The Warriors held the Canucks to just one goal as Stoney Creek defeated Niagara Falls 2-1 in a shoot out.
There was a lot on the line Saturday night as the Warriors skated into Valley Park Arena. Stoney Creek looked to end a five game losing streak, three game losing streak at home and climb out of last place in the conference. After being blown out in their last two games the team was also playing for pride.
The team came out flying right off the opening face off as Myles Falasca scored just 47 seconds into the game, assisted by Luke Nogard and Lucas Triemstra. The goal gave the crowd something to cheer about early and put hope into the air at Valley Park. The Warriors would hold onto the lead into the first intermission.
Early in the second period a hooking penalty would cost Stoney Creek a goal as Vito Scaringi put the puck into the net for the Canucks, tying the game at one goal a piece. The goalies put on a clinic for the rest of regulation as the teams went scorless in the third period.
Overtime seemed to light a fire under the Warriors as the team came out flying. The four on four overtime started as three on three as Stewart and Casale sat in the penalty box at the end of regulation. Despite the increased intensity and speed of both teams, no goals were scored in the overtime period and the game went to a shoot out.
Shooters for Niagara Falls and Stoney Creek missed in the first round, while both scored for both teams in the second round. Drew Berkel and Roger Sherwood had goals in the second round. Niagara Falls sent Cam McLean to centre ice in the third round but his shot was turned away by Joe Lepera. The miss put the hopes of the entire team, and Valley Park Arena, in the hands of Myles Falasca as he skated up the centre ice.
Falasca, who scored the lone goal for the Warriors, skated up across the ice and up to the net, burying the puck and giving Stoney Creek a much needed victory over Niagara Falls.
With the win Stoney Creek breaks their losing streak and move out of last place in the Golden Horseshoe Conference. The Warriors are tied with Fort Erie for seventh place, one point above Buffalo.
Next up the Warriors look to build when they travel to Chatham to take on the Maroons on Sunday November 20th at 7:00pm.