Playoffs 2012

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Grimsby hangs on, beats Chippawa 4-2

Gale Centre    Thu, Feb 23, 2012

Drew Whalen scored the go-ahead goal in the first period, and the Grimsby Peach Kings held off the challenges of the Chippawa Riverhawks in a tough 4-2 win.

Whalen provided Grimsby with the game-winning tally when he scored 12:53 into the the first period. Adam Burt provided the assist.

The win moved the Peach Kings to down 2-0 in the best of seven series.

Andrew Kolodzey had two goals to lead Grimsby to victory. Kolodzey scored at 12:33 into the first period to make the score 1-1 and again while 3:03 into the second to make the score 3-1 Grimsby.

Referees had their hands full with a major incident at 19:11 into the third period. Four fighting penalties were dished out along with two game misconducts.

The Peach Kings racked up the penalties in the contest, and ended with five minors and two majors for 30 minutes in penalty time. Grimsby had been averaging 26 minutes in penalties per game. The Peach Kings' penalty kill was spotless, allowing no goals on three Chippawa power plays. Grimsby's offense efficiently hummed along to the tune of 35 shots put on Chippawa's net.

Grimsby got a goal from Lucas Dykstra as well. Other players who recorded assists for Grimsby were ZaK McQuade, Colin Wierts, Robert Wormald, and Peter Shantz, who each chipped in one.

The Riverhawks excelled on the penalty kill, not giving up a single goal in six chances.

Chippawa was helped by Mitch Sawatzky, who tallied one goal. Sawatzky scored 8:55 into the first period to make the score 1-0 Chippawa. Curtis Sauve assisted on the tally. Aidan McCreadie also scored for Chippawa. More assists for Chippawa came via Daniel Heidebrect, who had one.

Jeremy Currie turned away 23 pucks between the pipes for the Peach Kings. Team's Dan Lamarre and Connor Rilett were slapped with misconducts and ejected from the game. David Johnston recorded 31 saves for the Riverhawks. Chippawa ended with 45 minutes in penalty time with five minors and one major. For the Riverhawks, Brandon Thomas was ejected from the game.