The Hamilton Kilty B’s and Caledonia Pro-Fit Corvairs went to battle in Caledonia on Saturday night, with Caledonia coming out victorious 5-3 in a hard-fought, physical contest.
A third period goal from Alec Brown, that stretched the Corvairs lead to 4-1 with fifteen minutes to play was the eventual difference-maker in the game, tying the season series at two wins apiece.
Caledonia also got goals from Ethan Doyle (15), Markus Dempewolf (6), Dylan Dekoe (1) and Daniel Moro (3), improving to 19-7-1-1 on the year.
Doyle opened the scoring just before the halfway mark of the period on a quick, spinning backhand from the slot that beat Kilty B’s goaltender Gage Stewart. Dempewolfe made it a two-goal lead shortly after, on a wrist shot that squeaked by the netminder.
Despite a second period goal from the Kilty B’s that closed the gap to just one, Caledonia regained their two-goal lead in the third, when Brown found himself on a breakaway and slipped the puck through the five-hole of Stewart.
Dekoe added another for the Corvairs just two minutes later, jamming home a rebound in front of the net, following a beautiful move by Jacob Macdonald to get by the defender and get the puck on goal.
Poor discipline (Caledonia had 44 penalty minutes in the game) provided Hamilton with an opportunity, but the empty net insurance marker by Moro, sent the length of the ice, sealed the win for the Corvairs.
Colin MacDougall (10), Sam Shakes (8) and Connor Haynes (4) scored for Hamilton (24-6-0-0), who attempted to mount a late-game comeback, but fell short.
The end-to-end action during the second period provided both teams with more than a few chances, and although both goalies stood tall for most of the frame, MacDougall got Hamilton on the board, tapping a backdoor pass from Justin Monteith and into the net to make the game 2-1. It was MacDougall’s second straight game with a goal, also scoring last night in a win over Thorold.
After giving up two in the final period and falling down 4-1, Shakes started the comeback attempt on a power play with less than seven minutes remaining, finding the loose puck in a scrum and burying it.
The goal by Haynes, on another juicy rebound, was too little, too late for Hamilton.
Stewart made some big saves to keep the Kilty B’s in this game at times – 24 total – but picked up his second loss of the season, moving his record to 15-2.
Ethan Langevin (9-5-0-2) was rock solid in goal for Caledonia, stopping 20 of the 23 shots he faced, and also registering an assist on the empty-net goal.
The Kilty B’s are back home on Monday night at 7:00 PM to play Pelham.
Next Game Preview Notes:
– Hamilton is 4-0 against Pelham this season.
– The most recent matchup between the teams saw the Kilty B’s come out ahead, 6-2.
– St. Catharines also lost their game tonight (2-0 at Fort Erie), so Hamilton maintains their top spot in the Golden Horseshoe Conference.
– Pelham sits 5th in the conference, with a record of 11-16-1-