Weekend junior B roundup: Falcons top Mets; Corvairs split
The St. Catharines Falcons continue to find ways to beat the Fort Erie Meteors.
The Falcons topped the Meteors 5-4 in Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League action Saturday at the Leisureplex and are now 34-1 versus the Meteors since the beginning of the 2016/17 season. Fort Erie’s only win during that period was in February of last season.
The Falcons built a 2-0 lead in the first period before the Mets rallied to tie the game at 2-2 in the second. St. Catharines then rebuilt their two-goal margin to lead 4-2 before the teams traded goals to see the Falcons lead 5-3 after two. The Meteors netted the lone goal of the third period.
“Good road win to cap off a four-point weekend,” St. Catharines coach Tyler Bielby said. “We didn’t like giving up a 2-0 lead, but proud of the way the guys responded after Fort Erie tied it up.”
The teams meet again Friday, Dec. 16 in St. Catharines.
“They are a well-coached team who are very difficult to play in their own barn,” Bielby said. “We look forward to more battles with Fort Erie as the season moves on.”
Cameron Lowe paced the Falcons with two goals and an assist while Blake Yetman added a goal and two helpers. Kyle Glenney and Chris Reid also scored.
Josh Johnson made 20 saves in net for the win.
Doug Doren, Brad Ditillio, Joe Macchione and Josh DiFrancesco replied for the Meteors.
Josh Smith faced 25 shots in goal for Fort Erie.
Canucks 4 Corvairs 3 SO
Alexander Hebblethwaite had the lone shootout goal as the visiting Niagara Falls Canucks edged the Caledonia Corvairs Saturday in Caledonia.
Hebblethwaite, Benjamin Kay and Kyle Caron scored in regulation for the Canucks.
Clark Dunford, Calvin Crombie and Dylan Dekoe replied for Caledonia.
Mihailo Corovic made 40 saves for the win.
Marek Pavlas kicked out 32 shots in a losing effort.
Corvairs 6 Panthers 3
The visiting Corvairs broke open a close game with four goals in the second period en route to victory.
Dekoe, Markus Dempewolf, Alec Stewart, William Whelton, Tristian Huinik and Daniel Moro scored for the winners.
Josh Branton made 33 saves for the win.
Luca Marandola, Tyler Curnew and Ethan Ingram, on a penalty shot, scored for Pelham.
Andrew Welch faced 50 shots in goal for the Panthers.
Meteors 3 Junior Canadians 2
The Meteors held off a late rally to edge the Welland Junior Canadians at Welland.
Macchione, Josh DiFrancesco and Sam Barrett staked Fort Erie to a 3-0 lead before Welland make things interesting with late goals by Daniel Thomakos and Jack Ryan.
Nolan Lane made 36 saves for the victory.
Niagara Falls at Hamilton, 7 p.m.
Welland at Hamilton, 7 p.m.
Hamilton at St. Catharines, 7 p.m.
Caledonia at Niagara Falls, 7 p.m.
Fort Erie at Thorold (at Port Colborne), 7:30 p.m.
Welland at FortErie, 7 p.m.
St. Catharines at Thorold (at Port Colborne), 7:30 p.m.
Pelham at Caledonia, 7:30 p.m.
Niagara Falls at Pelham, 2:45 p.m.
Thorold at Welland, 7 p.m.
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