Weekend junior B roundup: Junior Canadians upset Falcons; Kilty B’s still hot
The St. Catharines Falcons had trouble holding a lead once again Sunday night in Welland.
Less than a week after blowing a 4-0 lead in an eventual 5-4 shootout loss to the Niagara Falls Canucks, the Falcons let a 2-0 lead slip away as they dropped a 3-2 decision to the Welland Junior Canadians in Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League, Golden Horseshoe Division action at the Welland Arena.
Falcons coach Tyler Bielby didn’t feel his squad deserved a win.
“Not a good effort at all tonight,” Bielby said. “We lost every puck battle, every board battle, and every faceoff battle.
“Credit to Welland for wanting it more tonight. We did more watching than skating tonight. Seeing we didn’t want to work tonight, we will work in practice this week.”
St. Catharines jumped out to a quick start on goals by Jordan Schanbacher and Chris Reid before the game was nine minutes old.
The Junior Canadians got on the board when Brady Afelskie scored late in the first to cut the Falcons’ lead in half.
Patrick Cole tied the game at 2-2 with his first goal of the season at the 18:33 mark of the second.
Taylor Ewing netted the winner four minutes into the third on a power play.
Josh Johnson made 37 saves in goal for St. Catharines while Keegan Jackson picked up the win with a 29-save effort.
The win improves Welland’s record to 5-12-1 and moves them out of last place in the standings, one point up on the Pelham Panthers.
Canucks 5 Panthers 1
Adrian Misaljevic scored four times as the visiting Niagara Falls Canucks defeated the Pelham Panthers Sunday afternoon.
Tanner McEachern added a goal and two assists while Ben Felicetti chipped in with three assists.
Riley George made 31 saves in goal for the win.
Cody Miskolczi replied for Pelham.
Referee Seth Ferguson dished out 47 minutes in penalties to Pelham and 21 to Niagara Falls.
Kilty B’s 6 Blackhawks 3
Six players scored goals as the Hamilton Kilty B’s continued to roll on with a 6-3 win at home over the Thorold Blackhawks Saturday night.
Matthew Downie, Ryan McGuire, Brodie McIntyre, Connor Haynes, Matthew Duarte and Dylan Abbamont scored for the Kilty B’s who improved to a league-leading 17-1.
Sam Tonelli, Tanner Hunt and Aydar Suniev scored for the Blackhawks.
Nico Balice faced 52 shots in goal for Thorold.
Braedyn McIntosh made 30 saves for the win.
Meteors 7 Junior Canadians 4
The Fort Erie Meteors got back to the .500 mark at 8-8-1 with a 7-4 win at home Saturday over the Welland Junior Canadians.
Marcus Regina had two goals for the winners while Kyle Adamo, Michael Angrilli, Joseph Macchione, Josh DiFrancesco and Michael Feldboom added singles.
Peter Spameni, Taylor Ewing, Owen Hendsbee and Nathan Duplessis scored for Welland.
Corvairs 6 Panthers 4
Terry Bridgland scored twice against his ex-teammates as the Caledonia Corvairs held off the visiting Pelham Panthers Saturday night.
Ethan Doyle, Jacob Macdonald, Noah Baltzerand Mason Mantzavrakos also scored for Caledonia.
Miskolczi, Luca Marandola, Jack Merkosky and Tyler Toomey scored for Pelham.
Fort Erie at Hamilton, 7 p.m.
Caledonia at Thorold, 7 p.m.
Caledonia at Hamilton, 7 p.m.
Thorold at St. Catharines, 7 p.m.
Welland at Niagara Falls, 7 p.m.
Hamilton at Fort Erie, 7:15 p.m.
Niagara Falls at Caledonia, 7:30 p.m.
Pelham at Welland, 7:05 p.m.
1. Hamilton 18-17-1-34
2. St. Catharines 19-13-4-0-2-28
3. Niagara Falls 21-12-7-2-26
4. Caledonia 18-9-6-2-1-21
5. Fort Erie 17-8-8-1-17
6. Thorold 18-6-11-1-13
7. Welland 18-5-12-1-11
8. Pelham 19-4-13-2-10
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