Dolphins lone unbeaten team

 Dolphins take battle of the unbeaten


   Alex Pettipiece and Noah Lambe both score twice to lead the Dorchester Dolphins

   past the Lambeth Lancers, 4-2, improving to 3-0-0 in the PJHL Yeck Division


Friday, September 21, 2018


Dorchester Dolphin Jovin Eterno (9) crashes into Lambeth Lancers' goalie Ryan Govier, during PJHL action at the Flight Exec Centre. The Dolphins won 4-2. (photo / Rob J. Ross)

By Rob J. Ross 

DORCHESTER -  Alex Pettipiece has arrived.

The recently turned 18-year old Dorchester native potted a pair of goals for his hometown team, including the game winner, as the Dorchester Dolphins doubled up on the Lambeth Lancers, 4-2, in a meeting of the undefeated teams, in the Provincial Junior Hockey League (PJHL) Yeck Division.

Pettipiece, who celebrated a birthday seven days ago, scored his first two career goals in junior, striking twice in 53 seconds, both times on the power play, to bump the Dolphins' lead to 3-0 in the first period.

The third goal chased former Dolphins' goalie, Matt Waller, from the Lancers' net. Ryan Govier entered the game and stopped 37 of 38 shots over the remainder of the game. Dorchester's current netminder, Ryan Murray, made 29 saves.

"Definitely good to get them (goals) at the right time," said Pettipiece, who has been skating on a line with Dolphins' veteran stars Dylan Buckholz and Ryan Root. "We're working right now and hopefully that stays. They're goal scorers, older guys with experience at this level. I see myself as a playmaker, bringing a good passing skill set."

For the past two seasons, Pettipiece was a call-up from the Dorchester Dragons' major midget team, suiting up for nine games for the Junior C club.

"That helped a lot starting off here and getting to see what the hockey is like," said Pettipiece.  "I'm glad to get a few games under my feet, get a few goals and hopefully that leads to more success for the team."

On the first power play strike, it was Buckholz and Root setting up Pettipiece. Then Root and James Newland drew assists.

"Our first goal got us going and goals on the p-p led the charge for us," said Pettipiece.

Noah Lambe, making his debut for the Dolphins, opened the scoring four and half minutes into the game. The 20-year old banged home his second goal of the night, late in the third period.

Dorchester looked to be cruising in the second period leading 3-0 and out-shooting their guests, 32-14, but the reigning Yeck champions weren't about to skate away without a push back.

Brody Smith, on the power play, and Jonah Goodman pulled the Lancers to within a goal, scoring 1:24 a part midway through the second period.

"We knew it was going to be a tough test. We wanted to see where we were. They got into penalty trouble and we ended up capitalizing on it," Dolphins' head coach Mark Steele said. "We had a little lapse there where they had two quick ones. Tides can change in a hurry. We had to put our heads down and go back to work (and) stay out of the box, so they don't get another (power play) chance. "

Nolan Blewett assisted on both Lambe goals.

"Alex had his best game so far and that line is clicking well. Noah, that was his first game back from suspension and he played well," said Steele. "It's a big win for us and hopefully we can build on it.

Lambe, a PJHL veteran who brings some Junior B experience, missed the Dolphins' first two games of the regular season sitting a suspension for receiving an instigator – aggressor penalty in an exhibition game.

The Dolphins added 20-year old six foot defenceman Collin Capstick, who played three seasons in the Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League, with Komoka and St. Marys.

"He's played a couple years of Junior B and he's a stay at home defenceman that we needed to add. He's a real good addition," said Steele.

At 3-0-0, the Dolphins lead the Yeck, heading into a road game at Port Stanley, on Saturday, September 22.

The Dolphins have a rare Wednesday home game, at the Flight Exec Centre, hosting the Lucan Irish, September 26 (8:30 p.m.), before welcoming coach Steele's former team, the Aylmer Spitfires, on Friday, September 28 (7:30 p.m.).