OHSWEKEN — Buffalo goaltender Adam Dentico was nothing short of spectacular at the Gaylord Powless Arena on Saturday night in the Caledonia Corvairs’ 3-1 win, which kept their unbeaten streak alive at 15-0-0 in GOJHL Jr. B action.
Dentico kept the game respectable for the 0-15-0 Buffalo Regals, despite facing 61 Corvair shots compared with the 15 shots Colin Furlong had to deal with at the other end of the ice.
Dentico stood firm on 21 of the 22 shots he was buried under in the first 20 minutes alone, with Caledonia’s Connor Patton recording the only goal of the first period on a powerplay from Connor Murphy and Kyler Nixon at 8:03. Furlong could have gone for some famous Gaylord Powless Arena fries to eat between shots in the first period, as he was only called upon to make five saves.
The shots ratio wasn’t much better for Buffalo in the second, at 23-7, but Cody Brown notched a short hander from Murphy and JC Thivierge just 16 seconds into the period, with what would stand as the game winner. Furlong’s shut out bid was ruined at 2:09 when Regals’ Christian Nati slipped in an unassisted marker to account for Buffalo’s lone goal of the game.
Cody Brown scored his second of the night at 16:04, assisted by Murphy and Patton, to make it 3-1. This is how the game ended, with no scoring in the third, despite Caledonia out-shooting Buffalo 16-3.
If not for Dentico, this game could have been a laugher for the expansion Regals, who are struggling with the caliber of the GOJHL Jr. B loop. But watching him defy the odds was worth the price of admission.
The Regals and Corvairs go at it again Tuesday night, Oct. 22nd Caledonia shooters hope to do better against Dentico.
Friday night at the Gale Centre in Niagara Falls, the Corvairs took the best side of a 4- 1 final score to make it 14-0-0 for Caledonia at that point.
Cody Brown opened the scoring for Caledonia at 13:30 of the first period, with a powerplay goal assisted by Murphy and Nixon. Booker Muir added another at 17:02, assisted by Nixon.
There was no scoring in the second, but in the third period Niagara Falls’ Johnny Curran scored unassisted at 11:23. Cody Brown responded a little more than a minute later with his second of the game, also assisted by Murphy and Nixon.
Spencer Gourlay rounded out the scoring at 17:52, from Matt Quilty.
While Cody Brown has been piling up the goals with 11, plus 8 assists in only seven games as a Corvair, Connor Murphy and Kyler Nixon have been pulling in assists.
After this past weekend’s games, Murphy now has 30 assists and 8 goals to lead the league in scoring with 38 points. Nixon is second with 24 assists and four goals for 28 points. Both have played 15 games.
This coming weekend will see the Caledonia Corvairs return to the Haldimand Centre in Caledonia Friday night to host Ancaster at 7:30. Then it’s back on the bus for Fort Erie Saturday night.