CALEDONIA, ON ‑ It was painful to watch, even on Halloween night, but the league leading Caledonia Pro-Fit Corvairs decimated the hapless Pelham Panthers 17-1 Saturday night at the Haldimand County Caledonia Centre. Thank God for small mercies, that the pillaging of the Panthers took place away from home.
That’s after taking down the Thorold Black Hawks 5-2, Thursday night in Thorold.
The twice defending Sutherland Cup champion Corvairs head into this week’s GOJHL schedule in first place in the Golden Horseshoe Conference with 16 wins, 1 loss and 1 tie.
Only the Kitchener Dutchmen rival the Corvairs’ success so far this season with 16 wins, 1 loss and an overtime loss for an identical 33 points in the Midwestern Conference.
The acquisition of Corey Pawley from the London Knights of the OHL in the off season has given the Corvairs a legitimate scoring ace to add to the already loaded four-line bench for their third crack in a row at the Sutherland Cup.
With the help of a goal and four assists against the Panthers, Pawley is leading the league scoring with 17 goals and 29 assists in 18 games played.
Last Thursday in Thorold, the Black Hawks took a 1-0 lead into the second period where they added another early for a 2-0 lead. From that moment on, the Corvairs owned the Black Hawks with a dramatic turn around, scoring the last five goals of the game to leave the Hawks in the dust, outshooting them 23-9 in the second period alone, 48-17 in the game.
Scoring for Caledonia was Todd Ratchford and Matthew Hore with power play goals, Jake Brown, Matt Rimac and Matt McCartney.
Saturday’s massacre of the Pelham Panthers included scoring from nearly every sweater on the bench.
This week’s games include a Saturday night date in Fort Erie with the Meteors and a Sunday night game at home against the second place Ancaster Avalanche at 7:30 pm.