Welland Blank The Falcons
The Welland Junior Canadians continue to pile up the wins.
The Junior Canadians made it three wins in a row and 10 of their last 11 with a 3-0 victory over the St. Catharines Falcons in Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League, Golden Horseshoe Conference game played before 1,142 fans Sunday night at the Welland Arena.Welland now lead the standings with an impressive 11-2 record. The Caledonia Corvairs are three points back at 9-2-1 followed by the Falcons at 9-4. Mitch Reid opened the scoring at 8:46 of the first period. Welland held a 9-7 edge in shots in the opening 20 minutes.
Welland went up 2-0 when Thomas Flack scored less then two minutes into the second. Welland dominated the period outshooting St. Catharines 14-7. Kris Meina scored a late goal in the third on the power-play for Welland to conclude the scoring.
Battle Between The Top Two Teams
It was a battle between the top two teams in the conference Friday night at the Jack Gatecliff Arena as the St. Catharines Falcons squared off against the Welland Junior Canadians.
The Falcons, who came into the game with a 7-2 record, fell by a score of 4-2, despite late pressure.
With both teams coming off shutout victories, a hard-checking game with great goaltending at both ends wasn’t a surprise.
Falcons head coach Frank Girhiny said the play of both goalies was key to the game.
“I thought (Falcons goaltender) Johnny (D’Ilario) was good and the goals weren’t his fault and on the flip side (Welland goalie Chris) Janzen was excellent tonight,” Girhiny said.
A late second-period goal broke a 1-1 tie and the Canadians came out firing in the third, scoring the eventual game-winner just over seven minutes into the final frame.
The Falcons made it close with a goal in the final frame, but couldn’t come back and surrendered the insurance goal, an empty netter, with just under 30 seconds remaining.
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