Warriors fall behind early, fail to recover

STONEY CREEK – Four first period goals from the Canucks were more than enough as Niagara Falls defeated the Stoney Creek Warriors, 5-2, on Saturday (Jan. 21) at Valley Park Arena.

Despite the Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League loss, the Warriors held on to their sixth place position in the Golden Horseshoe Conference. Stoney’s Creek record of 11 wins, 26 losses and three overtime losses is good for 25 points, two more than seventh-place Fort Erie Meteors. And the Warriors have played one less game.

Niagara Falls improved on their second place standing and is eight points behind the leading St. Catharine’s Falcons.
The Warriors have a rough road ahead of them as the season winds down. Eight of the remaining 11 games featuring teams higher up in the standings and Stoney Creek will face St Catharines and Niagara Falls twice more.

After Jamie Cardamone opened the scoring for Niagara Falls at 5:58 of the first period, the trio of Cam Stewart, Ben O’Quinn and Cam McLean made a lethal combination. The three Canucks registered a goal and two assists each before the end of the frame.

A scoreless second period left the Stoney Creek Warriors trailing 4-0 after 40 minutes.

The Warriors found their footing early in the third period. A trio of roughing penalties late in the second period carried over to the final frame. Myles Falasca took advantage of the man up and 18 seconds into the period scored.

Roger Sherwood added another goal for Stoney Creek six minutes later, but not before Garrett Gallardi had scored a power play counter for Niagara Falls one minute earlier.

Stoney Creek kept page with Niagara Falls through the game, out shooting the Canucks in all three periods and finished with a 40-38 advantage.

After a few days off the Warriors will open a three-games-in-three-days stretch, welcoming the Thorold Blackhawks to Valley Park Arena on Thursday night (Jan. 26) at 7:30pm. The team will travel to Niagara Falls on Friday before returning home Saturday night to host the Buffalo Junior Blades.