The Stoney Creek Warriors rebounded from a tough 3-0 home loss Oct. 18, and halted their longest losing streak of the season at two games.
Playing a home-and-home series with Port Colborne, Stoney Creek dropped the front end Oct. 18 with one of their worst performances of the season. However, the Warriors rebounded Oct. 19 in Port Colborne with a solid effort.
Missing power forwards Mike Kavanagh and Greg Bryl, along with veteran defenceman Sean Murray, Stoney Creek got on the board early and never looked back. David Ruberto got things rolling just 44 seconds into the opening period, when he connected from Jake Lyons and Andrew Dovey. GHL league scoring leader Dovey made it 2-0 at the 5:88 mark, as he beat Sailors netminder Brendan Sullivan with a hart wrist shot from the front of the net. D. Ruberto and Riley Steeves picked up the assists.
Port Colborne narrowed the gap to 2-1 when Tanner McGowan slipped one past Warriors netminder Garrett Driscoll at the 6:12 mark of the third. Adam Montgomery put the game out of reach at the 18:19 mark, when he scored a powerplay marker assisted by Dovey and Cayle Creen.
Driscoll was solid in net, turning aside 29 of 30 shots.
Brad Borgatti and Jamie Osborne had an entertaining scrap in the second. This was the Warriors first fight of the season. Strong performances by the Kid Line – Marcus Ruberto, Jordan Winger and Jason Popek, as well as defencemen Aaron Gorka and Cayle Creen.
The Warriors were forced to kill off 10 powerplays, including two extended five-on-threes. Penalty minutes were 29 for Stoney Creek, and 15 for Port Colborne.
The Warriors are back in action tonight (Oct. 20) at home when they face off against the Niagara Falls Canucks. Game time at Valley Park Arena is 7:30 p.m.