Sherwood’s two goals not enough to save Warriors

The Stoney Creek Warriors dropped a 6-2 decision to the Thorold Blackhawks in Junior B hockey play on Saturday night at Valley Park Arena.

The defeat was the second straight for the Warriors who remain in sixth place in the Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League’s Golden Horseshoe Conference. The Warriors completed a four-game homestead with two wins and two defeats.

With the loss, the Warriors drop to 8-20 on the season. Fort Erie, who is two points behind Stoney Creek in the standings, also lost its game Saturday to conference leading St. Catharines. Buffalo, which sits in last place just one point behind Fort Erie, are in action Sunday hosting Niagara Falls.

The Warriors are also on the road as they travel to Welland Sunday to take on the Canadians.

Roger Sherwood scored the game’s first goal on Saturday game on the Warriors’ first shot of the game. The goal was assisted by Myles Falasca and Jake Bain. Sherwood scored the Warriors second goal. He has now scored the last three goals for Stoney Creek, netting the final goal of the game against Welland.

Both teams fought off penalties until Thorold’s Matthew Hoszko put one in the net at 18:01 of the first period to tie the game at one goal a piece. Stoney Creek was out shot in the period by four to one, with Thorold taking 11 shots while Stoney Creek had only three shots.

The second period belonged to Thorold. Despite getting a bench minor penalty for two many men on the ice, Robert Bentavegna scored short handed to give Thorold the lead.

Minutes later Mackenzie Macavoy stretched Thorold’s lead to two goals scoring on a power play after Warriors’ Brandon Elliott was slapped with a high sticking double minor penalty. The Blackhawks would add one more goal in the period, another power play goal with 14 seconds left, to extend the Warriors’ deficit 4-1.

Less than one minute into the third period Greg Cerilli scored for Thorold, followed by Macavoy with his second of the night just five minutes later.

On the positive side for the Warriors, Mike Casale now has seven points in his last five games, including five goals. Falasca had assists in both goals Saturday and extended his points streak to nine games. Falasca has one goal and 11 assists.