Three Warriors scored multiple goals, including Max Lindsay’s within 15 seconds, on the way to a blowout as Stoney Creek doubled the Buffalo Junior Blades 10-5.
Myles Falasca and Marc Silvestri also scored a pair of goals in the Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League win. Each player also had a pair of assists in the Golden Horseshoe Conference junior B affair on Tuesday (Jan. 10).
It was the first four-point night for Silvestri this season and only his second game with more than one goal. It was Falasca’s second four-point night this year. His first came in September, also in Buffalo.
Joseph Monticchio also had a milestone with his first points as a Warrior – a goal and an assist.
Also scoring for the Warriors were Roger Sherwood, Harry Polyoka (with two assists), and Marco Mattina.
With their 11th win of the season, the Warriors increased their sixth-place lead over Fort Erie by three points. The Warriors also have two games in hand.
Goals by Jon Haun and Joe Johnson gave Buffalo a 2-0 lead by 12:30 of the opening period. Falasca cut the margin in half two minutes later but Chris Kinney would restore the two-goal margin with the Junior Blades second power play goal of the period at 17:07.
Falasca’s goal was hot off the heels of his appearance the previous night in the first of two GOJHL All-Star Games. In the game Falasca picked up an early assist in a goal that tied the contest.
Stoney Creek’s comeback started in the second period when scored his two goals at 5:50 and 6:04 to quickly tie the game.
Just over five minutes later the Warriors would take their first lead of the night. Monticchio got his first point as a Warrior, in just his third game with the club, at 11:11.
Buffalo came back with two straight goals by Chad Kujawa and Dylan Gethicker, the first short handed and the other on the power play, putting the Junior Blades back on top.
Falasca scored the tying goal at 17:34 of the second period.
Fifty-four seconds was all that the Warriors would need to grab the lead as a pair of Warriors scored within the first minute of the third period. Sherwood put the puck in the net just 21 seconds into the period, followed by Polyoka 33 seconds later.
Silvestri added a pair of goals at 8:55 and 12:10 to further extend the Warriors’ lead 9-5. Mattina finished off the night for Stoney Creek with the game’s final goal unassisted at 15:40.
Stoney Creek outshot the last-place Junior Blades, 43-27.
The Warriors return home to Valley Park Arena on Thursday (Jan 12) to face the Port Colborne Pirates. The conference leading St Catharine Falcons visit Stoney Creek on Saturday night. Both games start at 7:30pm.