CALEDONIA — The Caledonia Pro-Fit Corvairs had their hands full Saturday night with the sixth place Niagara Falls Canucks at the Haldimand Centre Arena in Caledonia.
The hosts, 45-25, massively outshot the Canucks but goaltender Emerson Verrier kept his team in the hunt right to the final buzzer. Unfortunately for them, there was Colin Furlong at the other end of the ice protecting the Caledonia cage. Furlong wasn’t nearly as busy but did his job efficiently enough for the 4-3 win.
The Canucks scored first with a short hander notched by Denis Creighton at 5:38 of the first period. Kyler Nixon’s powerplay marker countered that at 6:04 assisted by Connor Murphy and Cody Brown to even the score at 1-1.
The Canucks skated stride for stride with the Corvairs for most of the first period but the good start began to unravel in the second when the game turned chippie and the Corvairs took control with it’s potent powerplay unit.
Mitch Brown and Connor Patton scored second period powerplay goals with assists on both goals going to Nixon and Matt Quilty.
Niagara fought back from the 3-1 deficit in the third out scoring the Corviars 2-1 but it would not be enough. They had their chances with six extra man opportunities but the Caledonia penalty killers held off all six chances.
Several fights broke out early in the third period but after the fur stopped flying; the Corvairs had earned their 30th win of the season against one loss and one OT loss.
The team to watch coming down the stretch is going to be the St. Catharines Falcons who breathing down the necks of the Corvairs in second place.
This week, the Corvairs will be in Port Colborne Friday night and back home to take on the Thorold Black Hawks, Saturday night at 7:30.