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Dolphins kick off season with

two wins

photo by Rob J. Ross
Dorchester Dolphin Brent House (14) backhands the puck towards Mt. Brydges' goalie Morgan Reed.

by Rob J. Ross

     The Dorchester Dolphins have continued where they left off from last season. During the 2016/17 Provincial Junior Hockey League (PJHL) Yeck Division regular season, the Dolphins went undefeated, 39-0-1.
     This trend has carried into the new campaign, with a 9-0 silencing of the Mt. Brydges Bulldogs in the Dolphins’ home opener on Friday, September 15, followed by a 5-4 win at Port Stanley a day later.
     “We played well. We had a lot of chances. We had all four lines going,” Dolphins’ head coach Tim Flynn said, following the homer opener. “Our back-end, not only did they play well defensively, they chipped in offensively.”
     Defenceman James Newland scored the Dolphins’ first two goals, while Nick Whitworth made it 4-0 with an unassisted short-handed marker.
     The Dolphins led 1-0 after one period despite 21 shots on net. Over the next two periods, the Dolphins just had 21 shots total, but exploded for eight goals on Bulldogs’ goalie Morgan Reed.
     “We figured out where to beat him and started going there after the first,” Flynn said. “We made a few adjustments and that really helped, switch the fore-check up a bit and we got more pressure on them.”
     Both Lucas Wilson and Dylan Buckholtz scored twice, while Mike Tuffin and Brent House, had singles.
     Braedon Dorion, on a line with Buckholtz and House, drew four assists. The line combined for 10 points.
     “We had a slow start today, but we just had to find the net and that came in the second and third periods,” said Buckholtz, who also picked up two assists. “We weren’t getting much traffic in front of the net in the first period.”
     Riley Brown made 27 saves in the Dolphins’ net, for his fifth career PJHL regular season shutout.
     “We have a few things to work on, but it’s coming along. The kids are buying into the system,” said Flynn.
     At Port Stanley, the Dolphins led 2-1, after one period and 4-2 after 40 minutes. The Sailors made it interesting, scoring with 43 seconds remaining in the third period.
     Dorion with two goals, Tuffin, House and Ryan Root, with the game winner, scored for the Dolphins.
     Derek Smith, Brayden Latimer, Dawson Cook and Austin Muscutt replied for Port.
     “They’re (Port) a good team. They played a hard game on us,” Dolphins’ forward Lucas Wilson said. “It was about playing our system, listening to the game plan we were given and tightening up defensively.”
     Buckholtz was part of last year’s amazing record, but understands this is a different team in a new season. Still, the goal is “to finish first and carry that success into the playoffs.”
     Buckholz and Dorion, each with two goals and four assists after two games, lead the Yeck Division in scoring. Wilson and Root both have two goals and three assists.

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