Tyler VanKleef and Max Lindsay score bookend goals in a hard-fought game as the Stoney Creek Warriors lost 4-2 to the St. Catharines Falcons.
The team came into Jack Gatecliff Rink with an even 2-2 record on a two week road trip. In Stoney Creek’s fifth and final game on the road, the Warriors looked to come home Saturday with a victory.
Tyler VanKleef got the Warriors on the scoreboard early with a power play goal at 3:46 of the first period just 21 seconds after Falcons forward Jesse Miller was given two minutes for roughing. Marc Silvestri and Brandon Vuic picked up assists on the goal. Stoney Creek held on to the lead into the first intermission.
Things would come apart for the Warriors in the second period. The Falcons scored early in the second on a power play, putting one in the net after just 34 seconds. St. Catharines would score four unanswered goals during the middle twenty minutes to steal the lead into the second intermission 4-1.
Stoney Creek came out hot into the third period throwing thirteen shots at Falcon’s netminder Brad Pope. Max Lindsay answered for the Warriors at 11:50, assisted by Kyle Phibbs and Marc Silvestri. While the defence only allowed St. Catharines two shots in the entire third period, it wasn’t enough as the St. Catharines Falcons held on to take the game 4-2.
With the loss the Warriors drop to 4-10-0 in a tie for 6th place with Fort Erie. St. Catharines improves to 11-1-0 and holds top spot in the conference.
Stoney Creek returns home to Valley Park Arena Saturday night at 7:30pm when the Warriors face the Welland Jr. Canadians. The last time the two teams met in Welland the Warriors won the game 4-2. Welland is two points ahead of Stoney Creek in the standings but a victory Saturday night would put the teams in a tie for fifth place.