Dolphins silence Hawks

 Dolphins' best effort of the season     


   As PJHL season approaches mid point Dorchester on a four game roll after

   blanking Exeter, 3-0, with a 60 minute effort pleasing coach Steele


  Sunday, November 24, 2019


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By Rob J. Ross

DORCHESTER, ON. - Best game of the year.

That is what head coach Mark Steele called his Dorchester Dolphins' 3-0 shutout of the Exeter Hawks, Sunday, at the Flight Exec Centre.

"That's a big win for us. We played our first full 60 minutes. That was a good effort by everybody, from the front to the back to the goaltending. We put in a complete game together," said Steele. "We're younger so it's taking a little bit for some of the guys to get on the same page. The last four games we've really turned a corner. Hopefully we keep building on that."

Now on a four game win streak, the Dolphins are 9-3-0-0 over their past dozen games as the Provincial Junior Hockey League season approaches the mid point.


"It's a tough thing to get consistency day in and day out. Hopefully after this 60 minutes we can build from this game. It was a good team effort from everybody," Steel said. "We rolled four lines. That's our strength. We can roll four lines. That's what we're striving to tell them. We're a better team when we can play all four. When we have everybody playing we're hard to beat."

Noah Small scored twice, Dylan Buckholz's team leading 16th goal was the game winner and goalie Liam McCarthy made 31 saves for the shutout.

It is back to back multi goal games for Small, vaulting his total to 15 for the season, second on the Dolphins. His 27 points matches his entire out put for last season.

"I hope to keep that going. It's nice to contribute," said the 19-year old Dorchester native. "I've been happy with my performance this year so far. I think I've improved quite a bit from last year. I've been helped by good line-mates (Dylan Van Dusen, Austin Bisschop or Isaac Sturgeon). They've been great feeding me pucks and burying pucks I've fed them. We seem to have good chemistry."

McCarthy lowers his goals-against average to 2.09, and increases his save percentage to .940. Only Mt. Brydges Bulldog Quinton Duncan has better numbers between the pipes.

"The main thing is that everyone is buying into systems and everyone is working on what coach Steele preaches," McCarthy said. "Everyone is getting comfortable and realizing that every night as long as they come to play the best game they can, we'll have enough to have a good team win. Even small things like talking out there and picking up guys, it's been a huge difference."

Dorchester moves into third place in the Provincial Junior Hockey League Yeck Division, two points back of Exeter and six points behind the first place Mt. Brydges Bulldogs, but with games in hand on both teams.

The Dolphins are riding a four game win streak including back to back shutouts.

Small, Josh Short and Austin Bisschop each scored twice, as the Dolphins blanked the Port Stanley Sailors, 11-0, on the road November 22nd.

Buckholz, Ryan Poley, Ryan Root, Bryce Darville and Braidon Duncan, also scored. Root also picked up three assists.

McCarthy made 27 saves in net for the shutout.

The Dolphins host the North Middlesex Stars, Friday, November 29th. The season series is tied at two games each.

At the game students from Lord Dorchester Secondary School will be collecting old coats for families in need.