Jr. B Brantford 99’ers struggle into playoffs

BRANTFORD — The Brantford 99’ers and the Kitchener Dutchmen couldn’t’t get the job done Thursday night at the Gretzky Main rink and conceded a 3-3 tie game after two unfruitful OT periods. The battle began at 2:34 of the first period with Jeb Paulsen scoring for the Dutchmen followed by Sean Kawalec to give Kitchener a 2-0 lead.

Christian Polillo and Hunter Dubecki made the Dutchies pay for two of four minor penalties they were assessed in the first 20 minutes to tie the game at 2-2.

There was no scoring in the second but in the third, Sam Shaw gave Kitchener a 3-2 lead  which Polillo answered two minutes later and it was a tie game again, at 4-4, where it remained for the rest of regulation time. Goalies Matthew Chan for Kitchener and Mat Woroniuk for Brantford held solid the rest of the way and the game was declared a the after two OT periods.

Friday, the Startford Warriors defeated the 99’ers 6-2 at the Allman Arena in the festival city. It took almost the entire first period before Brantford’s Christian Polillo scored twice in last two minutes of the period to try and build on. They could not find another goal as the Warriors added one in the second and one in the third for the 6-2 win.

Brantford is back in action Thursday night at 7:30 the Gretzky Arena facing the Guelph Hurricanes who are three points behind the 99’ers. On Friday, they meet up with Stratford again in Stratford. Sunday, Feb 18th, the 99’ers will be in Kitchener for Game 6.

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