Falcons take series stranglehold

By Kenton Wolfe | March 6, 2018

A 4-3 overtime win over the Pelham Panthers has given the St. Catharines Falcons a commanding 3-0 series lead in the first round of the GOJHL Golden Horseshoe Playoffs.

The Falcons power-play helped power St. Catharines over Pelham, scoring three goals with the extra-man in their home game on Tuesday night.

St. Catharines goaltender Owen Savory made his third consecutive start of the playoffs for the Falcons, turning away 18 of21 shots. Eric Schneider allowed 4 goals on 44 Falcons shots against for the Panthers.

Defenseman Matt Busby opened the scoring for the Falcons, burying a backdoor opportunity on the power-play early in the first period. Pelham answered shortly after, forward Noah Caperchione finishing off a scramble in front of the Falcons goal. Forward Liam Dunda also scored on the power-play in the final minute of the first period to restore the Falcons lead.

Both teams traded several power-play opportunities in the second period, but just Pelham forward Jared Hill scored in the final millisecond of the middle frame to tie the game.

Caperchione scored again for the Panthers to open the third period.  After a sequence of shifts with sustained offensive pressure by the Falcons, Panthers goaltender Schneider was charged with a delay-of-game penalty for continually knocking the net off its moorings. Falcons defenseman Tristian deJong scored on the subsequent power-play to tie the game.

St. Catharines dominated the overtime frame, allowing no shots on goal against until Falcons forward Jaleel Adams tipped in a point shot to end the game.

The Falcons will look to close out the series on Thursday when they take on the Panthers in Pelham at 7:30pm.