CALEDONIA ‑ It was hard to watch Saturday night’s 17-1 mangling of the Pelham Panthers at the Haldimand Centre Arena. The last place Panthers, with only one win so far this season, were facing the best team in the league with a record of 39-1-1-2 and favorites to win their third straight Sutherland Cup.
It was a like shooting fish in a barrel as 15 players earned points for the Corvairs while Liam Conway came this close to earning a shut out in his third start and third win as a Corvair.
This week, the Corvairs will have two games and a cake-walk. They will host Niagara Falls at the Haldimand Centre Saturday night at 7:30 pm, travel to Welland Sunday night for a date with the Canadians and then welcome the Panthers to Caledonia for another spanking Monday night.
Caledonia’s Corey Pawley leads all GOJHL scorers with 26 goals and 70 assists for 96 points in 43 games played. Matthew Hore is 9 points back in third place with 38 goals and 49 assists.
Friday night in St. Catharines, the Corvairs were held at bay by the seller goaltending of St. Catharines Falcons’ Joel Horodziejczyk until 1:43 of the second OT period when Blake Luscombe scored from Jordan Brown on the Corvairs’ 42nd shot of the game.
Mark Sinclair enjoyed a well earned shutout win to take the extra point while the Falcons were rewarded with a single point for the regulation time tie.
To say the Falcons and the Corvairs don’t like each other much would be a gross understatement. At 10:44 of the second period, a brawl broke out involving St Kitts’ Tanner Alen, Owen Green, Justin Felker, James Guest and Romaeo D’Intino, and Corvairs’ Jacob Bianchi, Jake Brown, Ryan Moran, Davis Brown and Tyler Hill. All were given 10-minute misconducts for “Inciting an opponent.” Daniel Volpe was also given a Match-misconduct and tossed from the game for spitting at an opponent.