Yeck semifinal tied at one

 Captain Smith leads his Dolphins


   Brody Smith scores twice and sets up another goal leading Dorchester

   to a 5-2 win against Thamesford tying the Yeck Division semifinal


  Monday, March 2, 2020


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By Rob J. Ross

DORCHESTER - The captain took the reigns.

Brody Smith potted two goals, including the game winner and picked up an assist, to lead his Dorchester Dolphins to a 5-2 win against the Thamesford Trojans, tying the best of seven Provincial Junior Hockey League (PJHL) Yeck Division semifinal at one game each, at Dorchester Sunday.

Thamesford took the opening game of the series, 3-1, on home ice February 28th.

"I just knew we had to come into this game strong with a lot of intensity and play as hard as we can," Smith said. "It's nice getting the first goal and getting that type of start early. That helps and contributes to our success. We bared down and scored on our opportunities."

The Dolphins may have been out shot, 42-31, but certainly not out played. From Smith's first period goal, the Dolphins led the entire way.

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"We're a better team when we shoot the puck more. It's not like we're not getting chances. We're shooting the puck but we're not hitting the net enough," Dolphins' head coach Mark Steele said. "The board shows less shots, but we're getting more attempts than they are."

The game one result didn't phase Steele either.

"It took us awhile to get things going offensively, (but) we played a good first game. We put the effort in," said Steele, adding his team didn't feel they were out shot as much as the clock displayed in game one.

Added Smith, "We don't know if the shots are always right, but as long as we're getting our chances and capitalizing and the score says more for us, it's a success."

The Dolphins' top line of Smith, Ryan Root and Dylan Buckholz, gave the home team a 1-0 lead after the opening 20 minutes of game two.

Austin Bisschop continued his hot play with his fourth goal of the playoffs, four minutes in to the second period.

After an unsuccessful penalty shot by Trojans' Ryan Tremblett, Brody made it 3-0 Dolphins.

The Trojans finally got one past Dolphins' goalie Liam McCarthy, on their 30th shot of the game in the final minute of the second period.

Braidon Duncan restored the 'Phins' three goal lead before the period was out.

Trojans' Lucas Ojero on the power play and Dolphins' Josh Short, with his eighth of the playoffs, scored in the third period.

Dolphins' goalie Liam McCarthy made 40 saves, after making 34 stops in game one.

"He made some crazy saves. At times he did get peppered," Smith said. "We do need to help him out and block more shots. He's playing unreal."

Bisschop, Duncan and Short, each finished a goal and an assist. Buckholz had two assists.

Short leads the Dolphins in playoff scoring with 11 points. Bisschop has four goals and six assists and Buckholz, four goals and five assists.

The Trojans carried a 2-0 lead, in to the final minute of the third period of the opening game, before the Dolphins found the back of the net. Tyler Arndt and Cooper Brabrook netting goals.

Short, with McCarthy on the bench, made it 2-1. The Dolphins pulled their netminder again, but Spencer Mills found the yawning cage, for a 3-1 final.

Game three is at Thamesford Tuesday and game four back in Dorchester on Wednesday. Both games at 8:30 p.m.

"If we stay on top of them like we did tonight I know we can take this series," Smith said. "We need to come out as hard as we did tonight. It contributes to our game and gets us going nothing but north."