Goaltender Matt Sagrott put up a heroic effort for his Stoney Creek teammates but the Warriors still ended up on the sort end of a 5-4 overtime loss to the Niagara Canucks.
Sagrott was peppered with 42 shots in the Golden Horseshoe Conference game as the Junior B Warriors were left with a 5-3-1 record after Saturday night’s home loss, although Stoney Creek has yet to lose on home ice in regulation time. The Canucks improved to 7-3-2.
Stoney Creek managed 36 shots on net.
The Warriors’ Ryan Wilkinson opened the scoring with the only goal of the first period at 14:49. Luke Watson and David Ruberto picked up the assists.
The second period produced a total of five goals. The Canucks David Grant scored his first of two goals at the 5:08 mark. But Watson picked up his second of three points on the night by setting up Myles Falasca at 6:42 to give the Warriors a 2-1 lead. Zach Pilote would tie the game at 10:15.
Watson scored to put Stoney Creek up 3-2 with David Ruberto (7 goals, 10 assists) and Ryan Wilkinson picking up their second points on the night. Not to be out done, the Canucks tied things up when David Mathers scored with 18 seconds left in the second period.
The two teams traded goals in the third. Warrior Dan Hewko scored on the powerplay at 8:37 from Mike Casale and Tyler Mayea. The Canucks Brett Foy tied the game with 90 seconds remaining.
In overtime, David Grant fired home his second goal of the game at 3:53 giving Niagara Falls the win.
The Warriors next home game is Thursday, Oct. 21 when the Fort Erie Meteors visit Valley Park Arena with the faceoff set for 7.30 p.m.