The Caledonia Pro-Fit Corvairs used a four-goal second period to beat Hamilton on Saturday night, moving to within seven points of the first place Kilty B’s.
Ethan Doyle’s goal 6:16 into the second frame was the eventual winner in a rough game that saw both teams serve a combined 36 penalty minutes. It was Doyle’s second of three goals in the period, his natural hat trick broken up by a Markus Dempewolf marker.
Kevin Hill (2) and Jacob Macdonald (18) bookmarked the scoring for the Corvairs (28-8-1-1), exciting the home crowd in Caledonia with a big win against a rival.
Kilty B’s starting goaltender Gage Stewart found himself tangled with a teammate in his crease midway through the first period, and Hill took full advantage with a slap shot from the point, giving his team a 1-0 lead heading into the first intermission.
Just a minute into the second, Doyle took a Terry Bridgland stretch pass for a breakaway, going backhand to beat Stewart with a deke.
A few minutes later Doyle got his second by tipping a shot from defenceman Christian King, the Corvairs comfortably in control at this point. Dempewolf made it 4-0 soon after, fighting off the Hamilton defender in front of the net and slamming home his 9th of the season.
After the Kilty B’s made it 4-1, Doyle scored his third of the game and 28th on the year, recovering his own failed pass on the rush and ripping home a hard wrist shot.
Macdonald capped the Caledonia scoring 13:46 into the final frame, firing a one-timer into the net on a beautiful cross ice pass from Terry Bridgeland.
Colin MacDougall (16) and Sam Shakes (13) scored for Hamilton (32-7-1-0). It was the Kilty B’s second straight loss to the Corvairs.
The only power play goal in the game came off the stick of MacDougall with 6:03 remaining in the second period, on a shot that popped the goalie’s water bottle off the top of the net.
By the time Shakes scored late in the third period, the game had already been decided.
It wouldn’t be fair to say Stewart (17-3-1-0) played badly even though he let in six goals, with many being clear cut chances that he had next to no chance on, but it definitely wasn’t his best night in goal for Hamilton.
There were points throughout the game that Hamilton started to get their offence humming in the Caledonia end, but Ethan Langevin (14-6-2-1) was a steadying presence in net, making timely saves and controlling his rebounds, freezing the puck when needed to slow down the attack.
Hamilton has Sunday off, before facing the Fort Erie Meteors at home on Monday night.
Next Game Matchup Preview:
- Hamilton is 4-1-0-0 against Fort Erie this season, their last matchup being a 7-5 Kilty B’s win on Feb. 19.
- Fort Erie are in fourth place in the Golden Horseshoe Conference, 26 points behind Hamilton.