CALEDONIA — The Pro-Fit Corvairs’ steamroller continues to wreak havoc in the GOJHL Jr. B playoffs. After sweeping Pelham and Niagara, they have added the St. Catharines Falcons to that list, after the Conference final.
Once again, as has been throughout the playoffs, the Corvairs grossly outshot the Flacons, 41-26 on their way to a 4-1, Game #4 victory.
The Corvairs methodical pressure wore down Falcons as wave after wave of power came off the Caledonia bench.
Jordan Brown put the Corvairs on the path to the winner’s circle on a powerplay for a 1-0 first period lead.
Matthew Hore made it 2-0 in the second before Falcons’ Broderick Kelly scored, what would prove to be St. Catharines’ last goal of the season.
Matt McCartney answered for Caledonia putting Caledonia ahead 3-1 with 20 minutes to play.
Nick Zotti finished the Falcons off at eight minutes of the third period.
Game #3 was a game the St. Catharines Falcons really needed to win Saturday night in Caledonia, if not to stay alive, to build some kind of momentum after dropping Games #1 and #2 by the scores of 6-2 and an OT 5-4 loss to the Sutherland Cup Champion Caledonia Pro-Fit Corvairs.
The Corvairs outshot the Falcons 15-7 in the first period, but it was St. Catharines leading 2-1 by the first intermission. Jake Brown scored the first of the game before St. Kitts took the lead with a powerplay and a shorthanded goal.
Broderick Kelly made it 3-1 for St Catharines on a powerplay at the 13 minute mark, but 20 seconds later, Jordan Brown scored assisted by Jacob Bianchi and Tyler Hill ending the second period with Caledonia trailing 3-2.
Not wishing to show weakness in front of the Haldimand Centre fans, Caledonia put the coals to the fire in the third scoring the last four goals of the game with Fitzmorris scoring two, and Tyler Hill and Ryan Punkari piling on with one each for the 6-3 come from behind final.
The Corvairs amassed 49 shots to St.Catharines’ 15.
In the other conference final series, the Midwestern Conference Stratford Cullitons and the Waterloo Siskins are in a dog-fight that should go six or seven games. In the Western Conference, the Leamington Flyers and London Nationals are in battle with no runaway leaders in sight to date.
As Golden Horseshoe Champions already, the Corvairs will await the wild-card series winners between these four teams. Statistics then play into the mix. The season’s wins loss records in the regular season and playoffs will be considered in selecting the Corvairs’ opponents. If still tied, it will be judges on goals for and against.
Either way, the OHA semi-finals will likely begin Wednesday night in Caledonia.