The Caledonia Pro-Fit Corvairs are 2-0 in this very early GOJHL season after wins last Friday night in Niagara Falls, and Saturday night’s home opener win against St. Catharines.
The Corvairs opened their 2013 season on the road with a 6-1 win on Friday, Sept 6, as they traveled to the Falls to face the Canucks. They begin the new season in a semi-rebuild mode as several of last year’s Corvairs have either gone overage or gone elsewhere.
But those returning will form a solid nucleus to build this year’s team around. There are nine returnees including captain Mitch Brown. Others pulling the Corvairs jersey on again are forwards Spencer Gourlay, Brier Jonathan, Conner Murphy, Scott Dorian, and Matt Quilty. Defenseman Ryan Moran, and Justin Abrams will also be being called upon more heavily this year.
Goailie Justis Husak from Sioux Lookout, has also returned to set the cornerstone for this year’s Corvairs. Hasak carried the ball most of the 2012 season, accumulating 20 wins against 8 losses in the regular season.
In the pre-season, the Pro-Fit Corvairs won a 4-3 decision over Port Colborne and a 2-2 tie with Cambridge.
Elsewhere around the league, Caledonia’s newest rivals, the Brantford 99’ers lost their inaugural game 3-1 to the Kitchener Dutchmen on Saturday night in Brantford. The 99’ers have filled the void left by the Golden Eagles who moved the Six Nations owned franchise to Caledonia last year.
Friday night in Niagara the Corvairs began the new season with returnee, Scott Dorian scoring a short-hander at 9:58 of the first period assisted by Brier Jonathan. Matt Quilty, also a veteran, made it 2-0 on a power play from Spencer Gourlay and Kyler Nixon at 11:32.Second period goals came from Jake Brown at 7:05 from Connor Murphy and Gourlay, Connor Patton from Nixon and J.C. Thivienge at 13:07, and Lucas Zitmanis from Jeff Marlott and Brett Dykstra.
Murphy made it 6-0 at 3:53 of the third period with Caledonia’s second short handed goal of the game at 3:52 from Marlott and Ryan Moran.
Colin Furlong held Niagara off the score sheet for 46 minutes and 17 seconds until Dylan Savory broke Furlong’s bid for a shutout at 6:17. Niagara out shot the Corvairs 28-19.
This weekend, the Corvairs travel to Port Colborne Friday night in the first leg of a home-and-home series with the Pirates.
By Jim Windle
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