The St Catharine’s Falcons are a formidable foe in the Golden Horseshoe Conference. The Falcons lead the conference with seventy points which is more than twice that of the Warriors. While the team is leading strongly, the first place team has stumbled as of late losing two of their passed three games. The juggernaught did not falter Friday night though as the top team shut out the Warriors 8-0.
The Warriors couldn’t find their groove during the game. Stoney Creek were held to just nine shots in the entire sixty minutes while St Catharines had eclipsed that shot total before the end of the opening period. The Falcons took the early lead just over five minutes into the contest and never looked back.
Tyler Jackson found the back of the net for St Catharines twice early in the first period. Jackson first scored at 6:44 of the period which he followed up with at 9:59. In the period Stoney Creek was out shot three to one. The Falcons out shot the Warriors fifteen shots to five.
Warriors defenceman Joseph Monticchio was hit with a holding penalty in the opening minute of the second period giving the Falcons the man advantage. The Falcons took advantage with a quick power play goal by Aaron Taylor at 2:08. Taylor lit the goal lamp again at 15:38 in the second to give the St Catharines Falcons a 4-0 lead going into the second intermission. St Kits out shot the Warriors eighteen to two in the middle frame.
Curtis Longland scored the first of four goals for the Falcons to open the third period. Jesse Miller, Spence DeWolfe and Dan MacEachern all scored in the third.
Despite the final score both teams played a disciplined game with very little penalties being dished out. Stoney Creek and St Catharines combined for just ten penalty minutes.
Next up the Warriors will welcome the Welland Canadians to Valley Park Arena Saturday night. Game time is 7:30pm at the rink.