Loss in Seaforth, News (Saugeen Shores Winterhawks)

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Oct 29, 2023 | Winterhawks News | 247 views
Loss in Seaforth
A battle of special teams came out in favour of the Seaforth Centenaires on Saturday night in Seaforth.

The Winterhawks went 1-for-6 on the power play, while Seaforth connected twice, along with a shorthanded goal to take a 5-2 victory over the visiting Winterhawks.

Seaforth came out quickly on a Winterhawks defence that was missing several regulars, but starting goalie Clayton Fritsch was equal to the task and held the Centenaires off the board.

Mike Fiegehen opened the scoring seven minutes into the game, with James McHaig picking up the assist.

Penalty trouble smacked the Winterhawks in the face early in the second period. After killing off the remainder of a penalty to open the middle frame, the Winterhawks were whistled for three minor penalties in a span of two-and-a-half minutes.

They managed to kill off the first two penalties, but the third one was too much, and Seaforth evened the score at 6:57 of the second.

Seaforth was called for roughing two minutes later and Justin Donnelly made them pay, scoring from Logan Freiburger to restore the Winterhawks one-goal lead.

Another Seaforth penalty came with seven minutes left in the period. The Winterhawks power play couldn't connect, and the Centenaires struck exactly as the penalty expired to even the score at 2-2.

Fritsch was called for delay of game 30 seconds later and the Seaforth power play took a lead they would not surrender at 16:30 of the second period.

All told, seven minor penalties were called in the second period.

The Winterhawks couldn't capitalize on a pair of early third period power plays, and Seaforth eventually notched the insurance marker with five minutes remaining in regulation.

An empty net goal in the final minute made it a 5-2 final for Seaforth.

Fritsch made 26 saves in the loss, while the Winterhawks put 30 shots on the Seaforth net.

The Winterhawks now sit with a record of 3-2-0 and will be on the road again next weekend, visiting the Minto 81's in Palmerston on Saturday night, November 4th.

Game time is 7:30 p.m.