Pirates scuttle Warriors in Jr. B hockey

Lots of goals were scored and that usually means a victory for the Stoney Creek Jr. B Warriors. But something happened on the way to the rink and the Warriors offense was left behind as the Pirates hammered the Warriors, 8-3, on Sunday (Sept. 26).

The result stopped the Warriors’ win streak at three games.

Port Colborne (4-1-1) opened the scoring on the power play in the first period when Dayne Phillips scored from Charlie Izaguirre and Michael Cordi at 5:16. That was all the scoring in the first 20 minutes of the Golden Horseshoe Conference game.

The Pirates leading offensive weapon, Dillon Rivier, had a four-point afternoon, and scored his first goal at the 6:00 minute mark of the second period for a two goal lead. Pat Clifford and Jesse Sheppard had three-point afternoons and Zach DeConcilys scored twice for Port Colborne.

Stoney Creek’s leading scorer, Marcus Ruberto (3 goals and 9 assists), had a two-point game.

The Warriors Luke Watson scored his third goal of the season on the power play, cutting the Pirates lead in half at 2-1. Gavin Shantz picked up the lone assist.

DeConcilys would make it 3-1 before Stoney Creek’s Myles Falasco would get one back on the power play from Ruberto.

Jake Noel’s third goal of the season and Rivier’s 10th late in the period put Port Colborne ahead 5-2 going into the second intermission.

Ruberto opened the scoring in the third period from Mike Casale and Anthony Whitwell, closing the gap to 5-3. But that’s as close as the Warriors would come.

Clifford, DeConcilys and Sheppard rounded out the scoring in the final frame as Port Colborne outshot Stoney Creek 38-27.

The fourth-place Warriors still hold a game in hand on the Pirates, and the undefeated first place Thorold Blackhawks.

The Warriors (3-2) now begin a 3-game home stand. First up are the second-place St. Catharines Falcons on Thursday (Sept. 30). On Saturday (Oct. 2) the St. Marys Lincolns (Western Conference) invade Valley Park. On Thursday, Oct. 7, Thorold will visit Stoney Creek. All games start at 7:30 p.m. at the Valley Park Arena.

In the 2008-09 season the Warriors won the Conference Championship and were Sutherland Cup Finalists. In 2009-10 season, Stoney Creek again won the Conference and made an appearance at the Sutherland Cup.