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Norwich Merchants on a roll
By: Colin Percy
It took the Norwich Merchants 15 games to pick up their third win of the season. The team has now picked up three wins in three games after a pair of wins this past weekend.
On Friday night, the Merchants hosted the Burford Bulldogs holding a two-point advantage on the Brant County squad heading into the game. It didn't start well for Norwich as the Bulldogs scored 59 seconds into the game. The Merchants would equalize 3:07 later when Derek Slaght dangled his way past Burford's goalie Michael Black. Riley Monture would put Norwich ahead mid-way through the second period, but Burford would capitalize on a Norwich penalty to knot things up at two following the second period.
Burford would take a 3-2 lead 1:26 into the third, but Norwich would answer back when rookie Matt Caskanette saw his shot from the point slide into the back of the net for his first career junior goal at the 10 minute mark of the third. The teams would trade chances through the final half of the period, but it was Norwich native Ryan Dayman who would fire home the clincher with 5:13 remaining. A late Burford penalty would put a dent in the Bulldogs' chances to comeback as Norwich held on for a 5-3 win after Zack Morrison slotted in an empty netter with four seconds left in the game. Ray Munro, Jamie Kelly (2), Brandon Velda and Daniel Rizzo recorded assists for Norwich while Andrew Lefebvre made 32 saves to pick up his third win of the season.
On Saturday night, Norwich traveled to Wellesley as the team hit the halfway point of the season hoping to grab a third consecutive victory. Things started well for Norwich as Morrison opened the scoring burying his team-leading 12th goal of the season at the 12:47 mark of the first period. Adam Harris doubled the lead after he pick-pocketed a Jacks defender and wired home a short-handed goal to send Norwich to the dressing room with the lead.
The second period should have started well for Norwich as four straight Wellesley penalties gave Norwich multiple five-on-three man advantages, but it was the Apple Jacks who would score while down two men to cut the lead to one. Wellesley would tie the game at deuces with 11:16 remaining after a deflection found its way past Lefebvre. The Jacks would take the lead 1:43 later, but Norwich bounced back when Kelly capitalized on a rebound with his seventh of the year. Wellesley retook the lead with 3:49 left in the second, but Norwich responded quickly when Slaght fire a shot home to send the teams to the dressing room tied at 4. Harris would give Norwich the lead 2:34 into third, but that would close out the scoring as Norwich held on for the 5-4 to move into fifth place in the MHL standings for the time being. Kelly, Munro (3), Monture, Troy Lamoure and Rizzo registered Merchant assists while Lefebrve made 28 saves to earn the victory.
A quiet weekend on the ice is ahead for the Merchants with only one game on tap. The squad will travel to New Hamburg on Friday night for a 7:30 p.m. game.
On Saturday, the team will hold its fall fish fry. The event features an all you can eat perch and pickerel dinner with all the fixings followed by a dance with DJ from ZZAT Entertainment. There will also be a draw for a Samsung Galaxy tablet as well as a silent auction with a number of items up for grabs. Tickets are available from calling or texting 519-532-6704 or by contacting any Merchant executive member.
The Norwich Merchants have a number of events planned for upcoming home games. On Friday, Nov. 27, when the team hosts Delhi, there will be a karaoke event taking place. The players will belt out some tunes before the microphone opens up for all those willing to open up their vocal cords.
On Sunday, Nov. 29 at 2 p.m., the team will host Woodstock. Following the game is a potluck dinner. Fans are encouraged to bring their favourite dish and then indulge in a delicious meal.
Friday, Dec. 4 against Burford is the team's annual Teddy Bear and Winter Clothing Toss night. When Norwich scores their first goal of the evening, fans are asked to throw stuffed animals and articles of winter clothing onto the ice that will be distributed to local charity groups.
On Saturday, Dec. 5, the Merchants will be taking part in the Norwich Santa Claus parade.
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