The Wallaceburg Red Devils did something they haven’t done since 2001 when the team won the Canadian Championship Founders Cup. For the first time in more than a decade, the Wallaceburg Red Devils won a playoff series after they defeated the Spartans (St. Catherines) 12-9 in the fifth and deciding game of their series Tuesday.
After falling behind by two goals in the first period, Jordan Durston and David Veitch scored to keep the score close heading into the second frame.
Brayden Hopkins and Marcus Lagerstrom put Wallaceburg ahead in the first five minutes of the second period, before Durston and Brendan Shepley continued the charge, answering to a lone Spartans goal.
The third period started with the teams trading goals, with Wallaceburg’s markers coming from Rob Pollock, Jordan VanDamme, Clint Lamarsh, and Hopkins.
Up by two goals with only minutes to go in the third period, the Red Devils kicked up their defensive game trying to hold on to their first road win of the series. Charlie Sheehan mounted a late charge for the Spartans scoring two goals in less than a minute.
With the score at 10-9, recovery sniper Jordan Durston scored his third of the game to put his team up once and for all, lifting them to the second round of the playoffs. With the net empty, Hopkins matched Durston’s hat trick ending the game 12-9 for Wallaceburg.