CALEDONIA – The Ancaster Avalanche gave the Caledonia Pro-Fit Corvairs fits Monday night at the Haldimand Centre in Caledonia, but in the end, the Corvairs prevailed with a 4-3 shoot-out win.
It also took extra time to determine a winner in Saturday night’s game in Kitchener, with the Dutchmen recording the 4-3 win, in OT over the Corvairs.
All in all, the Corvairs took three of a possible four points this week in GOJHL action to move into sole possession of third place with a record of 7-2-1.
Monday’s Thanksgiving game was a very evenly-matched contest, with both teams showing moments of greatness and moments of early season shakiness as teams fine-tune their rosters.
Ryan Moran opened the scoring for Caledonia at 1:59, assisted by Cosimo Fontana and Jake Brown. Cole Nagy evened the score on a Kitchener powerplay with assists going to Luke Zupan and Luke Triemstra at 13:18, with Brown off for interference. Then, with 25 seconds remaining in the period, Ancaster took the lead when Ryan Cox found room behind Caledonia starter, Kevin Entmaa.
The Corvairs refused to let that stand. Connor Bramwell answered with five seconds left, sending the teams to the dressing room tied at 2-2. Nagy netted the only goal of the second period at 9:54 to give the visitors the lead.
With assists from Nathan Gomes and Moran, Tyler Lapore tied the game at 3-3, where the score would stay until the end of regulation time.
Once again, the Corvairs were making Blake Richards, the opposition goaltender, look good with many low percentage shots throughout the game, to outshoot Ancaster 45-25.
There was no decision after the OT period, taking the game into a shootout, where Bramwell finally beat Richards on Caledonia’s 6th shot for the win.
After a 2-1 first period deficit on Saturday night in Kitchener, Bramwell played an important role in the Corvairs’ comeback win by scoring the game-tying goal with two seconds remaining in regulation time.
Dutchmen Jordan Delaurier and Connor Cole put Kitchener ahead, 2-0 before Austin McEneny connected from Jordan Peacock at 16:06.
Adam Kawalac restored the Kitchener two goal margin 12 seconds into the second period, assisted by Cole and Keegan Calder.
Cosimo Fontana chipped one back from McEneny and Connor Patton at 2:17. Still, they could not find the equalizer until 19:58 with Bramwell’s last-second goal.
At 1:51 of the OT period, Keegan Calder put the win on the Kitchener side of the ledger, assisted by Kyle Ellis and Mitchell Smith.
This week’s games include a Friday night visit to Pelham to face the new, 0-11 Pirates, and a rematch with the Avalanche in Ancaster Saturday night.