Ducks hot when they need to be

ANAHEIM — The Anaheim Ducks are making a move up the standings in recent games and that trend continued this week in NHL Hockey action.

Brantford’s Adam Henrique and Six Nations’ Brandon Montour combined with 1:29 remaining in regulation time to send the game to overtime. Montour had slipped in from his point position and fired a sharp angle blast that Henrique deflected in for his second goal of the night.

Ducks’ Hampus Lindholm scored at 1:21 of extra-time for the win.

So far in March, the Ducks have eight wins, three loses and one OT loss. Along the way Montour broke out of a mini-scoring slump, to account for three goals and three assists.

Montour now has nine goals and 21 assists for 30 points, a plateau for defensemen. Including his part season with the Ducks last year, Montour’s official NHL record is 101 games (as of Monday) 11- goals, 25-assists for 36-points.

Montour played for the Brantford Eagles of the GOJHL in 2010-11 and 12, following the franchise to Caledonia when it relocated to become the Caledonia Pro-Fit Corvairs for the 2012-13 season.

From there Montour played with the Waterloo Black Hawks of the USHL for two seasons. He was at UMass (Amherst) of the NCAA in the 2014-15 season. He played 14 games for the Norfolk Admirals of the AHL before joining the Ducks organization with their AHL affiliate, San Diego Gulls.

Hockey insiders predict that Montour’s initial contract salary package of $925,000 is expected to increase dramatically when he signs his new deal at the end of this season.

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