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Falcons best Corvairs; honour alumni

By Kenton Wolfe, Special to Postmedia Network

A referee and St. Catharines Falcons Carson Eden (18) take a tumble after being hit by a Caledonia Corvairs player in Jr. B hockey action in St. Catharines Friday November 10, 2017. Bob Tymczyszyn/St. Catharines Standard/Postmedia Network

A referee and St. Catharines Falcons Carson Eden (18) take a tumble after being hit by a Caledonia Corvairs player in Jr. B hockey action in St. Catharines Friday November 10, 2017. Bob Tymczyszyn/St. Catharines Standard/Postmedia Network

The celebration started before puck drop and lasted the entire evening.

Prior to Friday’s match at the Jack Gatecliff Arena, the St. Catharines Falcons honoured more than 20 alumni in a special ceremony commemorating Falcons teams spanning 1978-87.

The merriment continued for the Falcons as they triumphed over the Caledonia Corvairs 6-3. St. Catharines now only trails Caledonia by one point for second place in the GOJHL Golden Horseshoe Conference.

Forwards Tanner Ferreira and Mitch Pellarin lead the way for the Falcons with two goals each. Pellarin, who had just three goals entering the game, impressed Falcons head coach Dan Fitzgerald after opening the scoring in the first period.

“He was great defensively, great on the forecheck and was rewarded with a couple of goals,” said Fitzgerald.” Go back a couple of years to his minor hockey days and you’ll learn he knows how to score.”

Also scoring in the first period for the Falcons was forward Dakota Miskolzci. Caledonia responded with two goals from forward Adam Craievich, including a power-play goal. The Corvairs scored on two of six power-play opportunities. St. Catharines was held to just one power-play goal on seven chances with the extra man.

Pellarin again scored the first goal of the frame in the second period, capitalizing on a pass from captain Michael Davies.

“It’s huge for us, any time you beat a team as good as Caledonia it’s huge for us,” said Pellarin. “You could see it not only on our bench but in the stands, everybody got into it.”

Caledonia forward Jamey Lauzon brought the Corvairs within two goals in the third period before Ferreira scored the Falcons two insurance goals late in the game.

Fitzgerald acknowledged having the alumni attend the game was meaningful for the organization.

“It’s so great to have guys from out of town learn the history here,” said Fitzgerald. “There’s a long standing history of success and winning here. Just to have these guys show up to support our guys is huge as well.”

Caledonia outshot St. Catharines 39-28. Despite having more shots in all three meetings between the two clubs, all of the Corvairs regulation-time losses have come at the hands of the Falcons.

“For these guys playing the right way and reaping the rewards of it is great for them,” said Fitzgerald. “It’s the little things that win you hockey games like blocking shots, getting pucks out and hearing the guys cheer for each other. That tells you we’re ready to win hockey games.”

The Falcons are back in action Saturday night when they hit the road to take on the Ancaster Avalanche.