The St. Catharines Falcons came out victorious on Monday night in a 2-1 overtime win in Hamilton over the Kilty B’s, extracting revenge for their OT loss at home on Friday night.
Jonah Boria got the winner on a wrist shot from the slot 4:28 into the extra period, handing the Kilty B’s a rare loss at Dave Andreychuk arena.
Olivier Desroches (3) was the other goal scorer for St. Catharines (28-7-1-1). The Falcons are five points behind Hamilton (31-6-1-0) for the top spot in the Golden Horseshoe Conference following the win.
After playing just a few nights ago, both teams were familiar with one each other’s attack, and apparently how to stop it. The result was a scoreless first period, with only a few true scoring chances.
St. Catharines quickly changed the former in the second. Just over a minute into the middle frame, Falcons defender Desroches threw the puck on goal from the sideboards at an awkward angle, and it made its way past Kilty B’s goalie Gage Stewart and into the net. It may not have qualified as a quality scoring chance, but It was a goal.
Some rough stuff followed the opener, and the game slowed down to a pace that favoured the Falcons stalwart defensive style, versus the high scoring Hamilton attack. It took a lucky bounce off a Matthew Duarte dump in late in the period – the puck finding its way to Dylan Abbamont right in front of the net for an easy goal – for the Kilty B’s to get even.
The third period saw Hamilton regain control of the play, spending a lot of time in the St. Catharines end of the ice, but the Falcons got the better chances early on. Stewart had to make highlight saves on multiple occasions in just the first five minutes of the period. The teams settled down though, and as the period went on it seemed as if both were playing to secure the one point.
Abbamont was the only Hamilton player to beat Falcons goaltender Andrew MacLean (22-5-1-2) on 20 shots on target.
Stewart (17-2-1-0) was the busier of the two netminders on the night, facing 28 shots.
Hamilton plays again on Monday, on the road versus the Niagara Falls Canucks.
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- Hamilton is 1-0-0-0 against the Canucks this season, the only meeting being a 5-2 Kilty B’s win on Dec. 10.
- Niagara Falls (3-30-3-1) sit in last place in the Golden Horseshoe Conference, 53 points behind the Kilty B’s.