Mounties win, host all-stars
Photo by J.P. Antonacci, Brant News
New Hamburg Firebirds player Jay Fried controls a rebound in front of Paris Mounties goaltender Andrew Masters during the Niagara and District Junior Hockey League all-star game on Saturday at the Brant Sports Complex.
The Paris Mounties enjoyed a big weekend, collecting a win on Friday before hosting the Niagara and District Junior Hockey League all-star game on Saturday night.
With starting goaltender Andrew Masters getting some rest ahead of playing in the all-star game, the Mounties received a great effort in goal from call-up Zach Shomphe in a 4-2 win over the Aylmer Spitfires on Friday.
The Mounties recently added Shomphe to their roster. He was Masters' goaltending partner playing AAA minor hockey in Kitchener.
The new recruit stopped 37 of 39 shots to allow the Mounties to rally from a 2-0 deficit in the second period to earn the victory.
Paris also welcomed back forward Brandan Verasamy. Playing in just his second game since an upper-body injury in mid-November, Verasamy scored the insurance goal to make the final 4-2.
Verasamy was among the Niagara and District Junior Hockey League's point leaders before he was injured.
On Saturday, the Mounties welcomed the best of the NDJHL to the Brant Sports Complex for the all-star game. Masters, Cole Cummings, Jordan Kerr and Matthew Small helped Team West to a 7-6 overtime victory.
The Mounties are now 17-13-4 on the season and sit in third place in the NDJHL's West Division, 16 points back of the Norwich Merchants and New Hamburg Firebirds. Four games remain in the regular season.
The Mounties host the Firebirds at the Brant Sports Complex on Saturday at 7:30 p.m.