The conference leading Thorold Blackhawks wasted no time introducing themselves to the Stoney Creek Jr. B Warriors Saturday night at Valley Park Arena enroute to a 4-3 shoot out win.
Thorold fired 15, first period shots at starting goaltender Matt Sagrott. The ‘Hawks Jamie Tyminiski potted his 14th and 15th goals of the year to give Thorold a 2-0 lead after one period.
Ian Fairgrieve scored his 12th of the year at 1:13 of the second period to give the Blackhawks a very comfortable 3-0 lead.
Warriors’ head Coach Ric Nattress decided it was time to make a goaltending change and replaced Sagrott who stopped 18 of 21 shots. Marcus DelConte took over.
The change and power play opportunities seemed to rally the troops.
First at 9:48, Stoney Creek’s Myles Falasca counted his 12th of the season on the power play from David Ruberto and Jason Shaw.
Then at 17:35 Mike Casale scored his 13th, from Marcus Ruberto and Shaw to make the score 3-2 Thorold after two periods.
Early in the third period the Warriors completed the comeback when Luke Nogard evened the game at 3-3 with his 10th of the year (in only 16 games). David Ruberto picked up his second assist of the night.
Overtime solved nothing which meant that Ian Fairgrieve’s shootout goal would stand up as the game winning goal for Thorold.
DelConte stopped all 19 shots he faced, including overtime. The Warriors were outshot, 38-22.
The Warriors next home game is Thursday, Dec. 23 against the Welland Canadians.