BRANTFORD – Even though the Hamilton Steelhawks are still at the bottom of the Allan Cup Hockey standings, they are no longer alone in the basement after game results from this past weekend.
The Steelhawks very nearly shocked the Brantford Blast Friday night in Brantford taken the fourth-place holders to OT before winning 6-5 in a shootout. The regulation tie earned the Blast a point and Hamilton two to draw even with the Dundas Real McCoys who are having a disastrous season so far at five wins, 15 losses and one OT point for 16 points in 21 games.
The Thorold Athletics came up with the 3-2 shootout winner Friday night in Brantford while the Hamilton Steelhawks took the Blast to a 6-5 OT Blast win Saturday, giving the Blast a three-point weekend.
On Friday, after a 0-0 first period, the Athletics took a 2-0 lead with goals from Kenneth Bradford and Spencer Turcotte. The Blast regrouped and erased the A’s lead late in the third period. Joel Prpic and Branden Roberts made it a new game to be settled in OT. There was no scoring so the teams went to the shootout.
Brantford shooters Charlie Stephens and Dustin Alcock failed to get one by Colin Dunne in the As goal. Meanwhile, J.J. Martin and Chris Risi scored on Brett Legget.
The next night the last place Hamilton Steelhawks battled Brantford to a 5-5 regulation time tie which Derek Medeiros ended in Brantford’s favour, assisted by Joel Prpic at 3:58. Goalie Anthony Marshall recorded the win.
Heading into this week’s games, the Blast get another kick at the Steelhawks, Friday Feb. 17, at the Brantford and District Civic Centre before a Saturday night visit to Whitby to face the first place Dunlops.