Stoney Creek Warriors look to bounce back

The Stoney Creek Warriors traveled ‘south’ of the border but came home without any bargains. When they departed Buffalo on Tuesday (Nov. 22) the Junior Blades had a 6-4 victory in the Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League’s Golden Horseshoe Conference contest.

The result left the Warriors in eighth and last spot in the conference standings with 12 points. The Blades climb above the Warriors by one point in the standings. While both teams have the same win-loss record of six wins and 18 losses, Buffalo has played one more game this season with an overtime loss.

The first half of the opening period was dominated by the Blades, throwing eight shots at the Warriors’ net before Stoney Creek registered its first shot on goal. However, that first shot found the back of the net when Mike Casale scored on a power play, assisted by Myles Falasca and Roger Sherwood at 11:53.

Buffalo responded on its very next shot to tie the game a minute later. The teams traded goals before the end of the period with Joey Wright scoring at 15:14 followed by a Buffalo goal three minutes later.

Buffalo out-shot Stoney Creek, 15-9, in the first period.

The tie lasted through the first half of the second period before the Blades took their first lead of the night. Alex Hahn scored a power play goal followed by Andy Sturtz to give Buffalo a two-goal lead. Casale scored his second goal of the night, unassisted, in the final minute of the period to pull Stoney Creek within one goal.

Buffalo out-shot Stoney Creek, 14-11, in the period.

The Blades grabbed another two-goal lead early in the third period. Dylan Gethicker beat Warriors’ goalie Joe Lepara at 4:37. Jake Milligan brought the Warriors to within one goal again at 6:41 with an unassisted marker but it would prove not to be enough as Buffalo added another goal on their way to the victory.

Despite the final score, the Stoney Creek Warriors actually out shot Buffalo 36-35. The Warriors threw nearly three times the number of shots at Buffalo’s net in the third than did the Blades on Stoney Creek’s net.

Stoney Creek returns home this Thursday night (Nov. 24) for the first game of a four-game homestead, hosting the Fort Erie Meteors. The Meteors are two points ahead of the Warriors in the standings. Stoney Creek leads the season series thus far two games to one, winning the last two meetings between the two teams.

Game time is 7:30 p.m. at Valley Park Arena.