Brock Novak stopped all eighteen shots in his second shut out of the season as the Stoney Creek Warriors took down the Buffalo Junior Blades 5-0.
Myles Falasca opened the scoring for Stoney Creek just fifty one seconds into the first period. The team points leader netted his third straight game with one or more points and his twenty ninth goal of the season. Brandon Elliot picked up his seventh assist on the play. Just passed the mid mark of the opening period Mike Casale found the back of the net at 13:55 to double the lead to two goals.
Just over a minute later Brandon Elliot lit the lamp, scoring his sixth goal of the season. Myles Falasca, who had the opening goal in which Elliot picked up an assist, earned the assist for the goal. The Warriors had a 3-0 lead going into the first intermission.
Brandon Elliott added his second goal of the game at 1:41 of the second period. The goal was Elliot’s first game scoring three points or more. Roger Sherwood and Myles Falasca, who added his third point of the game, picked up assists. Mike Casale scored for Stoney Creek, finding the back of the net just fifteen seconds later. The goal was Casale’s second goal of the game.
With no scoring in the third period the Warriors held on to take the game 5-0
Stoney Creek out shot Buffalo in all three periods. The Warriors had 37 shots on net through the period, nearly double the Blades’ 18 shots.
The season is coming to close in Stoney Creek with just one final home game left in the regular season. The Warriors will face either Thorold or Port Colborne in the first round of the playoffs. Port Colborne trails the Blackhawks by just two points and has five games left to play. Thorold meanwhile has only three games remaining, one of them in Stoney Creek. If both teams were to win all of their remaining games the Pirates would finish two points ahead and challenge the Warriors in the first round.
The playoff series will be an uphill battle for the Warriors, who have struggled this season against both teams.
The Thorold Blackhawks set foot in Valley Park Arena for the final game of the season for both them and Stoney Creek Warriors next Saturday night. Game time is at 7:30pm.