Taking on the top team in the conference is never a fun task, especially when struggling through the season. Tonight the Warriors did just that, struggle. Despite showing signs of life late in the game the St Catharines Falcons defeated the Stoney Creek Warriors 9-1.
Stoney Creek got off to a disastrous start to the game. St Catharines had the upper hand in the opening period, out shooting the Warriors twelve to three. Nick Hovanessian scored first for the Falcons at 11:25 of the period, beating Warriors’ netminder Brock Novak. Stoney Creek’s power play line didn’t make any headway during the opening period either as Luke Karaim scored a short handed goal for St Catharines at 13:22. Broderick Kelly would add a third goal for the Falcons just under two minutes later to give St. Catharines a commanding 3-0 lead going into the first intermission.
The second period wasn’t much better for the Warriors. In fact it got worse.
St Catharines dominated the second period with more force than they did in the first. In the one sided frame the Falcons not only came away with another four goals but also held the Stoney Creek Warriors to just a single shot. By the end of the period the Warriors had fewer shots on net than their opponents had goals scored.
The Warriors showed some signs of life late in the third period but it would prove too little too late. At exactly 15:00 in the period Brandon Elliott scored the Warriors’ lone goal of the game, assisted by Roger Sherwood and Myles Falasca. Nick Hovanessian completed his hat trick on the night and Ben Dubois added another goal for the Falcons as the first place team defeated the Warriors.
Stoney Creek came away with seven shots in the third period, which was more than the first two periods combined. The final shot count for the game saw the Falcons out shoot the Warriors 52-11.
Brandon Elliot’s goal was his third of the season. The Hamilton native has scored two of his three goals in just the last few games, his second goal coming in the 4-3 victory over Buffalo on January 28th.
The Warriors begin a three game road trip tomorrow night as the team heads to the Falls. The game shouldn’t be any easier as the Niagara Falls Canucks are second in the conference and only four points shy of first place.
After that they’ll make stops in Fort Erie and Thorold before returning to Valley Park for their final two games of the season at home. Stoney Creek will host the last place Buffalo Jr Blades and the Thorold Blackhawks in their regular season finales.