Three allowed goals within the first 10 minutes of play were too much for Stoney Creek to overcome as the Warriors dropped a 6-3 Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League game to the St. Catharines Falcons.
Luke Karaim, who scored twice, and Ben Dubois put the conference-leading Falcons up 3-0 by the 7.11 mark of Saturday’s (Jan. 14) game.
Marc Silvestri and Mike Casale lifted the Warriors right back into it within five minutes. Silvestri found the back of the net on the power play at 10:42 following a high sticking penalty to the Falcons. Mike Casale, who had an assist on the first goal, scored less than two minutes later to cut the lead to just one goal.
However, Spencer DeWolfe and Kenny Bradford would score for St Catharine’s to end the period.
After a scoreless second period, Jake Milligan got things going for the Warriors just 31 seconds into the period. Off the sticks of Luke Nogard and Max Lindsay, Milligan found the back of the net to make it 5-3 for the Falcons. The goal was Milligan’s second in two games and fourth point in the last three.
But Matt Melo would score one final goal for St. Catharines in the latter half of the period to close out the game.
With his two points on the night Casale has had at least a point in his last six games. Silvestri also extended his points streak to four games. The Dundas native has scored four goals and three assists in the stretch.
Stoney Creek was outshot, 28-20.
Though the team came out on the losing end of the game Stoney Creek held onto sixth place in the Golden Horseshoe Conference. The Fort Erie Meteors, who are four points behind the Warriors, also lost, 6-1, to Thorold the same night.