It was a must win for the Warriors who invaded the Leisureplex in Fort Erie. With both teams neck and neck in the standings Stoney Creek needed a win to stay above Fort Erie, and they did just that knocking off the Meteors, 4-2, in come-from-behind fashion in Golden Horseshoe Junior B hockey play on Saturday (Dec. 17).
Fort Erie took a 2-0 lead on goals from Nik Passero (3:30 into the opening period) and Andrew Ansell midway through the second period. Ansell also assisted on the first goal.
Jake Milligan put momentum back in Stoney Creek’s favour with his score with less than two minutes left in the period. Luke Nogard and Max Lindsay picked up assists.
The third period was all Warriors on the score sheet. Though the Meteors fired off 12 shots on net during the final 20 minutes, Warriors goalie Brock Novak put up a wall and turned away all the home team’s efforts.
A trio of goals from Tyler VanKleef, Mike Casale (short handed) and Myles Falasca in the final frame sealed the Warriors victory.
The Meteors’ Passero was assessed a major head contact penalty, a head contact game misconduct, and an abuse of officials game misconduct with 20 seconds left in the game
The victory puts the sixth-place Warriors (21 points) three points up on the Meteors while the team inches closer to fifth place Welland (30 points). That gap has now been cut to nine points. Welland had the night off.
The Warriors will host the Meteors for the second part of their home and home series next Thursday. Puck drop for the game comes Thursday night at 7:30pm from Valley Park Arena. The game will be the last of the year before the teams takes a break for the holidays.