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Ancaster downs Niagara Falls in overtime, 6-5 (OT)
Story by Narrative Science.
The Ancaster Avalanche pulled out a 6-5 (OT) overtime victory over the Niagara Falls Canucks on a clutch goal by Chris Klack.
The win gave Ancaster a 1-0 lead in the best of seven series.
Niagara Falls was unable to stop the Avalanche from sending pucks towards the net, and Ancaster eventually piled up 36 shots on goal.
The Avalanche were led by Ben Hughes, who racked up three goals and one assist. Ancaster also got points from Klack, who also had one goal and two assists, Owen Burnell, who also registered one goal and one assist, and Ryan Cox, who also grabbed one goal and one assist. Other players who recorded assists for Ancaster were Adam Burnett, who had three and Luke Zupan, Alex Zaccaria, and Brennan McLennan, who contributed one each.
The Canucks forced Ancaster goalie Blake Richard to work between the pipes, taking 33 shots.
Niagara Falls was led by Austin Wright, who tallied two goals and one assist. Wright scored the first of his two goals on the power play at 13:35 into the second period to make the score 4-2 Ancaster. An interference penalty on Donato Cipriano had put the Canucks on the power play. Mac Hollowell picked up the assist. Wright's next tally on the power play made the score 5-5 with 57 seconds left in the third period. Ryall Ledyard assisted on the tally. Niagara Falls additionally got points from Frank Pucci, who also had one goal and one assist. Others who scored for Niagara Falls included Nigel Slade and Zack Lansfield, who scored one goal each. In addition, Niagara Falls received assists from Taggart Ledyard, Kevin Millejours, Trevor Simonick, and Matthew Marsden, who each chipped in one.
The Avalanche's Richard stopped 28 shots out of the 33 that he faced. Ancaster incurred 30 minutes in penalty time with 10 minors. Joseph Murdaca rejected 30 shots on goal for Niagara Falls. The Canucks incurred 22 minutes in penalty time with 11 minors. Niagara Falls ran into serious disciplinary problems during the contest, and Ledyard was ejected from the game.