Warriors stage comeback for shootout victory

On an evening that saw former Stoney Creek Jr. B Warriors Kevin Rebello and Jordan Gignac recognized for their outstanding achievements while playing in Stoney Creek, there was no way the current team was going to let the Welland Canadians spoil all the fun.

Especially after the Canadians beat them last week, snapping a five-game, home winning streak. But it did take a shoot-out before the Warriors could claim a 4-3 victory.

Stoney Creek (15-12-3) found themselves down 1-0 when Welland’s Mike Reilly scored at 4:05 of the first period. At 15:47 of the second period the Canadians Jeff Verreault scored to put Welland (16-10-5) up by two.

Very early in the third frame while on the power play Stoney Creek’s leading scorer, David Ruberto, potted his 12th from Mike Casale and Jason Shaw. Forty-five seconds later, the Warriors’ Brad Kobryn tied the game with his third of the season. Tyler VanKleef and Jason Shaw picked up the assists.

Welland’s Chris Rivest didn’t waste any time restoring the Canadian’s lead when he scored at 2:20.

Brad Kobryn notched his second second goal (fourth of the season in his eighth game) with one second left to play, sending the game into overtime. Marcus Ruberto and Jason Shaw picked up the helpers. For Shaw it was his third assist of the night and 14th of the year (17 points).

Overtime, while exciting, didn’t solve anything, which meant the game would be decided in a shootout. In round six, Marcus Ruberto scored the winning goal to complete Stoney Creek’s comeback.

Marcus DelConte was solid again in goal for for Stoney Creek. Each team had 29 shots on goal.

The Warriors next home game at Valley Park Arena is Thursday, Dec. 30. Game time is 7:30 p.m.