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Dolphins take game one vs Trojans

 Power play lifts Dolphins in game one


   Josh Short scores twice with the man advantage against Thamesford,

   as Dorchester takes the opening game of the PJHL Yeck quarter, 3-2



  March 11, 2022


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By Rob. J. Ross 

DORCHESTER, Ont. - It has been a vital weapon for the Dorchester Dolphins all season.

The power play, one the best in the entire league, came through for the Dolphins big time, providing two goals, in a 3-2, win against the Thamesford Trojans, in game one of their Provincial Junior Hockey League (PJHL) Yeck Division quarterfinal, Friday, at the Flight Exec Centre.

Josh Short had two third period power play goals and assisted on Jakob Marche's opening goal in the first period.

"It was a huge, huge win. It's great to start of the series with a win," said Marche, who also picked up an assist. "We worked hard and again Jack stood on his head and Shorty is rolling right now."

Dolphins' goalie Jackson Mailloux made 35 saves, 19 stops coming in the second period, when the Trojans carried the play and scored twice, for a 2-1 lead.

"We were a little flat in the second," admits Marche. "They were flying. They're always going and we had to answer to it. The boys realized we had to start jumping on pucks earlier and moving our feet more."

After killing off a penalty, the Dolphins had a five-on-three power play and took advantage with Short netting the equalizer.

Six minutes later, Short gave the home team the lead with a second power play marker.

"Braidon Duncan found a lane, found my stick and I just tapped it in," Short said. "The first we came out alright and in the second we were a bit sloppy. But we brought it in the third. Our penalty was very good even though we let one in. I think we did a good job out there. A crucial kill in the third."

Gage Argue, on the power play and Carter Chard, gave the Trojans a 2-1 advantage in the second period.

The Dolphins were two for five on the power play, while the Trojans were, one for six.

"Our PK was on. The refs were calling everything, but we answered to it. Our power play was good," Marche said. "These guys (Trojans) are good and we're going to be in tough, but if we play like (tonight), I think we'll be alright."

Game two is at Thamesford, 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Game three is back here Sunday, at 7 p.m.

During the regular season, the teams split four games, each winning twice on the road.

"We have to rise to the occasion in their barn," Marche said. "Their barn is real hard to play in and they know how to play in it. We have to be dialled in."