Weekend junior B roundup: The race for first place
The Caledonia Corvairs have won eight straight to move to within five points of first place. File photo: BILL POTRECZ
The battle for first place is getting interesting in the Golden Horseshoe Conference of the Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League.
The Caledonia Corvairs topped the Pelham Panthers 10-5 Sunday afternoon in Pelham, less than 24 hours after they knocked off the first-place Hamilton Kilty B’s 6-2 at home.
The Corvairs have now won eight straight — their last loss was a 6-0 defeat against the St. Catharines Falcons — to move to within two points of the Falcons for second place and five points of the Kilty B’s.
The Corvairs still have three games remaining with the Falcons and two with the Kilty B’s while St. Catharines and Hamilton meet this Friday at Jack Gatecliff Arena for the final time in the regular season.
Sunday in Pelham, Jacob Macdonald had a day with four goals and three assists while Dylan Dekoe added two goals and four assists. Ethan Doyle, Isaiah VanRyswyk, Tanner Hunt and Michael Tapley added singles. Former Panther Terry Bridgland chipped in with four assists.
Luca Marandola had two goals for the Panthers while Florian Xhekaj, Jonah Devereaux and Lucas Jasmins added singles.
Saturday, Doyle led the way with three goals and two assists while Macdonald, Markus Dempewolf and Kevin Hill also scored. Josh Russell contributed three assists.
Sam Shakes and Colin MacDougall replied for Hamilton.
Ethan Langevin made 30 saves for the win.
Gage Stewart took the loss making 19 saves.
Meteors 5 Panthers 0
Josh Smith made 20 saves for his first junior shutout as the Fort Erie Meteors blanked the visiting Panthers Saturday night at the Leisureplex.
Marcus Regina paced the offence with two goals and two assists while Kevin Gould also scored twice. Josh DiFrancesco had a goal and three assists and Brendan Krawczyk four assists.
Blackhawks 4 Junior Canadians 2
Owen Caldwell scored his first two goals of the season as the Thorold Blackhawks doubled the Welland Junior Canadians Sunday night in Welland.
Ivan Osminin and Cooper Lobsinger added singles for the winners.
Tanner Ryan and Zach Kent replied for Welland.
Former Junior Canadian Tucker Adams made 30 saves to earn the win.
Niagara Falls on St. Catharines, 7 p.m.
Welland at Thorold, 7 p.m.
Fort Erie at Hamilton, 7 p.m.
Hamilton at St. Catharines, 7 p.m.
Pelham at Niagara Falls, 7 p.m.
Thorold at Fort Erie, 7:15 p.m.
St. Catharines at Caledonia, 7:30 p.m.
Thorold at Pelham, 2:45 p.m.
Niagara Falls at Welland, 7:05 p.m.
1. Hamilton 32-7-1-65
2. St. Catharines 30-7-1-1-62
3. Caledonia 29-8-1-1-60
4. Fort Erie 19-18-0-1-39
5. Welland 15-22-3-33
6. Pelham 12-25-2-26
7. Thorold 12-27-24
8. Niagara Falls 3-31-3-1-10
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