PORT DOVER – The Hagersville Hawks moved into a tie with the Niagara Riverhawks for fifth place in the Ontario Jr. “C” race after closing out 2014 with a 4-3 win over the Port Dover Sailors Sunday afternoon in Port Dover.
It was an exciting game with neither team able to sustain an advantage.
The Sailors struck first at 17:21 with Michael Almas connecting on a Branden Roberts set up, but the lead did not last long. At 18:38, Cole Martin evened the score at 1-1 from Brayden Hill.
Almas opened the second period, as well, with his second of the game scored at 6:36 from Roberts.
Hagersville’s Jacob Soloman pulled the Hawks even again at 13:31, assisted by John Monture and Dan Pugliese, but the Sailors were not finished yet as Michael Boateng gave Port Dover the lead for a third time, with Josh Miedema and Eric Mueller assisting.
Derek Friesen tied it at 3-3 at 15:58 from Matt Rimac and Mitch Green and Nick Sherwood gave the Hawks the lead for the first time at 18:36 of the second frame.
Both goaltenders, Mike Caluori for Dover and Lucaciu Horia for Hagersville stood tall in the third, allowing no further scoring as the Hawks hung on to the one goal lead for the win.
The New Year begins on the road for the Hawks, as they fly into Grimsby to face the Peach Kings Friday, Jan. 2nd, before returning home to take on the Simcoe Storm Saturday, Jan 3rd at 7:30 p.m.