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Aug. 19, 2019 | Monday
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NOTL Nationals lose 8-5 to Whalers
The Nationals lost 8-5 to the Whalers Friday. (Eunice Tang/Niagara Now)

The Niagara-on-the-Lake Nationals played a tough game against the Niagara Whalers Friday night, pulling their goalie and scoring two last-minute goals during the third period, but still ended losing the home game 8-5.

Assistant coach Matt Shumante said the first period was sloppy for the Whalers, but the team overcame the Nationals in the second period, from which they couldn’t recover.

Nationals head coach Spencer DeWolfe said the team was positive going into the game.

With only two weeks left to go before the playoff season begins, they were “battling for fourth place … and home ice advantage,” which would be a big win for a first-year team. It was DeWolfe’s goal from the start of the season to be in the league’s top three, so the new goal was not far off target.

“It’s been a learning curve for everybody, coaching staff included … We have been playing better hockey. We adjusted our defensive zone coverage. We are hoping to become more defensive-minded,” DeWolfe said.

In trading, the Nationals just said good-bye to three players and welcomed four more to the team.

DeWolfe says new addition Colt Jamie (former Niagara Whalers) has been “penciled into (the team’s) top line.”

“His play speaks for itself,” DeWolfe said.

Other acquisitions coming to NOTL are forwards Nicholas Brake (Niagara Riverhawks), Hart Cargo (Fort Erie Meteors) and Evan Ridley (Thorold Blackhawks).

Leaving the Nationals are forward Mikhail Frolov (loaned to the Bradford Rattlers) and Trentin Dixon (South Muskoka Shield). Cole Beneveto was released by the team, according to the Nationals’ website, notlnationals.com.

 

- With files from Jeff Shneberk

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