A visit to the Thorold Community Arena/Frank Doherty Arena resulted in a less than favourable result for the struggling Stoney Creek Warriors. The game started off even between the two teams for the opening twenty minutes, but a pair of Thorold goals in the middle frame proved too much as the Warriors dropped their third straight game 3-1.
After both goalies turned away countless opportunities in the first ten minutes, Thorold forward Adrian Copeland broke the stalemate with a goal at 10:46 of the period. The lead would be short-lived as Warriors’ captain Jake Milligan evened the score for the visiting team just minutes later. The Brantford native tallied his third goal of the season at 16:37 of the period to give the Warriors life.
Stoney Creek, who have typically trailed their opponents in shots, held their own in the first period and went shot-for-shot with the second place team. The second period would be a turning point in the game though, and not in Stoney Creek’s favour.
Blackhawks’ forward Mackenzie McAvoy put Thorold up with his goal at 6:04. Then former Stoney Creek Warrior Myles Falasca scored his second goal in two games to give the Blackhawks a two goal lead. The power play goal was scored at 18:59.
Both teams stepped up defensively in the third period with combined shots between the two teams barely more than half that from the first period. With no more goals scored Thorold held on to defeat a determined Warriors squad 3-1.
The loss extends the Warriors’ losing streak to three games. Cordell James and Zach Nieminen picked up assists on Jake Milligan’s lone goal for Stoney Creek. Brendan Polasek made 26 saves on 29 shots between the pipes for the Warriors.
Stoney Creek will have an extended break to regroup with their next game not taking place for nine days. The Warriors will welcome the Buffalo Junior Blades to Valley Park Arena. Game time is set for 7:30pm.