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Corvairs can almost taste the Sutherland Cup

CALEDONIA – The Caledonia Pro-Fit Corvairs are so close to the Sutherland Cup they can almost taste it, leading their series against the St. Catharines Falcons two games to one, heading into Game #4, Tuesday night in St Kitts.

CALEDONIA – The Caledonia Pro-Fit Corvairs are so close to the Sutherland Cup they can almost taste it, leading their series against the St. Catharines Falcons two games to one, heading into Game #4, Tuesday night in St Kitts. 

After embarrassing themselves 7-2 at home last Wednesday night, in Game #1, the Corvairs bounced back with a 4-1 win Friday night at the Jack Gatecliff Arena in St. Kitts, followed by Saturday night’s 3-0 win at the Haldimand Centre Arena.

Corvairs’ Connor Patten reaches for the puck in front of St Catharines Falcons’ goaltender Knick Dawe in Sutherland Cup action, at the Haldimand Arena in Caledonia. After falling to the Falcons in Game #1 the Corvairs have stepped up to take the next two games. Game #4 was played in St. Catharines, Tuesday night. No results were available by deadline. (Photo by Jim Windle)

Corvairs’ Connor Patten reaches for the puck in front of St Catharines Falcons’ goaltender Knick Dawe in Sutherland Cup action, at the Haldimand Arena in Caledonia. After falling to the Falcons in Game #1 the Corvairs have stepped up to take the next two games. Game #4 was played in St. Catharines, Tuesday night. No results were available by deadline. (Photo by Jim Windle)

It is still not certain who was wearing Colin Furlong’s Jersey last Wednesday night for Game #1, but it certainly didn’t look like the goaltender that carried the team throughout the regular season and the playoffs to date.

That is not to underestimate backup Ian Sylves who came in to stop the bleeding after the Corvairs found themselves down 6-2. Sylves held his ground allowing only one goal to get past him while making several very impressive stops.

But Furlong returned to form Friday night to backstop Caledonia’s 4-1 win to even the series, and then take the series lead the next night with a 3-0 shutout win back in Caledonia.

Saturday night, Furlong earned full marks for his well-earned shutout win. Jake Brown connected on a powerplay from Connor Murphy and Connor Patton, at 12:53.

There was no scoring in the second, but Jordan Peacock and Justin Abraham tallied in the third with assists going to Spencer Gourlay and Cody Brown. Abraham’s goal came shorthanded and unassisted into an empty net at 18:58.

Friday night, the Corvairs and the Falcons were neck and neck at 1-1 in the first period on goals scored by Caledonia’s Connor Patton and Falcons’ Greg Jambroasich.

There is no love lost between the Caledonia Pro-Fit Corvairs and the St. Catharines Falcons. Corvairs #27 Jaymie Forsland and Falcons’ Nigel Slade pair off during an altercation in the St. Catharines end. (Photo by Jim Windle)

There is no love lost between the Caledonia Pro-Fit Corvairs and the St. Catharines Falcons. Corvairs #27 Jaymie Forsland and Falcons’ Nigel Slade pair off during an altercation in the St. Catharines end. (Photo by Jim Windle)

It didn’t stay that way as the Corvairs added two more in the second, Jeff Malott and Connor Murphy, and Cody Brown’s empty netter in the third.

Game #4 went back to St. Catharines, Tuesday night. Results missed our deadline.

That set up for this coming Wednesday night, April 30th, back at the Haldimand Centre Arena, before a hometown crowd, when they will be hungry to bring the Cup to Caledonia for the first time.

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Jim Windle

Jim Windle

Jim Windle is a veteran news and sports reporter who has been published in a number of mediums and publications. contact Jim: windlejim@rocketmail.com

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