Port Colborne Pirates, who have twice as many wins this season as Stoney Creek, ran into a stubborn Warriors team on Thursday (Jan. 12) in a see-saw affair.
The third-place Pirates, with 22 wins in the Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League, needed a shoot out to grab a 5-4 decision from the Warriors, who have 11 wins in the Golden Horseshoe Conference and hold down sixth spot.
Stoney Creek picked up a point in the shoot out loss to increase its lead over Fort Erie to four points.
After a scoreless first period, the teams exchanged power plays goals – Dayne Phillips scoring for the Pirates and Myles Falasca for the Warriors. It was Falasca’s fifth goal in five games.
Jake Milligan gave Stoney Creek the lead at 8:55 of the period. Defenceman Luke Nogard picked up an assist on the play for his seventh point in the last four games. Less than two minutes later Bryan Komasara found the back of the net for Port Colborne to even the game at two goals a piece.
Another costly penalty for Port Colborne was converted into a goal for Stoney Creek when Pirates’ forward Jordan Warren was assessed a holding penalty and a misconduct for abuse of officials at 14:28. Max Lindsay scored the power play goal less than 30 seconds later.
But the Pirates evened the score early in the third period on yet another power play tally. After Kyle Dube was penalized for high sticking, Zach DeConcilys scored at 4:57. Almost exactly 10 minutes later Marco Mattina restored Stoney Creek’s lead with five minutes left in the game.
Port Colborne managed one more goal at 17:19 to force an unsuccessful overtime.
Roger Sherwood scored in the shoot out for the Warriors but his lone tally was nullified when DeConcilys and Mark Lucata scored for the Pirates.
Next up for the Warriors is another home contest on Saturday night (Jan.14) when the Warriors will welcome conference leading St. Catharine’s to Valley Park Arena at 7:30 p.m.