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Paris survives Norwich comeback, wins 3-2

Brant Sports Complex    Sun, Feb 23, 2014

The Norwich Merchants tried to dig themselves out of a two-goal hole, but the Paris Mounties held on for a 3-2 victory.

Paris made the score 3-1 on a goal by Richard Brooks at 12:17 in the third period, and Norwich got as close as 3-2 when Mitchell Berzins scored 19:33 into the third period.

After the loss made the series score 3-0 in the best of seven series, the Merchants face elimination next time out.

Clayton Chalmers was all over the ice for the Mounties, as he tallied two goals and one assist in the win. Chalmers scored the first of his two goals on the power play at 17:51 into the first period to make the score 1-1. A charging penalty on Nick Burdett had put Paris on the power play. Ian Fowler picked up the assist. Chalmers' next tally on the power play made the score 2-1 Paris with 8:22 left in the second period. The Mounties earned a power play opportunity when Zach Couwenberg was put in the box for hooking. Daniel Puglise assisted on the tally.

More assists for Paris came via Jacob Norcott, who had one and Zack Skubnik, who had two.

Norwich kept Paris' goalie busy throughout the game, and Zach Shompe made 32 saves on 34 shots.

The Merchants were helped by Braeden Shand, who registered one goal. Shand scored on the power play 14:53 into the first period to make the score 1-0 Norwich. Norwich had gotten the advantage when the Mounties' Tye Calder was sent off for checking from behind. Todd Poirier picked up the assist. In addition, Norwich received assists from Kurtis Lavis, Brandon Zimmermann, and Drake Morrell, who contributed one a piece.

Paris incurred 24 minutes in penalty time with seven minors. For the Mounties, Calder was ejected from the game. Patrick Maziarz made 24 saves for the Merchants on 27 shots. Norwich incurred 12 minutes in penalty time with six minors.