Corvairs on top at Christmas Break

CALEDONIA – Saturday night at the Haldimand Centre the powerful and hot, Caledonia Pro-Fit Corvairs took on the third place Welland Jr. Canadians. By the end of the second period the visiting Canadians  looked as though Caledonia was going to loose some ground.

Caledonia’s Jeff Lindsay made it 1-0 at 11:47 of the first period assisted by James Farmer-Valente and Mark Bzowey. But the tide turned quickly in the second period and by the beginning of the third period, Caledonia was trailing the Canadians 3-1.

Coach Mike Bullard realigned the Corvairs’ front end between periods and the Corvairs came out with something to prove, scoring consecutive goals by Jesse Barwell, Owen Lane, Adam Craievich, Sean O’Brien and Bobby Harrison.

The come from behind win further secures the Corvairs first place standing placing them 10 points ahead of the second place St. Catharines Falcons with 28 wins, three losses and one OT loss for 57 points.

The league leading Corvairs left a message in Friday night’s game against the Falcons and it was a big one. Realistically, the only team that is going to challenge the Corvairs as the season goes on will be the Falcons, but at least at this point in the schedule, even the Falcons are no match for Caledonia.

Dillon Lamarche kept the Corvairs off the scoresheet for the first 20 minutes while Michael Davies scored one to carry a 1-0 lead into the second period.

That was like poking the lion and Caledonia roared back with four straight seconds period goals scored by Owen Lane, Bobby Harrison, Mark Bzowey and Matt Weston. Davies got St. Kitts’ second and last goal at 15:00.

With the score 4-2, the Falcons pulled Lamarche, perhaps a bit early, and Adam Craievich popped in Caledonia’s fifth goal into an open net.

This week’s coverage began last Tuesday night with an 11-0 sparing match with the Buffalo Regals in a game where everyone who dressed except the goalie put a point beside his name. Buffalo is still looking for its second win of the season.

The Corvairs will not play again as a team until the new year, but some players will participate in the annual all-star game played on Dec. 28th at the Morgan Firestone Arena, 385 Jerseyville Road, in Ancaster.

It’s a two-game showcase of the league’s top prospects beginning at 3 pm with the top 16-year-olds followed by the leagues’ best 17 and 18-year-olds at 6:30.

Selected from the Corvairs for the Prospects Game were young goalie Pierce Charleston, Bobby Harrison and Owen Lane. T.J. Hughes was selected for the GOJHL Future Stars game.

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