The Stoney Creek Warriors completed a three-game sweep of the pesky Wheatfield Jr. Blades with a 4-2 win at Valley Park Arena on Thursday (Oct 11).
The Warriors played three straight games against their US rivals, starting with a 6-5 win last Saturday, Oct. 6. On October 9, the Warriors travelled to Buffalo State College Arena and handed the Blades a 9-5 drubbing. The third game of the mini-series was played back in Stoney Creek Oct. 11.
The two teams exchanged goals in a tightly-contested first period. Jordan Gignac put the Warriors up 1-0 at the 14:10 mark, on a pretty feed from Cayle Creen and Mike Gibson. Wheatfield responded just 23 seconds later to tie the game when Chris Fabozzi banged home a loose puck in front of Warriors’ netminder Garrett Driscoll. Scott Retzlaff and Mike Pratt earned the assists.
The Warriors took a two goal lead early in the second period. Mitchell Merante, after a tenacious drive to the net, scored at the 3:28 mark. Adam Montgomery and Jordan Poole picked up the assists.
Jesse Healy scored the eventual game winner at the 8:17 mark, assisted by David Ruberto and Merante. Daniel Kaufman brought the Blades to within one goal at the 14:12 mark. JP Witkop and Tysen Azevedo picked up the assists. Jamie Osborne put the game out of reach at the 13:05 mark of the third while the Warriors enjoyed a powerplay. Gignac and Jake Lyons earned the assists.
Driscoll earned the win in net, his fourth of the season. Brian Kalczynski took the loss for Wheatfield. The Warriors out-scored the Blades 19-12 over the three games.
Stoney Creek will look to avenge last week’s loss to St. Catharines as they host the Falcons at Valley Park Arena Oct. 13. Game time is 7:30 p.m.