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McConnell's big game bests Port Dover in 9-1 Dundas win

Niagara Jr. C Head Office    Thu, Jan 29, 2015

Cam McConnell had one goal and four assists to lead the Dundas Blues to a 9-1 victory over the Port Dover Sailors.

McConnell scored 19:44 into the first period to make the score 2-0 Dundas. Luke Laurin assisted on the tally. McConnell dished an assist on Jake Bain's goal that made the score 1-0 Dundas at 7:40 into the first period. He then added assists on Laurin's goal at 17:27 into the second, on Connor King's goal at 4:34 into the third, and on Laurin's goal at 8:20 into the third.

Dundas was led by goalie Dan Davies, who finished with 35 saves while allowing one goal. The solid play of Davies will be reflected in his goals against average, which pre-game was 2.51.

The Blues forced Sailors' netminders to work all game long, launching 59 shots and forcing 50 saves. Justin McSpadden made 24 stops and Mike Caluori made 26. Dundas excelled on the penalty kill, not giving up a single goal in 10 chances. The Blues found the back of the net more times than it usually has this season. Dundas has scored at the pace of 4.6 goals per game during the current campaign. Team's forwards weren't the only contributers offensively, and the team's defensemen showcased their scoring touch with two goals. The Blues' penalty killing units received substantial work throughout the game as Dundas finished with 36 penalty minutes.

Dundas also got points from Bain, who also registered one goal and two assists, King, who also racked up one goal and three assists, Laurin, who also registered two goals and two assists, and Alex Aquin, who also grabbed one goal and one assist. Dundas also had goals scored by Nick McMullen, Ray Thompson, and Matt Johnson, who scored one goal each. In addition, Dundas received assists from Kevin Jaczenko, who had two and Mitch Moriarity, Ryan Waterhouse, and Braxton Andrews, who each chipped in one.

Port Dover stifled the Blues' power play, and did not give up a single goal while down a man. The Sailors' offense operated below their season average. Port Dover averages 3.3 goals per game. The Sailors' offense rang up 36 shots on Dundas' net. Port Dover struggled to stay out of the sin bin throughout the game as it finished the game with 26 penalty minutes for four opposing power plays.