The Warriors welcomed the visiting Owen Sound Greys of the Midwestern Conference to Valley Park Saturday night hoping to extend their winning ways to two in a row. The Warriors would not disappoint and treated their hometown fans to a 4-3 victory in Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League play.
Owen Sound would get the first mark on the score sheet at 3:47 of the first period to give the Greys the early lead in the Junior B tilt. But the Warriors would fight back before the midway point in the first. Marc Silvestri put one home for the home team at 8:43 with the help of Marco Mattina and Myles Falasca. Silvestri extended his point streak to four games with the score, making the goal his third in two games. Falasca with the assist extended his own point streak to six games in a row. The points leader has had points in 19 of 25 games.
The Greys retaliated with a quick goal of their own just one minute later to give the lead back to Owen Sound, which they held onto into the intermission.
The second period belonged to the Warriors on the scoreboard. Despite being outshot 11-8, the scoreboard was the friend of Stoney Creek. Mike Casale scored for the Warriors at 7:20 of the middle period while Tyler VanKleef scored his first of the night just under ten minutes later. Stoney Creek took their first lead of the night into the second intermission.
Late in the third period Stoney Creek took two penalties less than one minute apart to give Owen Sound a five on three power play and the Greys took full advantage. Fourty two seconds into the two man advantage Greys’ defenceman Jordan Pettitt scored an unassited power play goal. Just like that, and with less than four minutes left in the game, the score was all tied at three goals a piece.
However the Warriors would not go down without a fight and, while still on the same penalty kill now one man down, Tyler VanKleef scored a shorthanded, unassisted goal, his second of the game to give Stoney Creek a huge 4-3 lead.
Stoney Creek managed to hold on for the victory, their second in a row, in front of an ecstatic home crowd.
Stoney Creek improved to eight wins and 18 losses. With the victory, coupled with a loss by Fort Erie earlier in the evening, the team took sole possession of sixth place in the conference.
After a few days off the Warriors will welcome the Welland Canadiens to Valley Park Arena on Thursday, Dec. 1 as their homestand continues. The teams have split their season series one game a piece so far. Game time is 7:30pm.