This time Dorchester scores twice in 35 seconds igniting an offensive outburst for
a 7-1 rout of Exeter in game three of the PJHL Yeck Division final
Sunday, March 10, 2019
By Rob J. Ross
DORCHESTER - It was a reversal of fortunes.
In each of the first two games, the Exeter Hawks gained momentum by scoring twice within a minute, carrying them to victories for a two games to none lead in the series.
In game three of the Provincial Junior Hockey League Yeck Division final, it was the Dorchester Dolphins' turn for two goals in less than 60 seconds.
Nolan Blewett and Griffen Sinden scored 35 seconds apart, breaking a 1-1 tie, seven minutes into the second period. By the end of the middle frame, it was 4-1 Dolphins, and the home team buried the Hawks with three more goals in the third period, for a 7-1 rout.
"That's big. We lost those first two and we had to get back in the win column. Now we're going to push forward. We know what to do to beat them. We just have to play our game and not let them dictate it," said Sinden. "We played harder. Maybe we just had to get our legs under us. We started flying and we got Smitty back too. He contributed today, with some unreal passes. He's a key part and we need him for the rest of the run."
Brody Smith, in his first game back from serving a four game suspension, had three assists.
"It was definitely tough to watch the two losses. Watching I saw a lot (and) gave a few tips to the boys," Smith said. "The boys were nervous but we knew we could do it. That's why it's a seven game series. Hopefully we'll get running now and do well. We played better defensively."
The Dolphins were out shot 45-41, but held the Hawks to the single goal. Matt Waller was between the pipes for Dorchester, replacing Liam McCarthy who played the first two games.
"Waller stepped up and made some massive saves," said Sinden. "Our D stepped up. We shut them down better than the first two games."
Game three was the Dolphins most complete effort of the final so far.
"The first game I thought having the layoff we were behind the eight ball and it took us awhile to get our legs. Last night, we played good enough to win, but we didn't score on the chances we had. We weren't shooting the puck enough and we're not going to score goals if we don't shoot the puck," Dolphins' head coach Mark Steele said. "We did a lot of things that we need to do (defensively) and we've been preaching about our own zone. That's where we've been having issues. We cleaned up and did the tasks we needed to do tonight."
It seems so far the team that scores twice in 60 seconds at some point during the game, goes on to win.
"It's weird how it has worked out. It's rare to see that happening in three consecutive games," said Steele. "It's one of those series when you get momentum things happen quickly. So we have to able to weather the storm when it happens."
Now the Dolphins aim to even the series, heading into game four at Exeter, on Tuesday.
"We want to get it tied and get our home ice advantage back. It's a tough place to play, but we know what we need to do to be successful and tonight we showed that," said Steele.
The Dolphins' power play is beginning to awake after being dormant for the majority of the playoffs, increasing to 18.46 per cent with three goals tonight and two in game two. The penalty killing unit is one of the best in the province at 91.38 per cent and four goals scored.
"Our power play has to start scoring. Our penalty kill has always been good. When they (players) buy in to doing what we've worked on for the power play and not doing their own little things, we are successful. It tends to be trying at times," said Steele. "They (Hawks) are an aggressive team and are bigger than us. They take penalties and we have to take advantage when they do."
Ryan Root on the power play and Hawks' Nick Sammons, traded first period goals.
Dylan Van Dusen with two goals and Dylan Buckholz and Sinden, both on the power play, completed the Dolphins' scoring.
James Newland, Noah Small and Noah Lambe, each picked up two assists.
Buckholz leads the Dolphins with 17 points, on seven goals and 10 assists and moves into a share for the division playoff scoring lead with Exeter's Jon Baker.
Smith has six goals and seven assists in only eight games. Blewett has a team high nine goals, also the top sniper in the Yeck playoffs.
Newland leads the defence with four goals and seven assists.