Kilty B’s Prevail in OT against Welland

The Hamilton Kilty B’s won a closely contested game 2-1 in overtime against the Welland Jr Canadians on Wednesday night in Welland.

After a scoreless first period, Nathan Phillips broke the ice for Hamilton with his team-leading twentieth goal, one minute into the second frame. One of the Kilty B’s newest players, Torin Hession, was able to squirt a pass through a couple of defenders to Phillips and a two-on-one ensued. Phillips kept the puck and dangled the goalie to take the lead.

The score would remain 1-0 until very late in the third period. The Jr Canadian had their net empty and capitalized on an icing call against Hamilton. Daniel Thomakos whacked home the rebound for Welland to tie the game 1-1 and ultimately send it to overtime.

One minute and twenty-nine seconds into extra time, Noah Vandenbrink made a nifty move to step around a Welland player and put the puck towards the net. A few short and sweet passes later, Vandenbrink got the puck back and put home the game-winner.

Hamilton goalie, Gabriel Longo, picked up his first win of the season, giving up just one goal on 31 shots.

The B’s were without one of their star goaltenders, David Egorov, who was called up to the Hamilton Bulldogs for a start. In Egorov’s 15 starts this season for the Kilty B’s he has a record of 13-1-1-0 and hold a .912 save percentage.

This win vaults the Kilty B’s back into first place in the conference with a few games in hand.

Hamilton (26-6-3-0) will play their next game Thurs, Jan 12 at 7 p.m. when they’ll take on the Fort Erie Meteors (23-9-3-0) at the Dave Andreychuk Mountain Arena.

-Jarrett Matthews