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Prpic nets hat trick, leads Brantford to 8-5 win over Whitby

Brantford Civic Centre    Fri, Mar 14, 2014

The Whitby Dunlops could not stop the Brantford Blast's Joel Prpic, who tallied a hat trick in an 8-5 win.

Prpic's first goal came 6:33 into the first period. He then added goals at 15:03 into the second and at 19:42 into the third.

The win by Brantford clinched the best of seven series at 4-2.

The Blast pulled out the victory even though they were hit with 21 penalty minutes.

Referees had their hands full with a major incident at 18:50 into the third period. Four fighting penalties were dished out along with two game misconducts.

Brantford kept Whitby's goalie busy throughout the game, and Ryan Gibb made 28 saves on 36 shots.

Brantford also got points from Chris Rebernik, who also registered two goals and one assist, Jon Jankus, who also grabbed one goal and one assist, and Chris Leveille, who also had one goal and two assists. Brantford also got a goal from Mike Burgoyne as well. In addition, Brantford received assists from Kyle Spurr, Mark Taylor, Ryan Tocher, and Brett Leggat, who each chipped in one and Cam Sault and Chad Spurr, who contributed two each.

The Dunlops were led by Adam Van Dam, who finished with one goal and two assists. Van Dam scored on the power play 15:45 into the first period to make the score 3-1 Brantford. A holding penalty on Prpic had put Whitby on the power play. Brett McConnachie assisted on the tally. Whitby additionally got points from David Ross, who also racked up one goal and one assist, McConnachie, who also registered one goal and one assist, and Matthew Baxter, who also tallied one goal and one assist. Kyle Musselman also scored for Whitby. Other players who recorded assists for Whitby were Mike Pawlak, who had two and Doug Carr and Peter MacKellar, who each chipped in one.

The Blast's Leggat stopped 22 shots out of the 27 that he faced. Brantford registered one goal on four power play opportunities. The Blast ran into serious disciplinary problems during the contest, and Andrew Lackner was ejected from the game. The Dunlops totaled 15 minutes in penalty time with five minors and one major and went 1-for-7 on the power play. For Whitby, Patrick Jobb and McConnachie were ejected from the contest.