The Saugeen Shores Winterhawks held off the Durham Thundercats on Friday night to capture a 5-3 win in Game 2 of their W.O.A.A. Sr. AA quarterfinal series.
Durham jumped out early to a 1-0 lead on home ice, when Ben Davis scored just 19 seconds into the game, but the Winterhawks stormed back at 6:22, with Brendon Haefling tying things up, with assists to Michael Johnstone and Jay Thomson.
The 4th line struck again just minutes later as Johnstone converted from Thomson and Greg Thede to give the Winterhawks a 2-1 lead they would hold for the rest of the period.
The Winterhawks killed off a penalty early in the 2nd period and then extended their lead to 3-1 when Blake Underwood scored from Jeff MacDermid at 2:19 of the middle frame.
MacDermid would extend that lead to 4-1 at 12:24 of the 2nd, with assists to brother Brent MacDermid and Theo Peckham.
Durham would answer back to make it 4-2 at 15:02 and that’s where they stood after two periods of play.
The Thundercats picked up a couple of powerplays in the 3rd period and would eventually capitalize with the extra man to make it a one-goal game on a goal by Dean Nixon at 14:43.
James McHaig would add an empty netter to thwart the Durham comeback, making it a 5-3 final for Saugeen Shores.
The Winterhawks lead the best-of-seven series 2-0 and are back home for Game 3 tonight [Saturday] for a 7:30 p.m. start at The Plex, sponsored by Bruce Telecom.