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Welland Received Their First Loss This Season

“It was a great game. There were two penalties on each side, play went up and down and the fans were given a very entertaining hockey game,” Falcons head coach/general manager Frank Girhiny said.

Williams commented to Girhiny that it was a great hockey game.

“That’s what we need,” Girhiny said. “There’s no guys jumping guys and this is what GOJHL hockey is supposed to be like.”

The Falcons only led 1-0 after one period on a goal by Romaeo D’Intino despite out-shooting Welland 17-4.

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Overtime WIn

Last night Welland rebounded from a two-goal deficit to defeat the visiting Ancaster Avalanche 5-4 in overtime, and the Whalers defeated the Halton Ravens 5-3 in a matinee game in Burlington.

Brayden Crowder, with the game winner 2:13 into 4-on-4 overtime; Cameron Aitken, two goals; Nathan Ferris and Jack Fitzgerald scored for the Junior Canadians who improved to 5-0-0-1 in the Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League's Golden Horseshoe Conference.

Josh Pace, Owen Burnell, Ryan Cox and Ben Hughes, on the power play with 14 seconds remaining in regulation and with Stoney Creek's goalie the bench in favour of an extra attacker; replied for Ancaster, now 3-1-0-1 in league play.

The B's were outshot 43-32 and they were anything but special on special teams play. Welland finished last night's game 1-for-6 on the power play, while allowing the Avs two goals in three opportunities with a man advantage.


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Coach Osborne Gets Impressed

Welland Junior Canadians defenceman Nathan MacDuff came to his second training camp with the junior B hockey team game ready and determined to join the elite blue-liners in the Golden Horseshoe Conference.

He was focusing on improving his play on the defence-first team, and any thoughts of receiving a letter – either C for team captain or, more likely, A for alternate – far in the back of the 18-year-old Welland native’s mind.

The idea of MacDuff becoming the team’s on-ice leader, however, was a lightbulb that grew brighter and brighter for head coach Keith Osborne. The more the B’s bench boss saw the sophomore’s dedication at practice and coachability, the shorter the list of potential captains became.

Osborne, back for fifth season as Welland head coach, was impressed by MacDuff’s work ethic from the “get to.”

“He came to camp in shape, he was ready to work, and he works hard all the time,” the former NHLer said. “In practice, he does drills full out and the other players can’t help but see that.”

“He looks like he could make a good leader.”

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Main Camp Open Tryouts

The Welland Jr. Canadians Will Be Holding Their "Main Tryout Camp" On August 26th and 27th From 7:00 pm To 9:00 pm  at the Welland Main Arena, King St.

The Cost Of The Camp Is $75.00 and This Fee Must Be Paid Prior To The Player Taking Part In The On-Ice Sessions. Players Who Require A Permission To Skate From Their Local Hockey Organizations Must Present This Form Before They Will Be Allowed On The Ice Also. If You Have Any Questions Or Concerns In Regards To This Please Contact Us At  Welland Jr. Canadians. Cheques Are To Be Made Payable To The Welland Jr. Canadians.

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