The Stoney Creek Warriors winning streak has come to a halt.
After posting back-to-back victories – not something that happens often to the team this season – the Warriors fell 5-3 to the fifth place Welland Canadians at Valley Park Arena on Thursday (Dec. 1). The sixth-place Warriors trail the Canadians by 14 points.
The last time the red, white and blue visited Stoney Creek, the Warriors were dealt a harsh blow – a 7-0 defeat on Oct. 15. The Warriors had beaten the Canadians during the first game of the Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League season series, doubling Welland 4-2 in the Golden Horseshoe Conference meeting.
In this rubber match, Welland struck first, scoring in the latter half of the first period when Matt Vizzari put the puck home for the Canadians at 14:44.
Luke Nogard quickly evened the score for the Warriors, connecting at 2:59 of the middle frame with an unassisted effort. Stoney Creek would get into penalty trouble midway through the second as Jake Milligan took a two-minute penalty for slashing and another two minute minor for unsportsmanlike conduct. Welland would capitalize on the ensuing power play – the first of three such goals on the night – just 18 seconds later, as Chris Langdon reestablished Welland’s lead, 2-1, assisted by Mark Seebach.
Joey Wright leveled the scoreboard at 12:36, assisted by Tyler VanKleef and Mike Casale. But another slashing penalty, and resulting power play, would prove costly. Anthony Marra scored the go ahead goal, just 30 seconds into the man advantage, to put Welland back in the lead 3-2.
Roger Sherwood, with the help of Myles Falasca and Marc Silvestri, once again tied the game for Stoney Creek at 1:25 of the third period. Just under five minutes later the Warriors again got into penalty trouble costing them a goal. Stuart Isnor’s two minute high sticking infraction at 5:02 resulted in the third Welland power play marker.
Welland would add one more goal to defeat Stoney Creek 5-3.
Both teams were even in shots on goal with 28.
Falasca, Casale, VanKleef, Silvestri and Nogard continued their point streaks in the game.
The game was the first without head coach and general manager Ric Nattress, who was replaced by Richard Minken.
On Saturday at 7:30 p.m., the fourth-place Thorold Blackhawks bring their 15-10-1 (wins-losses-overtime losses) record to Valley Park. The 8-10 Warriors are winless against the Blackhawks this season.