The Stoney Creek Warriors scored a hat trick of victories this weekend, with three wins in three nights and regaining first place in the Golden Horseshoe League.
Stoney Creek kicked off the Junior B streak Thursday night with a 9-5 win over the visiting Fort Erie Meteors. The following night (Nov. 9), the Warriors travelled to St. Catharines and handed the Falcons a 5-4 loss. The win was Stoney Creek’s first in four tries this season versus St. Catharines. Returning home for Saturday night, the Warriors paid tribute to local veterans in attendance with a 6-3 win over the Wheatfield Blades.
On Friday night, Jordan Gignac led the charge for the Warriors, who jumped out a 4-0 lead. Also picking up goals were Mike Kavanagh, Andrew Dovey and Jamie Osborne. The Falcons got goals from Ryan Elbers, Riley Sheahan, Vladimir Bessonov and Brandon McGregor. Dylan Ellis turn aside 43 of 47 shots for the win. Steele DeFazio took the loss in nets for the Falcons.
Saturday’s special “We Remember” game honoured Canada’s men and women who have served the country and fought for freedom.
The Warriors looked a little tired in the first period, and the Blades capitalized scoring just over two minutes into the opening frame. Robby McAndrew picked up the power play marker for Wheatfield. Dovey tied the game with a power play marker just over two minutes later, assisted by Kavanagh and Gignac. The Blades regained a one goal lead at the 12:13 mark, with Nathan Foley banging home a rebound. The Warrirors responded at the 13:29 mark with a power play goal scored by Gignac. Kavanagh and Dovey picked up the helpers.
The Warriors finally gained the lead midway through the second period. Kavanagh scored to make it 3-2, with assists to Greg Bryl and Sean Murray. The Blades tied the game at 15:31 when Mark Degiullio scored.
Adam Montgomery scored what proved to be the game winner at the 18:02 mark of the second period. The power play goal was assisted by Osborne and Bryl. The Warriors added two more goals in the third period to make the final 6-3 for Stoney Creek.
Bryl scored his second of the season, assisted by Murray and Dovey. Gignac, who earned first star honours for the third straight game, picked up his second of the game on the power play, with Mike Gibson and Montgomery getting the assists. Garrett Driscoll eared the win in nets for the Warriors. Joseph Johansen took the loss for Wheatfield.
The Warriors are on the road next weekend, with a tilt Saturday, Nov. 17 in Fort Erie. Stoney Creek will head to Port Colborne Nov. 23, and then host the Niagara Falls Canucks Nov. 24 at Stoney Creek Arena. Game time is 7:30 p.m.