After Friday night’s tough loss to St Catharines, the Warriors returned home to the familiar ice of Valley Park Arena looking to bounce back with a win. With only seven games left in the regular season Stoney Creek the Warriors can no longer catch Welland in the standings and need to refocus their attention on keeping ahead of Fort Erie, who sit three points below the team. Stoney Creek ran into trouble on the night as they were unable to claim victory as they were downed by the Canadians 4-1.
Welland got off to an early lead in the game as Robbie Lepine scored a power play goal at 6:31 of the first period. The goal came just a minute into a hooking penalty to Myles Falasca. The one goal lead would last until midway through the second period when Falasca made amends by evening the score. Off the stick of fellow all-star Mike Casale, Myles Falasca found the back of the net at 8:43 of the second period.
Four minutes later in the second period Welland’s Adam Mataya restored the Canadian’s lead at 12:28. Braden Curry, who is tied for second on the team in goals scored, added a second goal in the period for Welland at the 16:00 mark.
Chris Langdon scored his tenth goal of the season for the Canadians at 8:26 of the final period to cap off Welland’s 4-1 victory over the Stoney Creek Warriors.
The final stretch for the Warriors will be a tough run as the team faces the top two teams in the conference once more in the last six games. Stoney Creek will face the Blackhawks twice in the stretch, once at home and once in Thorold. Fort Erie and Buffalo round out the season.
If the playoffs were to start today the Warriors would be facing the Port Colborne Pirates, whom the defeated in their last encounter. If Thorald surges in their last few games, two of which are against the Wariors, then Stoney Creek may face the Blackhawks instead.
Stoney Creek’s next game comes Thursday night when the Warriors will welcome conference leading St Catharine’s to Valley Park Arena. The Warriors have yet to defeat the Falcons this season, with three of those losses coming with with eight goals against.
Puck drop is 7:30pm Thursday.