Weekend junior B roundup
The St. Catharines Falcons moved into sole possession of second place with a 3-0 victory at Fort Erie in Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League, Golden Horseshoe Conference action Saturday.
The Falcons, 15-6-2, lead the Niagara Falls Canucks by one point and the Hamilton Kilty B’s by two for second.
“It’s always a positive to see your team move up in the standings,” St. Catharines coach Tyler Bielby said. “With that being said, there is a lot of hockey left to be played and the closer you get to the top, the harder it is to stay there.
“We must continue to approach every outing like it’s an opportunity to get better. Whether it’s practice or a game, we must remain focussed and be ready to play every night.”
Noah Solinger gave the Falcons a 1-0 lead after one period. Following a scoreless second period, Curtis Egert netted a short-handed goal early in the third before Kyler Watson made it 3-0 just 12 seconds later.
Former Meteor Ethan Cook recorded his second straight shutout for the Falcons, kicking out 20 shots.
“I was happy with a defensive effort over the weekend,” Bielby said. “I would like to see us find some more finish around the net, but as a coach it’s always nice to see your players battle on the defensive side of the puck.”
Dalton McBride made 40 saves in a losing effort for the Mets.
The Falcons are in Hamilton tonight and host the lead-leading Caledonia Corvairs Friday.
“We have two big games this week,” Bielby said. “It’s all about preparing for Hamilton tonight. This will be our third game in four nights and it will be important to get off to a good start on the road.”
Corvairs 13 Junior Canadians 2
The Caledonia Corvairs fired a whopping 87 shots at Welland goalies Josh Rosenzweig and Riley Eberhardt en route to a lopsided win over the Junior Canadians Saturday night at home.
Joel Mazzilli and Nick McHugh each collected three goals and three assists for the Corvairs while Tyler Burnie and Danyk Drouin added two each. David Palmer, Zach Manazzone and Jonathan Kilby added singles.
Philippe Angervil and Jarome Myers replied for the Junior Canadians.
Panthers 4 Meteors 2
Wyatt Thole and Griffin Vaughan scored in the third period to break a 2-2 tie as the Pelham Panthers doubled the visiting Fort Erie Meteors Sunday afternoon in Pelham.
Devin Sanders and Noah Yerdon gave Pelham a 2-0 lead before Blake Hall and Adam Morgan replied for the Meteors.
Harrison Fleming made 23 saves in net for the win.
Blades 6 Junior Canadians 2
The Buffalo Blades broke open a close game with four goals in the third period en route to a 6-2 victory at Welland Sunday night.
Jacob Allan, Connor Dunn, Samuel Dantonio, Nolan Slachetka, Todd Smith and Hunter Litman scored for Buffalo.
Angervil and Thomas Gualtieri scored for Welland.
1. Caledonia 21-1-0-1-43
2. St. Catharines 15-6-2-32
3. Niagara Falls 14-6-2-1-31
4. Hamilton 14-7-2-30
5. Thorold 12-9-2-1-27
6. Pelham 8-12-0-2-18
7. Buffalo 5-16-2-1-13
8. Welland 4-16-3-11
9. Fort Erie 2-17-0-4-8
St. Catharines at Hamilton, 7 p.m.
Fort Erie at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Welland at Thorold, 7:07 p.m.
Caledonia at St. Catharines, 7 p.m.
Pelham at Niagara Falls, 7 p.m.
Niagara Falls at Fort Erie, 7:15 p.m.
Thorold at Pelham, 2:30 p.m.
Hamilton at Welland, 7:05 p.m.
Fort Erie at Caledonia, 7:30 p.m.
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