Stoney Creek out-shot the competition in a hard fought game, but couldn’t convert enough into goals as the Warriors lost to Port Colborne 8-3.
Stoney Creek got on the scoreboard first with a power play goal by Mike Casale at 6:02 of the first period. Assisted by Tyler VanKleef and Myles Falasca, Casale capitalized on Pirates’ Nick Schiro who was slapped with a penalty and a game misconduct for head contact.
What followed the brief celebration from Stoney Creek was an onslaught of goals from the Pirates. Despite being outshot, the Port Colborne Pirates scored seven unanswered goals in the next forty minutes before the Warriors lit the red light again.
With a 7-1 deficit in the third, and the Pirates already adding a goal in the period, Jake Milligan scored a huge power play goal for the Warriors, and his second of the season, at 7:03. Roger Sherwood then scored a short handed goal for the Warriors with two minutes left in the game. Sherwood earned his fifth point in four games with the goal and continued a four game point streak. It wouldn’t prove to be enough though as Port Colborne took the game.
Stoney Creek out shot Port Colborne 36 to 27.
Mike Casale also extended his point streak to four games with goal and assist while Myles Falasca added two more assists giving him seven points in the last five games.
With the tough loss the Warriors sit tied for last place in the Golden Horseshoe Conference with the Fort Erie Meteors with a record of 5 wins and 16 losses. Both teams have ten points.
Things won’t get any easier for the team tomorrow when they return home to Valley Park Arena at 7:30pm. While the loss to the second place Pirates may be hard to take, the Warriors are set to host the third place Niagara Falls Canucks Saturday night. The Pirates and Canucks are separated by just two points in the standings and Niagara Falls is riding into town on a three game winning streak, having just defeated Welland Friday night.
The Warriors are winless this season against the Canucks. In the pair’s latest game last week the Warriors came within one goal of victory, trailing 3-2 late in the third period, before an empty net goal sealed victory for Niagara Falls.
Stoney Creek looks to end their five game losing streak Saturday night.