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9Winterhawks’ Bryan Kazarian challenges Lucknow’s Chris Clark during a face-off in the Lancers end. Hub photo

The Saugeen Shores Winterhawks punched their ticket to the second season with a dominating win over the Lucknow Lancers on Friday night.

The Winterhawks clinched a spot in the “AA” playoffs with an 8-3 win over the visiting Lancers, paced by the line of Lauchlin Elder, Miles MacLean and Brent MacDermid, who had four points each.

The Winterhawks came out a bit sluggish, as Head Coach Jim Grieve suggests they perhaps overlooked their 12th-place opponent.

“It took us a little while to get going, but we overcame the adversity as a group and that’s a good sign,” said Grieve.

Lucknow got on the board first, as Ean Moffat made a two-on-one play to get the puck to Cole MacPherson, who deked around Winterhawks netminder Matt Tutin to make it 1-0 Lancers at 8:19.

The Winterhawks struck back on the power play at 11:18, as Elder converted a nice passing play with a one-timer tap-in, with assist to MacLean and Jacob Brown.

The Lancers got it back near the end of the period, as Lucknow captain Chase Chapman led an end-to-end rush, capped off with a feed to Cole Pellett, who beat a helpless Tutin to make it 2-1 Lancers after one.

Nick Quaid evened the score again at 5:02 of the 2nd, when he got alone in the slot and ripped a wrist shot past Lucknow netminder Nathan Watson, with assists to Bryan Kazarian and Andy Fracz.

The pesky Lancers took the lead back just over a minute later when Moffat scooped up a rebound near Tutin and was able to get enough on a shot as he was falling to the ice to get the puck to just barely slide over the line to make it 3-2 Lucknow.

The Winterhawks picked up a power play and Chris King was able to convert after picking up a rebound for his first goal of the year, assisted by Brown and Elder, making it a 3-3 tie.

Justin Ainslie, known more for his physical play, scored his first career goal as a Winterhawk with nine-seconds left in the period to give the Winterhawks a 4-3 lead, one they would not relinquish.

The Winterhawks came out flying in the 3rd period, putting the game away with an exclamation mark.

MacDermid made it 5-3 just 52-seconds into the period, Elder converted in the slot at 4:26, followed by MacDermid again 30-seconds later to make it a 7-3 game for the home side.

MacLean would cap off the scoring, with assists to MacDermid and Brown to make it an 8-3 final.

Tutin didn’t have a busy night in the net, but he made 16 saves for the win, while the Winterhawks directed 52 shots toward Watson, who held his team in the game for most of the night.

Elder was named The Wismer House Player of the Game for his two goal, two assist effort.

Another win followed in Shallow Lake Saturday night, January 20, with a score of 8-2, moving the Winterhawks to 6th place in the WOAA Sr. Hockey League standings, one point back of the 5th place Shelburne Muskies, and one point ahead of the Milverton Four Wheel Drives, setting the stage for a showdown Saturday, January 27 when Milverton comes to town for a 7:30 p.m. start.

with files from winterhawks.net

goalieWinterhawks goalie Matt Tutin scoops the puck after a Lancer shot on net. Hub photo

15Winterhawks defenceman Mike Smailes gets to the puck as the Lancers pull back. Hub photo

19 shotWinterhawks’ Nick Quaid takes a shot on Lucknow Lancer goalie Ben Dorscht. Hub photo

37Lauchlin Elder with a breakaway. Hub photo

19Lancer’s Tanner Smith had Winterhawks’ Nick Quaid on his tail. Hub photo

Allegro Youth ChorusThe Saugeen Shores Allegro Youth Chorus sang the national anthem ahead of the Winterhawk’s game against the Lucknow Lancers at the Plex January 19. Hub photo

Editor's Note: The original article listed Saturday's game against Milverton as January 28th. It has been updated. 

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