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CALEDONIA – The Caledonia Corvairs kept their perfect season intact Sunday evening with a 4-1 win over the Jr. B Canadians in Welland. The Corvairs are now riding the crest of the 27 team OHA Jr. B wave with a 6-0 record heading into this week’s games. After demolishing the expansion Buffalo Regals 12-2 Saturday

CALEDONIA – The Caledonia Corvairs kept their perfect season intact Sunday evening with a 4-1 win over the Jr. B Canadians in Welland.

The Corvairs are now riding the crest of the 27 team OHA Jr. B wave with a 6-0 record heading into this week’s games.

After demolishing the expansion Buffalo Regals 12-2 Saturday night at the Haldimand Centre Arena in Caledonia, the Corvairs found it a little tougher in Welland but still came out with a 4-1 victory.

Captain Matt Quilty led the scoring with a hat trick.

Welland’s Matthew Mateljan gave the Canadians a 1-0 lead at 3:02 but Caledonia could not break through on Welland goalie Liam Conway until Matt Quilty finally put one behind him to end the first period tied at 1-1 despite Welland being out shot 15-4. Todd Ratchford and Brooker Muir assisted.

The Corvairs kept the shooting gallery alive in the second period with 16 shots on the Canadians goal while allowing 9 on Colin Furlong at the other end. Once again Conway held the Corvairs to only 1 goal, scored by Quilty at 9:20, from Nixon and Muir.

Muir netted a goal at 4:48 of the third from Connor Murphy before Quilty closed the show with his third goal scored at 17:24. Muir earned the assist, to give him a 4-point night contributing to all of Caledonia’s goals.

The Corvairs ended up out shooting the Canadians 43-20.

There was a massacre the night before, at the Haldimand Centre Arena, as the on fire Corvairs hosted the expansion, Buffalo Regals.

As bad as the 12-2 score appears, it could easily have been a lot worse. The Corvairs faced only token resistance from the Regals’ on their way to a 7-0 first period lead, three of them on consecutive short handed situations.

Adding goals to their stats sheet were Cosimo Fontana, who started the avalanche 50 seconds after the opening face-off, from Muir and Quilty.

Todd Ratchford made it 2-0, 25 seconds later from Muir and Murphy. Connor Patton got into the feeding frenzy with a short-hander at 3:24, from Murphy and Spencer Gourlay. Twenty seconds later it was a 4-0 game as Murphy delivered another shorthander on the same Caledonia penalty, at 7:55, assisted by Gourlay and Justin Abraham. Patton and Mitch Brown ended the first installment at 7-0 after 20 minutes of play.

The Regals looked dejected and out-classed but kept trying to stop the Caledonia tide in the second period, with limited results.

Jeffrey Marlotte, Fontana, Muir and Steven Comegna built up an 11-0 mountain heading into the third. After Ratchford mad4eit an even dozen, the Corvairs seemed to take a little mercy on the Buffalo team by coasting the rest of the way and got caught sleeping twice before the clock ran down.

Furlong recorded 8 minutes in the affair stopping three shots before handing the game over to back up Curtis D’Ortenzo, who stopped 26 of the 28 shots he faced. Assistant coaches Jeff Hoppe and Mark Johnson were behind the bench as head coach Mike Bullard took the night off.

This Friday, Sept. 23, the Corvairs play their only game of the week, and will take another crack at the Port Colborne Pirates, in Port Colborne, They beat the Pirates 7-2 last week.

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