Canucks blank Panthers
The Pelham Panthers hung tough for two periods against the visiting Niagara Falls Canucks Tuesday night before falling 5-0 in Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League Golden Horseshoe Conference action.
“The first period was pretty uneventful, but the second period we outshot them 17-2 and we just couldn’t put the puck in the net,” Canucks head coach Frank Pietrangelo said. “It ended up being a longer night than we expected.”
He agreed it’s frustrating and difficult for a team not to start squeezing their sticks a little tighter when a game remains closer than it should be.
“You want to try and avoid that because the bottom line is it’s still 2-0 after two periods and with a bounce here and there, the game could turn the other way around.
“We tried to be patient, we knew we were playing well and we knew it would be a matter of time before we put the puck in the net.”
Niagara Falls ended up outshooting Pelham 34-11 in the game and receiving a pair of goals from Garrett Downie and singles from Harrison Cottam, Frank Pucci and Justin Kyle. Cottam had two assists in the third period and Jag Masters also contributed a pair of helpers. Zack Moore recorded the shutout to improve to 3-1 on the season and lower his goals against average to 2.25, good enough for sixth in the GOJHL. Dillon Lamarche made 29 stops for the Panthers.
Next up for the third-place Canucks (8-3-0-1) is a Friday 7:30 p.m. home game against the first-place and defending champion Caledonia Corvairs (11-2-1-0).
“They’re obviously the measuring stick in this league,” Pietrangelo said. “We have been playing really well this month — we have one overtime loss and the rest have been wins — so it will be a good test for us to see where we sit against a good team like Caledonia.”
When the two teams last met Sept. 17, the Corvairs won 8-3 at home, thanks to outscoring Niagara Falls 5-0 in the second period.
“I think we are a much-improved team than what we were back then and our record shows that,” Pietrangelo said. “Having said that, they are the best team and you have to have everything clicking for you in order to compete against them,” he said. “Hopefully, we will bring our A game.”
Falcons 10 Regals 1
The St. Catharines Falcons improved to 10-1-0-1 in Golden Horseshoe action Tuesday night with a 10-0 road win over the winless and hapless Buffalo Regals.
Scoring goals or multiple points for St. Catharines were: Matt Marinier, a goal and three assists; Greg DiTomaso, Mitchell Webb and Patrick MacDonald, one goal and two setups; Riley McCourt and Ty Learn, goal and assist; James Guest and Jacob Reeves, Lyam Cripps and Tanner Ferreira, goals; and, Romaeo D’Intino, two helpers. Ethan Slobodzian made 21 saves to pick up the win in goal.
John Mueller replied for Buffalo.
The Falcons play host to Ancaster Friday at 7 p.m. Former Niagara IceDog Nick Pastorious is slated to make his debut for the Falcons.