from Josh Howald, www.walkertoncapitals.com
Playoff split for Caps
Walkerton spent the weekend on the road, and came home with a win and a loss in WOAA Senior B round robin playoff action.
The Capitals doubled up Drayton 6-3 Friday, but dropped a close 5-4 decision to the Clinton Radars Saturday night.
Friday night in Drayton, Brandon Fraser was in every Capital goal as Walkerton cruised to a 6-3 win. The Capitals scored twice in the final 25 seconds of the first period to take a 3-1 lead to the intermission and seize control of the game.
Fraser had four helpers and scored two goals of his own. Jeff Barfoot, Brady Houston, Kyle Roulston and Vince Wand each scored one. Wand added an assist, as did Mike Huber and Dave McIntosh.
Joe Gerbe, Kevin Gingerich and John Thiel scored for Drayton, who has a home-and-home set with Clinton lined up for next weekend.
Adam Clark posted the win in goal, while Liam Johnston is tagged with the loss.
The following night, Clinton’s Taylor Leblanc scored with 2:12 remaining in the game to lift his Radars to a 5-4 win. This back-and-forth affair was tied 2-2 after the first and 4-4 after the second.
Fraser continued to wield the hot stick for the Capitals, scoring twice more in this contest. He finished with eight points in two weekend games. Andy Cline had a goal and two assists, while Houston added one goal and one helper. Single assists went to McIntosh, Brent Buckton, Josh Howald and Brady Houston.
Prior to Leblanc’s winner, Tyler Elligsen scored twice for Clinton and single goals went to Ben Ische and Luke Vick. Vick, the WOAA’s regular season scoring champion, added two assists, as did Randy Kilburn.
Layne Lavis got the win in goal for the Radars, while Jason Hamilton gets credit for the loss.
Walkerton is now 1-1-0-1 in the round robin, while Clinton sports a 1-0 record and Drayton is 0-2. The top two teams will face off in a best-of-seven series for the B championship. Walkerton’s final round robin game will be a rematch with the Radars Saturday, Feb.22 in Walkerton. Game time is 6:30 p.m. at the Walkerton Community Centre.