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Ayr completes comeback, beats New Hamburg, 5-4

North Dumfries    Thu, Mar 17, 2016

The Ayr Centennials climbed out of a two-goal hole to beat the New Hamburg Firebirds, 5-4.

Ayr let multiple leads slip away before eventually digging out of a two hole to pick up the win. The Centennials took a 1-0 advantage on a power play goal by Connor MacLean at 2:34 in the second period. Ayr found itself down 4-2 after New Hamburg's Colin Martin put the puck home short handed at 8:26 in the third period. After tying things up at 4-4 on a goal by Mitch Klie at 15:38 in the third, the Centennials got the game-winner from Zachary Masterson at 18:46 in the third period.

The win by Ayr clinched the best of seven series at 4-1.

The Centennials' penalty kill excelled, as Ayr gave up zero goals despite allowing seven power plays.

The Centennials stifled the Firebirds' power play, and did not give up a single goal while down a man. Ayr's offense rang up 45 shots on New Hamburg's net.

Ayr additionally got points from Klie, who also registered one goal and two assists to lead the team in points and MacLean, who also grabbed one goal and one assist. Others who scored for Ayr included Tyler Harrison and Quinn Diamond, who scored one goal each. In addition, Ayr received assists from Mackenzie Kemp, Riley Clipper, Cash Seraphim, Jordan Pettitt, and Cole Cummings, who each chipped in one.

The Firebirds forced the Centennials goalie Jackson Swindells to work between the pipes, taking 37 shots.

New Hamburg also got points from Tyler Randerson, who also finished with one goal and one assist and Adam Zehr, who also had one goal and one assist to lead the team in points. More assists for New Hamburg came via Peter Brindley, Curtis Smith, and Brandon Quan, who contributed one each.

Jackson Swindells made 33 saves for Ayr on 37 shots. The Centennials incurred 16 minutes in penalty time with eight minors. Ayr ran into serious disciplinary problems during the contest, and Carver Ormiston was ejected from the game. New Hamburg's Ryan Purcell stopped 40 shots out of the 45 that he faced. The Firebirds incurred 16 minutes in penalty time with eight minors.