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2014-15 PLAYOFFS

 UPCOMING HOME GAMES

Golden Horsehoe Conference  Playoffs

Thursday, February 26th vs. Niagara Falls at 7:30 pm

Saturday, February 28th vs. Niagara Falls at 7:30 pm

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Ancaster sweeps Niagara in 4

ANCASTER (March 3)—It’s over.  The Ancaster Avalanche swept the Niagara Falls Canucks in four games tonight in the best-of-seven Golden Horseshoe Conference Junior B playoff series with a 6-4 decision over the Canucks in the Niagara Falls Gale Centre.

Avalanche scoring leader Ben Hughes led the attack with a goal and two assists, with Mike Faliero scoring twice.  Max Balinson, Cole Nagy, and Blake Luscombe had the other Ancaster goals.  Ryan Cox set up two scoring plays.

The Avs now awaits the conclusion of other playoff series in order to determine their next round of playoffs opponents.

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Ancaster gets set to sweep series

ANCASTER (March 2)—Ancaster Avalanche made it three in a row last Saturday night with two of the three games going into overtime with the Niagara Falls Canucks in their best-of-seven Golden Horseshoe Conference Junior B series.

Last Thursday, the Avs edged the Canucks 6-5 in overtime in the Morgan Firestone Arena before taking them 4-3 in regulation time at Niagara Falls. Saturday night, they won again in overtime 4-3 in the Firestone.  Winning and overtime appears to be going hand-in-hand for the Avs in the friendly confines of the Firestone Arena.

 Ben Hughes led the Ancaster attack with three goals and assist, while Chris Klack added a goal—the game-winner—and two assists last Thursday.  Owen Burnell and Ryan Cox chipped in with a goal and an assist each.  Adam Burnett set up three of the Avalanche scoring plays.

Friday night, Max Balinson scored twice for Ancaster with Luke Zupan and Hughes adding single goals.  Burnett picked up two more assists on the night Ancaster.

Saturday, Mike Faliero scored the game winner with Cox and Burnell assisting at 1:54 of the first overtime period.  Zupan, Lucas Pozzobon and Hughes added a goal each for Ancaster. 

Game four in the series will be played at Niagara Falls on Tuesday March 3 with game five, if necessary, back at Ancaster on Thursday March 5.  The final two games, if necessary, will be played on Friday March 6 at Niagara Falls and at Ancaster on Saturday, March 7.

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March 5 at 7:30 p.m. vs. Niagara Falls (if necessary)

March 7 at 7:30 p.m. vs. Niagara Falls (if necessary)

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Ancaster makes it 3 in a row

ANCASTER (February 28)—Ancaster Avalanche made it three in a row last night as they downed the Niagara Falls Canucks 4-3 in overtime in game three of their best-of-seven Golden Horseshoe Conference Junior B series in the Morgan Firestone Arena.

Game four in the series will be played at Niagara Falls on Tuesday March 3 with game five, if necessary, back at Ancaster on Thursday March 5.  The final two games, if necessary, will be played on Friday March 6 at Niagara Falls and at Ancaster on Saturday, March 7.

Mike Faliero scored the game winner with Ryan Cox and Owen Burnell assisting at 1:54 of the first overtime period.  Luke Zupan, Lucas Pozzobon and Ben Hughes added a goal each for Ancaster.

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March 5 at 7:30 p.m. vs. Niagara Falls (if necessary)

March 7 at 7:30 p.m. vs. Niagara Falls (if necessary)

 

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Ancaster looks to take command

A NCASTER (February 28)—Ancaster Avalanche look to take a stranglehold in their best-

of-seven Golden Horseshoe Conference Junior B playoff with the Niagara Falls Canucks tonight in the Morgan Firestone Arena.

Ancaster leads the series 2-0 in games after back-to-back wins at home (Thursday) 6-5 in overtime and last night 4-3 at Niagara Falls.  Thursday night, Ben Hughes led the way with three goals and assist, while Chris Klack added a goal—the game-winner—and two assists.  Owen Burnell and Ryan Cox chipped in with a goal and an assist each.  Adam Burnett set up three of the Avalanche scoring plays.

Tonight’s action gets underway at 7:30 p.m. in the Firestone Arena with game four at Niagara Falls on Tuesday March 3.  Game five, if necessary will be at Ancaster on Thursday March 5.  The final two games if necessary will be played on Friday March 6 at Niagara Falls and at Ancaster on Saturday, March 7.

Last night, Max Balinson scored twice for Ancaster with Luke Zupan and Hughes adding single goals.  Burnett assisted on two of Ancaster’s scoring plays.

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February 26 at 7:30 vs. Niagara Falls

February 28 at 7:30 vs. Niagara Falls

March 5 at 7:30 p.m. vs. Niagara Falls (if necessary)

March 7 at 7:30 p.m. vs. Niagara Falls (if necessary)

 

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Avalanche Does Its Part to Help

ANCASTER--Luke Zupan, Max Balinson, Ryan Cox and Michael Faliero laid down their hockey sticks for a few hours last Saturday to give back to the community they play hockey for to assist with the 23rd Ancaster Community Food Drive.

The four members of the Ancaster Avalanche Junior B Hockey Club worked alongside other community volunteers for more than two hours packing and sorting foodstuffs as they arrived in the warehouse.  Scott Merwin and Assistant Generals Manager Kelly Barber also represented the Avs.  Barber was named one of the Golden Horseshoe Conference’s Volunteer of the Year on Monday night at St. Catharines.

The ACFD has raised 1,278,000 pounds of food in the past 22 years since being initiated by the Ancaster Ministerial Association and with support citizens, businesses, schools and community agencies.

All the donations are delivered to Hamilton’s major food agencies such as Neighbour to Neighbour; The Salvation Army; Greater Hamilton Food Share; St. Matthew’s House;

Mission Services of Hamilton; Wesley Urban Ministries; Good Shepherd Centre and the Ancaster Community Services. 

The Drive based in St. John’s Anglican Church, Parish Hall, 37 on Halson Street in Ancaster was conducted on February 14, 20, 21 and 23, 2015.  The ACFD collected 75,000 pounds of food in 2014.   2015 totals have not been announced. 

"People always say how a community is there for a team, but we want our community to know our team is there for them."

Ancaster wins three GHC awards

ST. CATHARINES (February 23)--Ancaster Avalanche goalkeeper Blake Richard had a standout season compiling a 21 win, eight loss, and two overtime/shootout loss record in 2014-15 to earn the Russell Masterson Memorial Trophy as the League’s Most Valuable Player at the Golden Horseshoe Conference Banquet and Awards Night Monday night in Club Roma at St. Catharines.

Richard, the former Ontario Hockey League Niagara IceDogs goaltender finished the regular season with a 2.22 goals-against average, and .933 save percentage.   He also had four shutouts. The 21-year-old Stoney Creek native opened his final season of Junior eligibility with the IceDogs before joining Ancaster.

Richard’s Ancaster teammate Lucas Triemstra was the recipient of the Corporal Tyler Crooks Award as the Player of the Year and the Dave Dunham Trophy for Most Valuable Defenceman in 2014-15.  Triemstra, 21, also a Stoney Creek native scored three goals and 19 assists for 22 points in 49 games, somewhat remarkable considering that he commutes to classes in the University of Western Ontario at London.

Tyler Morrison of the St. Catharines Falcons was awarded the Cecil Jones Memorial Trophy as Most Gentlemanly Player with 28 goals, 81 points, and 12 minutes in penalties.  Tyler also earned the Pat Murphy Memorial Trophy as GHC scoring champion. 

Kevin Entmaa and Marc Sinclair the Caledonia Pro-Fit Corvairs goaltending duo earned the Tony Bloomfield Trophy for the best goals against average during the regular season.

Jake Brown of the Corvairs was named the JP Thomas Memorial Trophy recipient as the Most Improved Player. Brown, an 18-year-old Ancaster native had 26 goals and 41 assists for 67 points.

The Brent Rubel Trophy for Rookie of the Year went to Anthony Sorrentino of the Pelham Pirates. He scored 33 goals and had 69 points for the Pirates.

Mike Bullard of the Corvairs was named Coach of the Year as he guided the defending Sutherland Cup champions to the best record in the Ontario Hockey Association, 44-3-2.

Austin Wright of the Niagara Falls Canucks was named the Rob Judge Memorial Trophy winner for most goals in the regular season with 36.

The Corvairs also won the Golden Horseshoe Trophy as regular season champions.

The League also honoured the Volunteers of the Year for each team: Kelly Barber, Ancaster; Larry Devuyst, Caledonia; Amy McCombs, Fort Erie; Michel Dompierre, Niagara Falls Canucks; Erwin Vargas, Pelham Panthers; Barry Murphy, St. Catharines Falcons; Jean Raymond, Thorold Blackhawks and Linda Nault, Welland Junior Canadians.

Ancaster to open against the Falls

ANCASTER (February 23)—Ancaster Avalanche open its best of seven Golden Horseshoe Junior B Conference playoff series with the fifth place Niagara Falls Canucks Thursday night at 7:30 p.m. in the Morgan Firestone Arena.

By finishing in fourth place in the standings with 29 wins, 16 losses and four overtime/shootout losses for 62 points in 49 games, the Avs earned the extra game in the playoff if needed.

The opening game is Thursday night (February 26) in the Firestone Arena with game two in the Niagara Falls Gale Centre the following night.  Game three is Saturday (February 28) in Ancaster at 7:30 p.m.   Game four will be back in Niagara Falls on Tuesday March 3, with game five, if necessary in Ancaster on Thursday March 5.  The final two games if necessary will be played on Friday March 6 at Niagara Falls and in Ancaster on Saturday, March 7.

Last Saturday, three goals by Ben Hughes and shutout goaltending by Blake Richard carried the Avalanche to an easy 6-0 victory over the Thorold Blackhawks at Ancaster.  The shutout by Richard was his fourth shutout of the season.

The previous night, Ancaster won its third consecutive game as they shutout the Blackhawks

7-0 at Thorold.

Saturday night, in addition to Hughes, Max Balinson, Brennan McLennan, and Luke Zupan scored once each. Ryan Knill and Chris Klack set up three goals each.  Balinson added two assists.  Last Friday, Klack led the attack with two goals and an assist.  Alex Zaccaria and Hughes added a goal and two assists each.  Balinson, Lucas Pozzobon and Owen Burnell completed the scoring with a goal and an assist each. 

Home Game Pricing

February 26 at 7:30 vs. Niagara Falls

February 28 at 7:30 vs. Niagara Falls

March 5 at 7:30 p.m. vs. Niagara Falls (if necessary)

March 7 at 7:30 p.m. vs. Niagara Falls (if necessary)

 

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Ancaster ends season 4-0 in games

ANCASTER (February 21) —Three goals by Ben Hughes and shutout goaltending by Blake Richard carried the Ancaster Avalanche to a 6-0 victory over the Thorold Blackhawks tonight in Golden Horseshoe conference Junior B hockey action in the Morgan Firestone Arena.

It was fourth consecutive win by the Avs and the fourth shutout of the season for Richard as Ancaster finished the season in fourth place with 29 wins, 16 losses and four overtime/shootout losses for 62 points in 49 games.

In addition to Hughes, Max Balinson, Brennan McLennan, and Luke Zupan scored once each. 0

Ryan Knill and Chris Klack set up three goals each.  Balinson added two assists.

Playoff dates will be announced after weekend.




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