Corvairs cling to first after second loss of the year

CALEDONIA – Saturday night in Caledonia, the Corvairs shook off Thursday’s 1-0 loss in Thorold to sink the Port Colborne Pirates ship 7-3, out-shooting their guests 40-24 along the way.

The Pirates scored first with Ryall Ledyard’s goal at 3:33 of the first period. It didn’t take long for Spencer Gourlay to get that one back, at 3:53, assisted by Cody Brown and Kyler Nixon.

Connor Patton put the Corvairs ahead at 16:30 with a short-hander assisted by Cody Brown to end the first period with a 2-1 Caledonia lead.

Brown was having a night for himself and scored the next three consecutive Caledonia goals, two in the second and his third to open the third period, sandwiching a short-hander between two powerplay goals. He also added two assists.

Scott Dorian and Connor Murphy added two more in the third to put the Corvairs ahead 7-1. The Pirates’ Matt Ceko and Spencer Fox scored late goals to make the 7-3 final score.

It was a goaltenders duel in Thorold as the Blackhawks’ Brendan Polasek and Caledonia Pro-Fit Corvairs’ Colin Furlong both brought their “A” games to the Jr. “B” matchup, Thursday night.

Owen Sobchak scored the game’s only goal at 13:21 of the third period, to hand the Corvairs only their second loss of the season.

But the story of the game was all about Polasek and Furlong as they turned aside a total of 69 shots between them. Polasek was marginally busier but held his ground for the shut out win.

This week’s games include what could be the most important matchup of the season so far as the Corvairs take on the St. Catharines Falcons for a classic four-pointer in St Catharines, Friday night. It will be the last time these two teams will meet before the playoffs, which begin at the end of February.

Caledonia will keep the show on the road Saturday night in Ancaster when they face the Avalanche.

The final games of the regular season include a rare Monday nighter, Feb. 17th, in Fort Erie, then, at home to Ancaster, Fri., Feb. 21st, and again at home against Thorold Saturday Feb. 22nd.

The Falcons saw action on Tuesday night, Feb. 11th, against Niagara Falls, and will face Port Colborne on Friday the 21st to complete their regular season schedule. 

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