The troubles continued for the Stoney Creek Warriors in the home stretch of the Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League's regular season. With just five games remaining in the regular season, the Warriors were shut out by the number two Niagara Falls Canucks 7-0.
Niagara Falls got on the board midway through the first period just passed the midway point of the first period. Canucks' Cam McLean scored what would be the game winning goal at 12:25 to give the home team a 1-0 lead. Three minutes later Cam Stewart, who had an assist on the game's first goal, would also find the back of the net in an unassisted goal at 15:16.
Peter Hermenegildo added two goals for Niagara Falls in the middle stanza, scoring at 10:19 and 17:25 of the period. Ryan Wiley picked up assists on both goals while Drew Berkel and Vito Scaringi each had an assist.
The third period was again the better period for the Warriors as, after being out shot in the first two periods, managed to match the Canucks in shots on net. Warriors' netminder Cole Petsch held the Canucks at bay for the first fourteen minutes of the third before the Canucks picked up the pressure. Vito Scaringi, Aaron Sexton and Ben O Quinn all scored goals within two minutes late in the third period to finish the game.
The loss was the team's third in a row and the first for goalie Gole Petsch, who made his Warriors' debut for the game.
The team travels next to Fort Erie Saturday night at 7:15 to the Leisureplex looking to turn things around as the season winds down. Fort Erie currently sits just two points behind the Warriors in the conference standings so the match up is an important one for both teams.
Stoney Creek finishes the road trip Sunday in Thorold before returning home to Valley Park for their final two games next week.