Weekend junior B roundup: Falcons dominate Corvairs; Junior Canadians sweep Mets
Andrew MacLean racked up his eighth shutout of the season Saturday as the St. Catharines Falcons blanked the Caledonia Corvairs 6-0. File photo: BILL POTRECZ
The St. Catharines Falcons turned in one of their best overall efforts of the season Saturday to blank the Caledonia Corvairs 6-0 in Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League, Golden Horseshoe Conference action at the Haldimand Centre.
“Was great to head out on the road and get a big win,” Falcons coach Tyler Bielby said. “Extremely proud of the way our players and team carried themselves through 60 minutes. There was a genuine effort to play the game the right way. Always room for improvement, but as coaches we liked a lot of what we saw from our team.
“As coaches, we challenged the team to practise strong emotional intelligence and focus on the task at hand. We played a disciplined game for the most part and we’re able to win the special teams battle. When you play the game the right way, good things happen.”
The Falcons scored five of their six goals with the man advantage.
Andrew MacLean made 21 saves for his league-leading eighth shutout of the season to go along with a 1.40 goals-against average and .946 save percentage.
Mason Howard collected two goals for the Falcons while Jonah Boriah, Nicholas Rubino, Chris Reid and Kyle Glenney added singles. Blake Yetman and Olivier Desroches added three assists each.
The victory improved the Falcons record to 26-6-0-1.
The Corvairs dropped to 21-9-1-1.
Junior Canadians sweep Mets
The Welland Junior Canadians swept the Fort Erie Meteors, ending the Mets’ five-game winning streak.
Sunday afternoon in Welland, Tanner Ryan had two goals as the Junior Canadians edged the Meteors 6-4.
Ethan Sharpe, Taylor Ewing, Cameron Bauer and Conner Thompson-Dick added singles.
Nico Balice was sharp in goal for Welland, turning back 41 shots.
Jayden Baldinelli scored three goals for the Meteors whole Brendan Krawczyk added one.
Saturday at the Leisureplex, Ryan, Ilia Chmelevski, Will LePage, Ari Alakorpi, Peter Spameni, Zach Kent and Nathan Duplessis scored as the Junior Canadians prevailed 7-3.
Balice made 32 saves for the win.
Krawczyk netted his first two goals for the Mets while Nathan Zadorozny also scored.
Panthers 5 Canucks 4 OT
The Pelham Panthers rallied with two goals in the third, then won it in overtime when Cody Miskolczi scored 1:03 into the extra period to edge the visiting Niagara Falls Canucks Sunday afternoon.
Florian Xhekaj, Jack Merkosky, Jonah Devereux and Blake Power also scored for the Panthers.
Brayden Kelso made 27 saves for the win.
Matthew Riva had two goals for the Canucks while Ethan Walker and Owen Goodbrand added singles.
Riley George kicked out 34 shots in a losing effort.
Kilty B’s 6 Blackhawks 1
Colin MacDougall and Dylan Abbamont paced the league-leading Kilty B’s with two goals each while Liam Galton and Matthew Duarte also scored.
Dylan Pergentile scored for Thorold.
Braedyn McIntosh made 19 saves for the win.
Noah Fortuna made 48 saves in net for the Hawks.
Caledonia at Thorold, 7 p.m.
Pelham at Hamilton, 7 p.m.
Niagara Falls at Fort Erie, 7:30 p.m.
Welland at St. Catharines, 7 p.m.
Thorold at Niagara Falls, 7 p.m.
Hamilton at Fort Erie, 7:15 p.m.
Thorold at Caledonia, 7:30 p.m.
St. Catharines at Pelham, 2:45 p.m.
Fort Erie at Welland, 7:05 p.m.
St. Catharines at Niagara Falls, 3 p.m.
Pelham at Thorold, 3 p.m.
Welland at Hamilton, 7 p.m.
1. Hamilton 27-6-54
2. St. Catharines 25-6-0-1-51
3. Caledonia 21-8-1-1-44
4. Fort Erie 15-14-0-1-31
5. Welland 12-18-3-27
6. Pelham 12-18-1-25
7. Thorold 8-24-16
8. Niagara Falls 3-27-2-8
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