CALEDONIA — The two-time Sutherland Cup winning Caledonia Pro-Fit Corvairs are the only Jr. B team to retain a 7–0 record so far in the Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League, after shutting out the Thorold Black Hawks 3–0, the Pelham Panthers 7–4 and trashing the Fort Erie Meteors 12–1 on Monday night.
The Corvairs decided the game quite early, easily racking up a 7–0 first period lead and coasted through the rest of the game which seemed an eternity for Fort Erie fans.
Caledonia took a 3–0 first period lead over the visiting Thorold Black Hawks on Saturday night at the Haldimand Centre Arena, where some of the new Corvairs showed fans what to expect from them as they target their third straight Sutherland Cup this coming spring.
Blake Luscombe continued his hot streak scoring two and assisting an another while Corey Pawley scored two and assisted on two, which lead the Pro–Fit Corvairs to a 7–4 win to keep their early season a perfect 6–0.
Pawley has amassed 17 points with seven goals and 10 assists, while Luscombe has 11 points on four goals and seven assists after Saturday’s game.
The 2015–16 Pelham Panthers Jr. B (bottom dwellers from last season) very nearly shocked the Caledonia Corvairs Friday night in Pelham, taking the Corvairs into OT to finally take a 6–5 win.
Caledonia seems to have taken the night off expecting a walkover, but it didn’t happen that way at all, thanks to the heroics of Panthers goalie Corey Foster who faced 68 shots, 28 of them in the second period alone.
Pelham took a 2–0 lead after the first period despite being outshot 15–6. Meanwhile newcomer Bobby Dugan was not having a good outing in his first start in a Caledonia uniform. He was eventually replaced with veteran Marc Sinclair who took over early in the second period.
The Corvairs finally found the key to Foster less than a minute into the period when Cory Patton connected on the first of a 28 shot period. Pelham’s Jesse Burger chased Dugan from the net at 1:17.
The move ignited the Caledonia offence with Matthews Hore scoring twice, and Mackenzie MacSorley adding another to end the second frame with Caledonia leading 5–4.
Foster was remarkable in the third, stopping all 22 Caledonia shots while his teammate Brandon MacKinnon tied the game and sent it into OT where Corey Pawley ended it, 54 seconds in.
Although the total shots indicate the Corvairs offense is in good shape, the goals against them indicate there is still some defensive work to be done.