CALEDONIA — The Buffalo Regales were the healing salve the Caledonia Pro-Fit Corvairs needed after suffering their first two losses of the season. The Corvairs had back to back losses at the hands of the Welland Canadians Saturday, Nov. 30, and again this past Friday night with an OT loss in St. Catherines.
Caledonia really need a win to turn their fortunes around and the Regales, who have had only one game so far this year, came to the Haldimand Centre Arena at exactly the right time this past Saturday night. The Regales put up token resistance as the powerful Corvairs got themselves back on the winning side of the ledger with a 6-1 win.
Connor Murphy and Matt Quilty put the Corvairs up 2-0 after the first 20 minutes; Colin Furlong’s bid for his third shutout of the season was spoiled at 5:07 with Buffalo’s only goal of the game, scored by Luke Meyer.
Cody Brown potted a shorthander at 18:11 from Jayme Forslund and Furlong to end the second period with the Corvairs leading 3-1.
The third period belonged to Caledonia as Cody Brown, Spencer Gourlay and Collin Murphy added goals to take the 6-1 win.
Friday night, the St. Catherines Falcons served up the Caledonia Profit Corvairs’ second loss in a row, and second loss of the season, 4-3, in a shootout in St. Kitts.
But being a loss in OT, the first place Corvairs still picked up a point to stay one point ahead of the Falcons in the standings, who have played one more game.
It turned out to be a battle of powerplays as five of the seven goals scored came with an extra man advantage. The Corvairs capitalized on three of five chances while the Falcons scored two powerplay markers.
Matt Quilty opened the scoring at 9:34 of the first period on a powerplay after the Falcons were called for icing an ineligible player.
St. Catharines countered with a powerplay goal of their own, at the 16-minute mark, scored by Tommy Barszcz with Brooker Muir serving two minutes for crosschecking.
Connor Murphy picked up the Corvairs second powerplay goal at 16:33 with Falcons’ Mitch Bursey off for slashing, which was the only penalty of the period. But with 11 seconds remaining, Aaron Taylor tied the game at 2-2.
The pattern continued in the third period with Connor Patent scoring the first goal of the period assisted by Quilty for the Corvairs’ third powerplay goal. The Falcons would not relent and at 12:12, Aaron Taylor tied the game again with Cody Brown off for tripping.
Yanni Rallis was the St. Catherines’ hero, scoring the game winner at 3:52 of the extra frame.
In total, the Corvairs outshot the Falcons 38-16 with St Catherines’ goaltender Knick Dawe taking the win while Colin Furlong suffered the defeat in the Caledonia net.
This coming Friday 13th, the Corvairs hope all the bad luck goes Ancaster’s way when they host the Avalanche in Caledonia beginning at 7:30 pm.