeing themselves do it. It went a long way. They were physically seeing what we don't want them to do."
Steele noticed vast improvement in the first game following that practice, the victory against North Middlesex.
"That was our best game we have played in a long time," Steele said. "That's the team I know we have."
Dylan Van Dusen scored twice, including a game breaking short handed goal early in the third period that gave the Dolphins a 5-2 lead. The shorty is the Dolphins' 12 of the year, most by any team in the Yeck.
"It was a really good bounce. I just shot it and hoped for the best. Luck was on my side there," said Van Dusen. "Everybody was helping out tonight. We all had a good game. Everybody was contributing."
Josh Short scored his 22nd goal of the year, while Dylan Buckholz buried his 28th of the campaign.
"It feels good as a rookie to come out and score some points," said Short, who was playing alongside Jovin Eterno and Dean Jackson. "I thought I had a slower start (to the season), but throughout the year I got a couple more points."
The 17-year old Short leads all rookies in goals.
Sixteen year old rookie defenceman Tristan Gerth, captain Brody Smith and Nick Schildroth, completed the Dolphins' scoring. Buckholz, Gerth and Smith, also picked up one assist each.
Gerth, with three goals and 14 assists for 17 points, is second among defencemen on the Dolphins, behind Braidon Duncan's 31 points.
The Dolphins remaining two games are at Exeter Tuesday, before hosting Thamesford on Wednesday. The regular season for the division concludes this weekend.
Mt. Brydges beat Exeter Sunday to grab a share of first place. Dorchester has one game in hand and holds the tie-breaker, due to winning the season series, if the two teams finish tied.
"I figure we have to win out to have a chance at first. Then we'll have to see how it plays out and sit and wait until next Saturday," Steele said.
Adds Van Dusen, "We'll have to give the same or more effort than we did tonight (versus North Middlesex) and tonight we had a hell of a game."
With defencemen Colin Capstick and Nick Schildroth returning from injuries, the Dolphins are healthy on the eve of the playoffs.
"We have a full line-up and now we're scratching guys. It's crunch time. They're making it hard on us which guys (to sit). It showed (this weekend) because guys want to stay in the line-up."
At Lucan, Austin Bisschop bagged his first career junior hat trick and Caden Faulkner had a goal and five assists, in the dismantling of the host Irish.
"It felt absolutely amazing to finally get it done. It was quite the relief because I've had multiple two goal games," said Bisschop, who has six goals and four assists over his past 10 games, bumping his season totals to 12 goals and 13 assists. "They were hard working goals, all three of them rebounds. I was glad I got to contribute."
Smith also netted a hat trick, for 21 goals on the season and giving the Dolphins their fourth 20-goal scorer.
Ethan Whitmore with two goals, Dean Jackson and Buckholz, with his team leading 29th, also scored. Van Dusen and Noah Small each collected three assists.
Buckholz continues to lead the Dolphins with 59 points, third highest in the division. His 29 goals trails Thamesford's Ryan Tremblett by two, for top sniper.
Smith, with 58 points, leads the 'Phins with 37 helpers.
Buckholz, Small, Short and Smith have 20 plus goals, with Van Dusen on the door step, at 19.
Dorchester has the number one power play and third best penalty kill.
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