TRENTON, Ont. – The Powassan Voodoos (NOJHL) picked up the game-winning goal from Parker Bowman in the third period, while his team was shorthanded, to help lead his club to a 4-3 triumph over the Dryden GM Ice Dogs (SIJHL) Wednesday afternoon in Day 2 play at the Dudley-Hewitt Cup Central Canadian Jr. A Championship Wednesday afternoon in Trenton, Ont.
A great chance for Dryden captain Derek McPhail saw him denied with a strong stop by Powassan starter Nate McDonald on the first shift of the contest.
Forcing a turnover 11 minutes into the frame allowed Dryden to open the scoring as Chris Atanas spun and fired a high blast that went over McDonald’s glove from the right face-off circle.
Countering with a two-man advantage, the Voodoos drew level at 12:31 as Dayton Murray unleased a cannon from inside the left point that flew past GM Ice Dogs goaltender Patrick Zubick.
Catching Dryden on a costly line change allowed Powassan to take their lead during another power play as McDonald sent the puck up to an open Ryan Theriault who chipped it over to Andy Baker as they both went in all alone on a break where the NOJHL’s goal leader in the regular season made no mistake, neatly tucking his first of the DHC through the legs of Zubick at 1:44.
The SIJHL-winning GM Ice Dogs picked up the equalizer later in the frame as Kris Hamlin pinched in from the point and took a perfect feed from Eric Stout and snapped it low, glove side, to knot the affair at 2-2 at 14:16.
The back-and-forth affair saw Powassan regain the lead with Gabriel Rheault putting his side back on top as he was sent in alone and buried his opportunity.
However Dryden countered to knot the affair at 3-3 two minutes later with Eric Stout capitalizing on a man advantage opportunity.
But Bowman supplied the eventual difference on a shorthanded breakaway as his backhander found its way through Zubick to put the Voodoos back on top for good at 6:12.
Shots on goal in the contest favoured Dryden by a 38-35 count with McDonald posting the victory and Zubick suffered the loss.
Earning player of the game laurels went to Bowman and Stout.
With the result, Powassan improved to 1-1 while Dryden slipped to 1-1, with the Voodoos however picking three points with the win in regulation while Dryden has two as they won their game in overtime vs. the Georgetown Raiders (OJHL) Tuesday.
Georgetown takes on the host Trenton Golden Hawks (OJHL) in Wednesday’s second contest at 7:30 p.m.
All Dudley-Hewitt Cup contests will be streamed live online and on demand at HockeyTV.com while live scoring, news and statistics can be found at the DHC website at centralcanadianchampionship.com.
All games at Duncan McDonald Memorial Community Gardens
Trenton Golden Hawks (Host-OJHL)
Georgetown Raiders (OJHL)
Powassan Voodoos (NOJHL)
Dryden GM Ice Dogs (SIJHL)
All start times local
Tuesday, May 2
Dryden 5 Georgetown 4 (OT)
Trenton 5 Powassan 1
Wednesday, May 3
Powassan 4 Dryden 3
Trenton vs. Georgetown 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, May 4
Georgetown vs. Powassan 2:30 p.m.
Dryden vs. Trenton 7:30 p.m.
Friday, May 5
Semifinal: 3rd Round Robin vs. 2nd Round Robin 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, May 6
Final: Semifinal Winner vs. 1st Round Robin 7:30 p.m.