CALEDONIA – The end of November brought with it the end of the Caledonia Pro-Fit Corvairs’ 24 game winning streak in the GOJHL Jr. B hockey loop.
The Welland Canadians played the role of “Giant Killer”, with a determined 3-2 win over the Corvairs, in Caledonia, Friday night.
One game a way from tying a league record and two games away from setting a new one for consecutive wins, the Corvairs could not muster any offensive momentum in the third period while Colin Furlong and the Caledonia defense barred the cage at the other end of the ice.
The Caledonia dominance of the early season began to erode three games ago. On Nov. 17th and again Nov. 23rd, the Corvairs required the services of a shoot out to preserve wins and barely keep the streak going. But last Friday, they went to the well once too often and came up empty in the third period after falling behind 3-2.
“Realistically, it had to happen,” said general manager Brian Rizzetto. “It was actually two weeks in the making. We had a lot of guys with nerves and tight sticks trying to keep the streak alive. But now we can just get back to winning hockey games.”
The score was tied at 1-1 after the first 20 minutes with former Corvair, JC Thivierge, who was traded to Welland on October 31st, scoring first at 2:25 with a powerplay goal against his old teammates. Connor Patton cashed in on a Caledonia powerplay at 15:43.
Welland’s Adam Mataya gave the Canadians a 2-1 lead at 3:30, which Justin Abraham erased with a powerplay goal at 6:16 from Cody Brown and Kyler Nixon.