Warriors shower Meteors to break out of home losing streak

Jordan Gignac scored two goals to lead the Stoney Creek Warriors to a 9-5 victory over the visiting Fort Erie Meteors in GHL action Thursday, Nov. 8. The win on home ice snapped a nasty losing streak for the Warriors, who had dropped five straight games in the confines of Valley Park Arena.

The game also marked the return of the team’s inspirational leader and captain, Mike Kavanagh, who has been sidelined with an injury since Oct. 2. Also returning from injury was Greg Bryl, who has also been out of the line up since early October.

The Warriors opened the scoring early in the first, when Gignac roofed a nice goal over the shoulder of Meteor’s netminder Jeff Broeker.

The Meteors scored two straight power play markers to take the lead. The first goal was netted by Lucas Van Natter late in the first period. Corey Giroux made it 2-1 with his power play goal just 23 seconds into the second frame.

However, the Warriors answered the call with four straight goals to take a 5-2 lead. Sean Murray, Jason Popek, Gignac and Kavanagh netted the goals. Picking up assists were Jordan Winger (2), Murray, Gignac, Riley Steeves, Adam Montgomery and Mike Gibson. The Kavanagh goal was a power play marker.

The Meteors scored a late goal in the second to close the gap to 5-3.

Midway through the third, Steve Walters made it 5-4. However, the Warriors regained a two-goal lead just 21 seconds later when Justin Sanderson netted his first goal of the season. Winger and Montgomery earned the assists.

Stoney Creek put the game out of reach with a flurry of goals over a four minute stretch. Bryl on the power play, Andrew Dovey with a short-handed empty net goal, and David Ruberto made it 9-4 Warriors.

Dan Krug added a late goal to make the final 9-5.

Garrett Driscoll earned the win in nets, facing 44 shots. The Warriors managed 42 shots in the Meteors net.

Stoney Creek will travel to St. Catharines tomorrow (Friday, Nov. 9) and then close out a three-games in three-nights stretch at home Saturday, Nov. 10 when they face the Wheatfield Blades.

The Nov. 10 game is “We Remember” night, as the Warriors will honour the brave men and women who have served our country at home and abroad. This Remembrance Day tribute will feature a Colour Party from the Stoney Creek Legion. All veterans are admitted free. Game time at Valley Park Arena is 7:30 p.m.