Eric Mueller is going to have a big smile on his face the next time he rolls into work.
The Burlington native beat Grimsby Peach Kings goalie Jeremy Currie in the second period and again during the shootout, to help lead the Port Dover Sailors to a 4-3 win.
“We’re all pretty pumped up. Today was a big win and so was Saturday,” Mueller said after Sunday’s victory at home. “I knew I was going to shoot there. I know him (Currie). I work with him. I guess I’ll be able to chirp about this one.”
And for good reason.
With a 2-1 lead after 40 minutes and Matthew Jambrosich adding to the Niagara District Junior C Hockey League leaders’ cause early in the third, the seventh-place Sailors needed to dig deep.
After Travis Walker scored a short-handed goal midway through the third period, Braden Roberts tied things up with six minutes to go in regulation time.
With four-on-four overtime not solving anything, Mueller was the only player to score during the shootout, while Mike Caluori shut the door for the win.
The win atoned for a 5-1 loss Friday on the road in Grimsby, where Mueller scored the only goal of the game for the Sailors.
“Mike has been huge for us,” Mueller said. “He’s giving us a chance to win every night. We just need to do what we’ve done the last two games and support him with goals.”
On Saturday in Hagersville, Michael Almas again showed his hometown team up. He scored two second-period goals to lead the Sailors to a 5-4 win over the Hawks.
Michael Boateng and Colin Montour also scored during the four-goal outbreak in the second period, while Mueller added one in the first.
Dan Mederios led the Hawks with two goals, while Matt Rimac and Jacob Bianchi netted one each.
Now at 10-27, and five games remaining in the regular season, the wins couldn’t have come at a better time.
“We stepped our game up,” Mueller said. “We know we have to get to that next level with playoffs coming. You can feel the difference.
“People are saying, ‘watch out for the Sailors.’ That’s something we want to hear,” he said. “We’ve been working hard and not getting the results. But this weekend it all came together for us.”