The Stoney Creek Jr. B Warriors (5-2) defeated the first-place Thorold Blackhawks (9-0-2) 3-2 in a shootout, at the Valley Park Arena on Thursday. With the win the Warriors remain undefeated (4-0) on home-ice.
Warriors goaltender Chris Miniaci put on a show, stopping 46 of 48 shots. Miniaci moves to 4-0 on the season, sits fourth among the top Junior B goaltenders, has lowered his GAA of 2.69 and raised his save percentage to .924.
Stoney Creek’s leading scorer David Ruberto opened the scoring at 4:06 of the first period shorthanded and unassisted. That goal held up for about six minutes until Thorold’s Kurt Zdrilich got that back with his tenth of the season to tie the game at 1-1.
With a minute and a half to play in the period the Warriors Mike Casale would put the Creek up 2-1. Dan Hewko and Myles Falasco picked up the assists. That goal was hard for Thorold to swallow because they outshot the Warriors 20-10 in the first frame and came away down a goal.
Casale’s marker held up until 10:20 of the second period. That’s when Thorold’s Jamie Tyminski tied the game at 2-2. Shots were 10-10.
The teams skated to a scoreless third period thanks to Miniaci’s strong goaltending. The Warriors were out shot 14-2 in the 3rd. In overtime, the Blackhawks held the edge in shots 4-1.
In the shootout, Miniaci stopped all three Thorold shooters.
And in the end, it was defenseman Danny Carter’s turn to play hero. He scored the game winning goal to secure the Warriors in 4th place, and 2-points back of third-place St. Catharines with a game in hand, as well as put his team 3 points out of second place Port Colborne.
Up next for Stoney Creek are two road games.
On Friday October 9th, the Warriors will travel down the QEW to Fort Erie for a 7:15pm game. Sunday October 10th, the boys head down Hwy. 401 to Strathroy for a 11:00am start.