Falcons rally past Panthers
The St. Catharines Falcons returned from the Christmas break with a 5-2 win over the Pelham Panthers in Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League, Golden Horseshoe Conference action at Pelham Sunday.
The win improves the Falcons’ record to 24-7-1-2 and leaves them tied for second place with the Ancaster Avalanche with 51 points each. The Avs hold a game in hand.
The Falcons rallied from a 2-0 deficit after one period to score five unanswered goals over the final two periods.
“We had a slow start, but were able to battle back,” Falcons coach Dan Fitzgerald said. “It’s great to see that kind of resiliency in the first game back from the break. Pelham on a Sunday afternoon isn’t as easy as it once was. They make you earn it if you want to leave with two points.”
Lucas Smilsky paced the Falcons with three goals while Michael Davies and Noah Perlic added singles. Newcomer Andrew Somerville picked up an assist.
“When you look at new guys in the lineup and guys returning from injuries, we had a very different group out there than we’ve had all year. Even with that, we found some chemistry and found a way to win,” Fitzgerald said.
Francesco Gigliotti and Chris Webber replied for the Panthers.
Former Panther Dillon Lamarche made 26 saves in goal for the Falcons pick up the win.
The Falcons are home to Buffalo Friday.
The Avalanche will make up their game in hand Thursday at Thorold.