Friday, September 28, 2012

Slammers sink Shipbuilders

Slammers d-man Zach Shannon scored two goals for his team
in Wednesday night's game against the Metro Shipbuilders.

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DARTMOUTH- The Woodstock Slammers earned their second victory in four games on the road last night.

The Slammers sunk the Metro Shipbuilders 7-3 in a road contest at the Dartmouth Sportsplex on Wednesday, September 26th.

Slammers head coach Jason Tatarnic took pride in the fact that his squad was able to get a good start to the contest.

"We had a great start to the game with early pressure, which allowed us to capitalize on a few chances," Tatarnic stated in an online press release. "It was a good road win."

Slammers defenseman Zach Shannon led his team with two goals and one assist for a total of three points in the game on Wednesday night. Jake Wright had one goal and one assist for a total of two points.

Shannon opened the scoring in the contest at 5:42 in the opening frame. Ben MacSwain gave the Slammers a 2-0 lead at 9:36, with Zach Whitlock scoring at 14:47 to end the first period with a 3-0 lead.

Wright scored just over six minutes into the second period, increasing Woodstock's lead to 4-0.

Bradley MacDonald was sent to the penalty box for hooking nearly twelve minutes into the middle frame, leaving the Slammers short a man, while putting Metro on a man advantage. Brett MacLean scored a shorthanded goal only 24 seconds after the penalty was called.

In the third period, the Shipbuilders wasted no time leaving their mark on the board. Darcy Burley beat Slammers netminder Sam Renault on a shot 53 seconds into the closing period, reducing the deficit to four.

Chris Riguse scored on a power play at 7:20, reducing the difference to three goals.

Only 21 seconds later, EJ Faust restored Woodstock's four-goal lead.

Anthony Cardinal netted one more goal for the Shipbuilders at 9:15 in the third. But it wasn't enough to complete the ship.

Shannon scored an unassisted powerplay goal at 12:22 to round out the scoring and seal Metro's fate.

Woodstock scored on one of four man advantage situations, and Metro also went one for four on the power play.

In the first game he played this season, Slammers goaltender
Sam Renault stopped 19 of 22 shots faced against the Metro
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Slammers netminder Sam Renault refused 19 of 22 shots in his first game in net of the 2012-13 campaign, while Shipbuilders goaltender Jeff Arkin said no to 34 of 41 shots he faced.

DeFulviis suspended for two games

The Slammers will be missing an assistant captain in tonight's home game against the Yarmouth Mariners.

Slammers assistant captain Robbie DeFulviis was recently suspended for two games due to an incident which occurred at the closing of last Friday night's game against the Truro Bearcats.

 The Slammers fell 3-2 to the Bearcats in overtime. 

DeFulviis butt-ended a member of the Bearcats squad at the end of the home game last Friday night. Butt-ending is an offense which results in a match penalty. 

Slammers make deal with Pictou 

The Slammers acquired d-man Kyle Kavanaugh this week in a deal with the Weeks Crushers. 

Woodstock also earned future considerations from the Pictou squad in exchange for the Slammers' fourth round 2013 MHL draft pick and future considerations. 

Slammers head coach Jason Tatarnic was pleased with the deal. 

"We're very happy that we were able to acquire Kyle," Tatarnic stated in an online press release. "He has great mobility and good puck skills." 

"We feel that we have added a strong piece to the puzzle on our back end. Kyle played [against the Metro Shipbuilders] and performed very well." 

The Woodstock Slammers will be back in action tonight, facing the 2012 Kent Cup finalists. 

The Slammers will play the Yarmouth Mariners at 7:30 pm at the Carleton Civic Centre. 

Woodstock defeated the Mariners 4-3 in triple overtime on April 20, 2012, claiming the 2012 Kent Cup. 

Yarmouth is ranked third in the national CJHL rankings. 

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