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Richard's goals lift Ayr to 2-1 victory over New Hamburg
Story by Narrative Science.
The Ayr Centennials relied on the scoring touch of Andrew Richard, who netted two goals, to beat the New Hamburg Firebirds, 2-1.Richard found the back of the net 4:51 into the first period to make the score 1-0 Ayr and again while 19:59 into the third to make the score 2-1 Ayr.
The win by Ayr clinched the best of seven series at 4-3.
The Centennials' Mitch Figueirdo was a brick wall in net, as he came up with 33 saves and let only one puck past him. The solid play of Figueirdo will be reflected in his goals against average, which pre-game was 3.02.
New Hamburg stifled Ayr's power play, and did not give up a single goal while down a man. The Centennials were unable to stop the Firebirds from sending pucks towards the net, and New Hamburg eventually piled up 34 shots on goal.
The Firebirds were led by Tyler Randerson, who scored the team's only goal. Randerson scored on the power play 10:42 into the first period to make the score 1-1. New Hamburg earned a power play opportunity when Ben Poort was put in the box for hooking. Brandon Yantzi assisted on the tally.
Ayr incurred 10 minutes in penalty time with five minors. For the Centennials, Adam Fisher was ejected from the game. The Firebirds' Eric Peicheff stopped 25 shots out of the 27 that he faced. New Hamburg incurred 10 minutes in penalty time with five minors.