CALEDONIA – The Pro-Fit Corvairs crushed yet another opponent as they delivered the message across the GOJHL that if anyone intends to strip Caledonia of the Ontario Championship, they will have to find a novel way of defusing the powerful Corvairs.
Saturday night, at the Haldimand Centre Arena, the Niagara Falls Canucks had a pre-playoff taste of defeat as the Corvairs destroyed them, 9-1. The Canucks’ only goal came on a powerplay at 16:51 when Austin Wright spoiled Kevin Entmaas’ shutout bid.
After taking a 2-1 lead, the Corvairs exploded with five unanswered second period goals and a couple more in the third for the easy win.
With six games left before the playoffs, the Corvairs are not letting up even though they are light-years ahead of the rest of the division and the league.
Next Saturday, Feb. 7th, boredom may be a greater challenge to overcome than the visiting Pelham Panthers, who are in last place with an abysmal 4-36-1 record so far this year and are waiting for the season to mercifully end.
Jake Brown leads the scoring for the team with 22 goals and 35 assists for 57 points. But even on a team that has dominated the division all year, he is in ninth place overall.
As stated before, that is a testimony to how well balanced this year’s Corvairs are. Every line can and will score with equal efficiency, making them next to impossible to defend against.
Saturday was like a public skate for them, as the Canucks seemed overwhelmed from the opening face-off.
The Corvairs have owned the entire league so far and show no signs of that changing any time soon.
The tandem goaltending of Kevin Emtmaa and Marc Sinclair and four solid lines have been the one-two punch of this year’s Corvairs, according general manager Brian Rizzetto.
“We haven’t had to be concerned with who gets the start all year,” said Rizzetto, looking back over the regular season. “We know that whoever is in will do a great job.”
Although he admits this year’s team may not have the big scorers they had in previous years, he believes this may be the most balanced roster maybe they have ever had. Judging by the league statistics, he may be right.
“Friday was a solid team effort,” he said. “We’ve run four lines all season but there are a couple of players that we want to give some more ice time to as we get ready for the playoffs. We really don’t have a first line, we have four lines.”
A total of 13 players shared the points, led by Jordan Peacock with three goals and two assists.