Playoffs 2015

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Huge game by Morrison boosts St. Catharines over Welland, 7-4

Jack Gatecliff Rink    Fri, Mar 20, 2015

Behind a great game by Tyler Morrison, who had one goal and three assists, the St. Catharines Falcons defeated the Welland Jr. Canadians, 7-4.

Morrison got on the board by slotting home a goal 5:19 into the first period to make the score 1-0 St. Catharines. Jacob Parisotto picked up the assist. Morrison dished an assist on Manny Manns's goal that made the score 3-1 St. Catharines at 49 seconds into the second period. He then added assists on Jake Evans's goal at 3:28 into the third and on Tyler Jackson's goal at 18:58 into the third.

The win by St. Catharines clinched the best of seven series at 4-1.

Welland was unable to stop the Falcons from sending pucks towards the net, and St. Catharines eventually piled up 31 shots on goal.

St. Catharines additionally got points from Jackson, who also finished with one goal and one assist and Manns, who also had one goal and two assists. Others who scored for St. Catharines included Patrick MacDonald and Brandon Cercone, who each put in one. More assists for St. Catharines came via Brock Ackerman, who had two and Justin Felker, Broderick Kelly, Owen Peacock, Brett Brooker, and Tyler Hildebrant, who contributed one each.

The Jr. Canadians' offense rang up 34 shots on the Falcons' net.

Welland was helped by JC Thivierge, who grabbed one goal. Thivierge scored on the power play 17:40 into the first period to make the score 1-1. The Jr. Canadians earned a power play opportunity when Evans was put in the box for spearing. Brayden Stortz assisted on the tally. Welland also had goals scored by Jack Fitzgerald, Nathan MacDuff, and Cameron Aitken, who scored one goal each. In addition, Welland received assists from Mitch Reid, Cole McKnight, Matt Cuglietta, and Kris Melna, who each chipped in one.

St. Catharines' Ben Csiernik stopped 30 shots out of the 34 that he faced. The Falcons incurred 26 minutes in penalty time with eight minors. St. Catharines ran into serious disciplinary problems during the contest, and Paolo De Sousa was ejected from the game. Hunter Johnson rejected 24 shots on goal for Welland. The Jr. Canadians incurred 10 minutes in penalty time with five minors.