Kilty B’s overpower the Canucks

The Hamilton Kilty B’s defeated the Niagara Falls Canucks 6-2 on the road on Friday night at the Gale Centre.

In the first period, Hamilton’s Dawson McKinney drove the puck behind the net, spun around in front and ripped home the opening goal of the game.

Niagara then tied the game at one on the power play after Zach Vaillancourt was called for tripping.

The second period was all Kilty B’s and Connor Haynes got it going with his sevententh goal of the season. Haynes fired a shot from the point, through traffic in front and into the back of the net.

Dawson McKinney scored again midway through the frame on the powerplay. McKinney charged into the zone, faked like he was going to cut in front of the net, and fooled the Canucks goalie to bury his twenty second goal of the year. He would later add an assist to put him at 49 points in 34 games, most on the team.

Benjamin Hofstetter made it 4-1 for Hamilton with his first of the year on a wrister from the left side.

Then, with time running out in the second and the Kilty B’s short-handed, Zachary Gratton sent Connor Haynes in alone on a breakaway. Haynes shot got stopped but Gratton was behind him to finish the job with just seconds remaining.

In the third period, Carson Lloyd took the puck right to the net from the corner, reached around the Niagara Falls netminder and put home another goal for Hamilton.

With this win, the B’s move to (31-6-5) on the year and remain in second in the Golden Horseshoe Conference with seven regular season games remaining.

Hamilton plays their next game on Sunday, February 5 at 7 p.m. against the Welland Jr. Canadiens at the Welland Main Arena.

-Jarret Matthews