Pro-Fit Corvairs strengthen hold on first place

CALEDONIA – Saturday night the Pro-Fit Corvairs hosted the Niagara Falls Canucks after an easy time in Pelham the night before where they took a 6-1 win.

Caledonia continues to pile up the points and after 40 games Caledonia is safely settled in first place with a 35-4-1-0 record for 71 points with a wins of .888.

The next closest team in the Golden Horseshoe Conference is the St. Catharines Falcons in second spot with 63 points on 30 wins, six losses and three OT losses for 63 points.

The Canucks came out on fire at the Haldimand Centre Arena in Caledonia, but despite outshooting the Corvairs, 12-9, the score stood tied at 1-1 after the first 20 minutes of play.

Quentin Maksimovich scored, shorthanded, for Caledonia and Harrison Cottam did the honours for Niagara, while Bradley Van Schubert kept the Corvairs on an even keel in the Caledonia net.

Although Caledonia reversed the flow of the game in the second, Niagara’s Austin Wright opened and closed the middle frame with Adam Craievich squeezing one in between to make it a 3-2 game in favour of the visiting Canucks. It was Zach Moore’s turn to shine in the second period as he turned aside all but one of the 17 shots he had to face.

It almost seemed like the Corvairs were playing with the Canucks like a cat with a mouse because Caledonia totally owned the third period after finding the key to Niagara’s cage.

Successive goals by Trent Mallette, Eddie Schultz, Mike Baird and Brandon Lindberg, who finished the night off with an empty netter.

As if any testimony were necessary to prove the point, but once again, after three straight Sutherland Cups, the Corvairs have assembled four full lines any one of which can, and does, score goals. There were six different goals corers in the Corvairs’ win.

Top gun, however, is Brandon Lindberg who has gathered 30 goals and 49 assists for 79 points in 36 games he has dressed for.

The first place Caledonia Pro-Fit Corvairs took it easy on the 9-25-0 Pelham Panthers Friday night in Pelham easily taking the two points with a 6-1 win.

Pelham fans got one chance to cheer at 7:31 of the first period Friday night when Matthew Shuckett scored on Daniel Chenard in the Caledonia net. That would also be the last time as the Corvairs came to life and scored the next six. Eddie Schutz even the score at 10:06 from Brandon Lindberg and Alex Gonyou.

Schulz added another at 7:19 of the second followed by Adam Craievich and two late goals by Lindberg. Craievich scored the only goal of the third period for the 6-1 final.

This coming week in Jr. B action will see the Caledonia Pro-Fit Corvairs Saturday January 28th at the Haldimand Centre at 7:30 pm, when the Buffalo Regals, the league bottom dwellers who have but one victory so far this season, will provide whatever opposition they can muster.

Sunday Caledonia is in Welland to face the Canadians at 7 p.m.

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