By Jordan Ercit
Kitchener Post Staff
The Kitchener Dutchmen are hoping an appearance at this weekend’s GOJHL Showcase will help erase a three-game losing skid. Playing a game outside their conference should certainly help.
The Dutchmen (2-6-1) are in seventh place, trailing the Waterloo Siskins and the Cambridge Winter Hawks in the nine-team Midwestern Conference after a winless weekend, capped by a 3-0 loss to the Brantford Golden Eagles Tuesday at Kinsmen Arena in Kitchener.
Ryan Blunt, Brendan Quigg and Nate Mitton all found the net for Brantford (7-0-1), one of three teams in the Midwestern Conference that have yet to lose a game in regulation — along with the Elmira Sugar Kings (10-0-0) and the Stratford Cullitons (8-0-0).
Netminder Jordan Lee made 42 saves for Kitchener.
Sunday, the Dutchies came as close as anyone this season in handing the conference-leading Sugar Kings their first loss, but came up short in the 5-4 defeat at Dan Snyder Memorial Arena in Elmira.
Riley Sonnenburg, with a hat trick, Andrew Smith and Colton Wolfe-Sabo scored for Elmira before the Dutchmen nearly completed a four-goal comeback after trailing 5-1 with 15:31 remaining in regulation. Kyle Bezruki scored twice, Eric Hammerl and Paul Gallucci added a goal apiece, and Lee made 52 saves to keep his team in the game.
Last Friday, Ryan Watson and Brad McClure scored twice for Stratford in a 6-1 win over Kitchener as Shane O’Brien and Ray Huether also found the net for the Cullitons.
Goaltender Mario Duscio had a busy night for the Dutchmen, making 49 saves, and Keli Grant scored the lone Kitchener goal.
Saturday, the Dutchmen are at St. Catharines’s Seymour Hannah Sports and Entertainment Centre for the GOJHL Showcase when they battle the Golden Horseshoe Conference’s Stoney Creek Warriors (2-8-0) at 11:30 a.m.
Kitchener is back home Oct. 11 at Kinsmen Arena at 7 p.m. against Elmira.