Sutherland Cup 2013
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Cambridge outlasts St. Catharines, 3-2
Story by Narrative Science.
In a game where neither team could get a cushion, the Cambridge Winter Hawks escaped with a 3-2 victory over the St. Catharines Falcons.
Neither team gained more than a two-goal lead, and Cody Gratton's goal in the third period proved to be the difference maker.
Gratton had one goal and two assists to lead Cambridge. Gratton scored short handed 19:45 into the third period to make the score 3-2 Cambridge. The Winter Hawks played down a man on Trevor Hache's abuse of officials. Kyle Locke picked up the assist.
St. Catharines was unable to stop Cambridge from sending pucks towards the net, and the Winter Hawks eventually piled up 38 shots on goal. Cambridge was forced to rely heavily on their penalty kill unit throughout the game, as it racked up 34 penalty minutes.
The Falcons forced the Winter Hawks goalie Lucas Machalski to work between the pipes, taking 33 shots. Team could not crack Cambridge's penalty kill and was held to two power play goals while having 11 opportunities to play with the man advantage. Team's forwards weren't the only contributers offensively, and the team's defensemen showcased their scoring touch with two goals.
St. Catharines was helped by Julian Luciani, who tallied one goal. Luciani scored on the power play 5:54 into the third period to make the score 2-2. A cross checking penalty on Hache had put the Falcons on the power play. Jimmy Sheehan provided the assist. St. Catharines additionally got points from Sheehan, who also racked up one goal and one assist. In addition, St. Catharines received assists from Jesse Miller, who had one and Yanni Rallis, who had two.
Lucas Machalski made 31 saves for the Winter Hawks on 33 shots. Cambridge registered one goal on two power play opportunities. St. Catharines' Jonathon D Ilario stopped 35 shots out of the 38 that he faced. The Falcons incurred 16 minutes in penalty time with three minors.