Playoffs 2014

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New Hamburg outlasts Ayr, 7-5

North Dumfries    Thu, Feb 27, 2014

The game between the New Hamburg Firebirds and the Ayr Centennials was tight through all 60 minutes, but in the end New Hamburg emerged with a 7-5 win.

Each team kept the other at bay throughout the game, and Tyler Randerson secured the win for the Firebirds with a goal in the second period.

After the loss made the series score 3-2 in the best of seven series, Ayr faces elimination next time out.

Kyle Mohr had two goals and one assist to lead New Hamburg. Mohr scored the first of his two goals on the power play at 46 seconds into the third period to make the score 6-4 New Hamburg. Kyle McDonald picked up the assist. Mohr's next tally on the power play made the score 7-5 New Hamburg with 43 seconds left in the third period. Jaden Goetz provided the assist.

The Firebirds pulled out the victory even though they were hit with 20 penalty minutes.

New Hamburg stifled the Centennials' power play, and did not give up a single goal while down a man. The Firebirds forced Ayr goalie Mitch Figueirdo to work between the pipes, taking 43 shots.

New Hamburg also got points from Sean Kienapple, who also finished with one goal and one assist, Randerson, who also racked up one goal and one assist, and Goetz, who also tallied one goal and two assists to lead the team in points. Others who scored for New Hamburg included Anthony Osterling and Taylor Wood, who scored one goal each. More assists for New Hamburg came via Quinten Haddock, who had one and Brandon Yantzi and Tyler Hoffman, who each chipped in two.

Team's forwards weren't the only contributers offensively, and the team's defensemen showcased their scoring touch with two goals.

The Centennials were helped by Logan Beechey, who registered one goal. Beechey scored 15:33 into the second period to make the score 4-4. Brendan Schaefer assisted on the tally. Ayr also had goals scored by Ben Poort, Austin Sine, Connor Voigt, and Eric Hackborn, who each put in one. In addition, Ayr received assists from Adam Fisher, Brett Gibson, and Jordan Pettitt, who contributed two a piece.

Eric Peicheff rejected 22 shots on goal for New Hamburg. The Firebirds registered two goals on two power play opportunities. Figueirdo recorded 36 saves for Ayr. The Centennials incurred 10 minutes in penalty time with five minors.