FORT ERIE – Even a double Sutherland Cup winner has a bad night out, and the Caledonia Corvairs certainly had one of those games Saturday night in Fort Erie against the fifth place Meteors. In the end, the Meteors beat the league leaders 5-2, only their third loss of the season.
“We ran into a hot team and we’re not always showing up to play,” said general manager Brian Rizzetto.
Also contributing to the Caledonia loss was the stelar goaltending of Brayden Lachance who faced 39 shots while Mark Sinclair faced 19 shots, stopping 14 of them.
Two of the Fort Erie goals were scored short handed into the Corvairs empty net in the last minute of the game. The Caledonia bench was short with only 16 skaters dressed.
“We went with a short bench because of some of our guys putting themselves first ahead of the team,” said a frustrated Rizzetto.
Nick Zotti has one more game left on his 11 game suspension after having that reduced to nine games by the league. Jonathan Schaefer has a game left and Tyler Hill has two games left of a three game suspension.
Maybe the biggest hole in the roaster heading into the playoffs is going to be 41-goal scorer Jake Brown who is likely to receive 10 games or more for allegedly shooting the puck at a referee.
“We had hopes to go into the playoffs strong and ready but it looks like we’re going to have to limp,” says Rizzetto. “The last few games we have not been the team we need to be to win our third Sutherland Cup. We’ve got some work to do.”
On the positive side, Corvairs’ Corey Pawley leads the league in scoring with 108 points to date on 30 goals and 78 assists. He is just ahead of teammate Matthew Hore with 42 goals and 56 assists for 98 points.
The Corvairs will close out the regular season this week with games against the St. Catharines Falcons Saturday night, Feb. 26th, in St.Kitts, and the Ancaster Avalanche Sat. Feb 22nd in Ancaster.