(WHEATLEY, ON) – The Wheatley Sharks dropped to 6-8-1 after a wild and woolly affair at home against the Lakeshore Canadiens last night. Time ran out on the Sharks comeback attempt leaving the Canadian with a 6-5 victory in front of 316 at Wheatley Arena.
The Sharks Antonio Ciampa opened the scoring, from Mitchell Prudence and Cole Butler, at just 3:39 of the 1st period, when he blasted a shot from the point which, somehow, found its way behind Canadiens goaltender Mitch Topliffe. After trading minor penalties, Wheatley extended their lead to 2-0 when Alixe Saliba set up Nick Tavolieri-Essex to the left of Topliffe. However, pressure from Lakeshore paid dividends when Mejoe Gasparovic put the Canadiens on the scoresheet with 2 minutes left in the period.
The 2nd place Canadiens made the most of the intermission to regroup and hit the ice with a vengeance for the 2nd frame. Jarrett Tazzman lit the lamp, beating Erik Morneau at 4:25 to tie the match. But, it was JJ Percy’s marker less than 2 minutes later that chased Morneau from the match. The Sharks keeper appeared to have suffered some injury when he collided earlier with his own player in the crease.
Daniel Tonietto replaced Morneau between the pipes and was greeted with a flurry of shots from Lakeshore, including strikes from Zander Shepherd, Colton Coates, and Kyle Gagnon, the latter two just 13 seconds apart.
The two clubs retired for the 2nd intermission with Lakeshore leading 6-2 after the 5-goal outburst. However, the 3rd period belonged to Wheatley.
The final frame was half over before Ryan Markett buried a pass from Evan Mastronardi. Taking advantage of Lakeshore’s defensive lapse, Prudence was the final link on a passing play featuring Delaney MacDonald and Matt Taylor, just 21 seconds later.
The Sharks received a shot of hope when Tavolieri-Essex registered his second of the night to draw Wheatley within one of the Canadiens. Despite pulling Tonietto in favour of an extra attacker in the dying moments, the clock would tick down on the Sharks efforts.
Tonietto took the loss in goal, facing 14 shots in relief of Morneau. Topliffe kicked out 23 of 28 for Lakeshore.
The sharks find themselves with 13 points after 15 games and are 3 behind Mooretown (7-8-2) in 6th place. The two will meet in Mooretown on November 12 with the puck dropping at 7:30. Wheatley is back at home on the 14th when they host the division-leading Blenheim Blades at 7:00pm.