Braeden Dorion had a debut to remember, while Derek Todosichuk was his usual self.
Both scored twice, to lead the Dorchester Dolphins over the Lucan Irish, 7-3, in Provincial Junior C Hockey League action, in Lucan on Saturday.
Todosichuk, a top 10 scorer in the league last season, also assisted on three goals, while Dorion picked up two helpers.
Dorion, an 18-year-old from Penetanguishene, opened the scoring and later picked up points on three consecutive Dolphin goals, during the defending Yeck Division (formerly named Southern Ontario League) champion’s season opener.
Jaden Glew, Curtis Hardwick and Nick Whitworth, completed the Dolphins goal scoring.
Michael Blue, often on a line with Dorion and Todosichuk, drew three assists.
Last season, Dorion had 12 goals and 12 assists in 33 games, for the Penatang Kings. In their playoffs, he was third in team scoring with six goals and seven assists in 16 games, helping the Kings advance to the Georgian Bay Mid Ontario (renamed Carruthers Division, Northern Conference, over the summer) league final.
Todosichuk, a former OHL draft pick by Niagara, had 66 points in 36 games last season with Dorchester, before averaging two points per game over 14 playoff games. The Dolphins feature a good mix of scoring from new and returning faces.
“Our discipline was excellent. We didn’t put ourselves in bad situations to penalty kill,” Dolphins’ captain Tyler Blue said. “All of the new players seem to be meshing well, in the room and on the ice. It’s still early so I’m excited to see how well we work together when our systems become second nature.”
The penalty killers silenced Lucan on four opportunities. The Dolphins’ power play only saw the ice for mere seconds, following four-on-four play. Dorchester out shot Lucan, 63-28. Riley Brown recorded the win between the pipes.
Marcil, Guay and Weatherhead replied for Lucan.
The Dolphins host the Port Stanley Sailors in their home opener, Friday, September 23 at 7:30 p.m. at the FlightExec Centre.
“We have such great fans, so if we can give them a win in our barn that would be an awesome way to start the year,” said Tyler Blue.
Dolphin supporters will again notice several local faces in the lineup, with eight players hailing from Dorchester: Glew, Hardwick, Michael Blue, Tyler Blue, Ryan Root, Dylan Buckholz, Brett Van Dusen and Tim Pieper.
Todosichuk hails from Nilestown, Zach Robertson, is a Belmont native and Brent Hammentt comes from Thamesford.