Pro-Fit Corvairs open playoffs Thursday

CALEDONIA – The Caledonia Pro-Fit Corvairs have been close to invincible all season long averaging almost six goals per game, finishing the regular season in first place in the Golden Horseshoe Conference with a record of 43-4-1-2. But the team has shown it Achilles heel as the season drew to a close in the form of undisciplined play resulting in several suspensions and far too much time in the penalty box.

Fortunately, they have drawn the Pelham Panthers for the first round of the playoffs, a team they have humiliated several times in the regular season. That series begins Thursday, March 3rd, at the Haldimand Centre Arena. Game #2 is in Pelham Friday, returning to Caledonia for Game #3, Saturday, night at 7 pm. Game #4 is scheduled for Pelham, next Tuesday night, March 8th.

They closed the season with a loss and a very close one goal win. Friday, Feb. 28th, in St. Catharines, the Falcons beat the Corvairs 4-3 in a rough game.

Caledonia’s Davis Brown opened the scoring with powerplay goal from Corey Pawley and Matthew Hore at 11:41 of the first period. Tyler Jackson answered with a Falcons power play goal two minutes later to end the first period, tied at 1-1.

Another powerplay goal scored by Broderick Kelly at 1:47 of the second, with Matt Rimac off for slashing, put the Falcons out front. Nicholas Dozzi made it a 3-1 game late in the frame.

Tyler Jackson pushed that to a 4-1 lead at 5:51 of the third period which featured a dust up between Caledonia’s Ryan Punkari and Tanner Allen.

Caledonia battled back with Jordan Brown’s 4-2 goal at 9:48 and Matthew Hore’s 43rd goal of season at 16:14 but could not find the tying goal despite many good chances. Liam Conway suffered the loss in the Caledonia net while Cameron Gray earned the win for St. Kitts.

Saturday, in Ancaster, the Corvairs were the ones holding on despite outshooting the Avalanche 40-17. Jesse Hilton notched a powerplay goal in the first period with Matt Hore serving time for boarding. Jacob Bianchi tied it at 2:58 of the second period from Todd Ratchford and Punkari, but Hore was tossed from the game for abuse of official.

Caledonia poured it on in the third outshooting Ancaster 12-4, but only Daniel Volpe was able to beat Cole Ceci who was having the game of his life, and that would be enough for the win.

As mentioned earlier, the Corvairs will ease into the post season Thursday against a team they have beaten 17-1, 10-1, 11-2, 17-1 and 15-2 in their last five meetings.

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