CALEDONIA – It’s hard to find superlatives for the Caledonia Pro-Fit Corvairs again this season as they strive to begin a new string of Sutherland Cups. The three-year string was broken by the Elmira Sugar Kings last season and they want it back.
Heading into this week’s games, Caledonia is the best team in the entire 26-team league with 47 points, for first in the Golden Horseshoe Division as well as the full league standings. St. Catharines is five points behind, in second place.
But even with a well-crafted racing car, every once in a while, there can be some kind of unexpected failure and it just doesn’t run right.
To only look at the 2-1 final score one might think the Pelham Panthers really took it to the Corvairs, Sunday afternoon, but that was not the case at all.
It was more a case of a very hot goaltender doing headstands against Corvair shooters all afternoon. Nicholas Kidd turned away 41 of 43 shots at him while Pierce Charleson was given the start for Caledonia.
Despite being outshot 14-4 in the first frame, Pelham came out with a 1-0 lead on Jared Hill’s goal from Thomas Young and Kurt Villani. Kidd was a stone wall in the second period facing 21 shots. Only Jesse Barwell was finally able to solve Kidd at 19:49 and the game was tied at 1-1 with Caledonia leading with 35 shots to nine with 20 minutes left.
Isaac Taylor scored the 2-1 game winner at 7:40 of the third period from Barwell and Andrew Burns.
The Corvairs also won Saturday, Dec 2nd, 4-3 in another tight one for the Corvairs over the Niagara Canucks.
The Canucks were looking to gain some ground against the Corvairs and gave them a good challenge, scoring the first goal of the game at 2:27, but Caledonia quickly silenced the crowd when Isaac Taylor tied the game at 3:33.
Barwell scored the go-ahead Caledonia goal and Jeff Lindsay put a cushion under it by the end of the period. It was 4-1, Caledonia, after Bailey Fletcher opened the second period from Matt Weston and Isaac Taylor.
But the Canucks were not in the mood to let the game go without a fight and came back late in the period with a power play goal to hang their hopes on at 19:56.
After lots of chances in the third and no results it appeared the Corvairs were about to gear it down in the third and coast to victory but Canucks, Frank Pucci made a game out if it drawing to within one goal at 18:37, with an extra man.
Brandon McCorriston shut down the Canucks’ push for the tie and the Corvairs hung on for the 4-3 victory.
This coming Friday, the Corvairs are in Niagara Falls and Saturday they host the Pelham Panthers at the Haldimand Centre Arena.