Sunday, March 25, 2018
Hats for Hughes in Huge Win for Siskins
Stayner grabs a commanding 3-0 lead on Mount Forest in North Conference Final.
The Stayner Siskins are soaring in the PJHL North Conference Final.
Ben Hughes (3 goals, 1 assist) had a hat trick as the Siskins downed the Mount Forest Patriots 5-3 Sunday afternoon and now have a commanding 3-0 series lead.
Goals from Hughes and Ty Kulba got Stayner out to a 2-0 first period lead.
The Patriots took advantage of some Siskins penalties and Brendan Aitken scored on a power play and trailed 2-1.
But Kulba (2 goals, 1 assist) and Hughes later scored consecutive goals to put Stayner out in front 4-1.
Mount Forest was down 4-2 in the third when Klayton Hoelscher (1 goal, 1 assist) snagged an errant pass in front of the Siskins net and appeared to have scored.
It was initially called off but after a discussion by the on-ice officials, it was ruled a goal and the Patriots were within one.
Kevin Boyd collected 2 assists while Marcus Semiao stopped 30 shots in the victory.
Blair Butchart (1 goal, 1 assist) had the other Patriots goal while David Lobsinger made 32 saves in the loss.
Power plays saw Stayner go 2-for-5, Mount Forest were 1-for-9 and gave up a shorthanded goal.
The Siskins can complete the sweep with a win in Game Four Tuesday night in Mount Forest.
Click on audio to hear Ken Hashizume's post-game podcast with Siskins forward Ben Hughes.