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Stratford beats Kitchener 7-5 as Brooks gets hat trick
Story by Narrative Science.
Mitch Brooks lifted the Stratford Cullitons to a 7-5 victory with a hat trick against the Kitchener Dutchmen.Brooks notched his first tally 2:38 into the third period. He then added goals at 10:09 into the third and at 19:18 into the third.
The win gave Stratford a 2-0 lead in the best of seven series.
The Cullitons pulled out the victory even though they were hit with 35 penalty minutes.
Stratford put up an impenetrable defensive front on the penalty kill, and did not allow Kitchener to score on any of its eight power plays. The Cullitons kept the Dutchmen's goalie busy throughout the game, and Jackson McIntosh made 44 saves on 51 shots.
Stratford additionally got points from Jared Nash, who also registered one goal and one assist and Tyson Baker, who also grabbed one goal and one assist. Others who scored for Stratford included Trevor Sauder and Evan Metelski (APM), who scored one goal each. Other players who recorded assists for Stratford were Hayden Broomhead and Jeff McArdle, who each chipped in one, Jake Pleon and Patrick McKelvie, who contributed two each, and Deven Kropf and Justin Graham, who each chipped in three.
Stratford was unable to stop Kitchener from sending pucks towards the net, and the Dutchmen eventually piled up 42 shots on goal.
Kitchener was led by Wyatt Trainer, who racked up one goal and one assist. Trainer scored 15:59 into the first period to make the score 1-1. Harrison Domagala assisted on the tally. Kitchener also got points from Sean Allen, who also had one goal and one assist and Philip Moser, who also registered one goal and one assist. Kitchener also had goals scored by Jordan Delaurier and Alex Demrovsky, who each put in one. More assists for Kitchener came via Brodie Smith (APJ), who had two and John Nay and Nic Hague, who contributed one each.
The Cullitons' Nicholas Caldwell stopped 37 shots out of the 42 that he faced. Stratford registered two goals on 10 power play opportunities. The Cullitons ran into serious disciplinary problems during the contest, and Shane O Brien was ejected from the game. The Dutchmen ended with 39 minutes in penalty time with 12 minors and one major. For Kitchener, Jeremy Kuehn was ejected from the game.