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Ancaster outlasts Niagara Falls, 6-4
Story by Narrative Science.
The Ancaster Avalanche and the Niagara Falls Canucks were evenly matched throughout their contest, but Ancaster made the most of its opportunities and won, 6-4.
No lead was more than two goals during the contest, and the winning goal was scored by Max Balinson at 4:11 of the third period.
The win by the Avalanche clinched the best of seven series at 4-0.
Michael Faliero had two goals to lead Ancaster to victory. Faliero found the back of the net 5:45 into the second period to make the score 3-2 Ancaster and again while on the power play 15:11 into the second to make the score 4-3 Ancaster.
The Avalanche put up an impenetrable defensive front on the penalty kill, and did not allow Niagara Falls to score on any of its four power plays.
Ancaster additionally got points from Ben Hughes, who also racked up one goal and two assists to lead the team in points. Ancaster also had goals scored by Cole Nagy and Blake Luscombe, who scored one goal each. More assists for Ancaster came via Ryan Cox, who had two, Chris Klack, who had three, and Lucas Pozzobon, Alex Zaccaria, and Owen Burnell, who contributed one each.
The Canucks kept Ancaster's goalie busy throughout the game, and Blake Richard made 39 saves on 43 shots.
Niagara Falls was helped by Matthew Marsden, who had one goal. Marsden scored 18:57 into the second period to make the score 4-4. Kevin Millejours assisted on the tally. Niagara Falls also got points from Austin Wright, who also registered one goal and one assist to lead the team in points. Others who scored for Niagara Falls included Nigel Slade and Zack Lansfield, who each put in one. In addition, Niagara Falls received assists from Colton Anstey, Trevor Simonick, and Ryall Ledyard, who each chipped in one.
The Avalanche incurred 22 minutes in penalty time with six minors. The Canucks' Dylan Pietrangelo stopped 18 shots out of the 23 that he faced. Niagara Falls incurred 22 minutes in penalty time with six minors. For the Canucks, Matthew Mannella was ejected from the game.