CALEDONIA — The 2015 Jr. B regular season schedule ended this past weekend with the Caledonia Corvairs a light-year ahead of the pack with 44 wins, three loses and two OT losses, worth a point each, for 90 points.
The closest divisional opponent is the St. Catharines Falcons with 31 wins, 13 losses and five OT losses for 67 points.
Even after clinching first place, the Corvairs kept the pedal to the metal and never let up for an instant. They completed the regular season with a home-and-home series against the Niagara Falls Canucks, Friday and Saturday night. Friday they won it 4-3 at the Gale Centre in St. Kitts, and Saturday they did it again with a 4-2 final score in Caledonia. All four Caledonia lines continued to produce, as they have all season.
Friday night the Canucks took a 2-1 lead into the third period. There was no scoring in the second period, but in the third, Jordan Peacock evened the score at 1:38, and Erick Delaurentis gave Caledonia the lead at 4:07. Jaymie Forslund added another at 17:44 before Matthew Marsden scored the final goal of the game for Niagara.
Saturday night, the Canucks gave their fans a 4-2 win in their last game before playoffs begin at the Haldimand Centre Arena.
Mitch Purdie opened the scoring for Caledonia in the first period and Connor Patten opened the second period scoring at 11:10.
Ryall Ledyard got the Canucks into the game at 13:48. When Nigel Slade evened the score for Niagara at 14:50, the Canucks took hope for a road win. That was not to be, as the Corvairs locked the door at their end and peppered the Canucks’ goaltender Joseph Murdaca with 33 third period shots on goal, earning two more goals in the process.
The Corvairs will ease into the playoff schedule by facing the Pelham Panthers in the first round, which begins Wed. Feb. 25th in Pelham at 7:30 p.m. Games #2 and #3 will be at the Haldimand Centre and Game #4 will be in Pelham, Tues. Mar 3rd.
If necessary, Game #5 is back at the Haldimand Centre at 7:30 p.m., Game #6 will be in Pelham Fri. Mar. 6th at 7:30 p.m., and Game #7 will be on Mar. 7th in Caledonia.