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Trojans take 3-2 series lead

 Trojans push Dolphins to the brink


   Thamesford jumped out to a 4-0 lead before hanging on for a 4-3 win,

   and a 3-2 lead over Dorchester in the PJHL Yeck quarterfinal



  March 18, 2022


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By Rob. J. Ross 

DORCHESTER, Ont. - With warmer weather and spring coming this weekend, golf courses will be preparing to open.

That's not the place the Dorchester Dolphins want to be playing at Monday morning.

It will be the location, unless the Dolphins can regroup in their playoff series against the Thamesford Trojans and win two games.

The Trojans jumped out to a 4-0 lead and then held on for a 4-3 game five victory over the Dolphins, Friday, in Dorchester, taking a three games to two lead in the Provincial Junior Hockey Yeck Division quarterfinal.

Game six is at Thamesford Saturday, with game seven if required, at Dorchester, on Sunday.

Thamesford has won three games in a row, after Dorchester won the first two of the series.

"We didn't keep the foot on the pedal and that's what happens with two teams this close. We knew we would be in tight. If you take a shift off or a period off, it'll hurt you," Dolphins' head coach Mark Steele said. "Since the first two games we haven't played the same way. Thamesford has come at us and we haven't answered the bell."

The Dolphins missed the opening bell for game five, as the Trojans jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first period, scoring just 32 seconds in to the contest.

It was 4-0, before the Dolphins made a game of it.

"We played great in the third. The first two tonight were just horrific, to say the least. It's like we weren't even here those first two periods," Steele said. "We stood there and watched them skate around. We didn't hit anybody."

Kevin Liu, Jared Caldarozzi, Curtis Topp and Matson Micallef put the Trojans up.

Jarrett Humphries, with his first career goal in junior, Curtis Nogueria on the power play and Jakob Marche, made it an one goal game.

"Work ethic. It's simple. They are just out working us," Steele said. "Our backs are against the wall. We have to come to work."

Now the Dolphins have to win Saturday on the road to extend their season. They have won at Thamesford three times this season, including game two.

"It's a strange barn to play in, It's small. But we just have to work hard," Steele said. "They (players) all know what they have to do. If we out work them, we'll win. If we don't out work them, we're golfing."

Dylan Vandersleen has been out since game two with a broken bone in his hand. Vandersleen was the the Dolphins' third leading scorer and had a team high 17 assists.

Marche, Logan Corbeil and Mike Cecchi, picked up assists for the Dolphins.