By Darryl G. Smart
Vyacheslaz Gordeichuk was a brick wall on Sunday and because of his efforts, the Brantford Bandits got that all-important first win of the Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League season.
The 18-year-old Russian goaltender turned aside 35 shots to lead the Bandits to a 3-1 win over the Elmira Sugar Kings.
Damon Beattie netted a power-play goal midway through the first period, before Adam Grein did the same in the second period. Derek Taylor then gave the Bandits the lead it wouldn’t give up with four minutes to go in the second period.
Adrian Misaljevic added an insurance goal in the third period.
Saturday, Gordeichuk turned aside 39 shots in a 4-1 loss to the Kitchener-Waterloo Siskins.
Blake Wideman, Jacob McEachern, Mateo Amaral and Cole Dann scored for the Siskins.
Misaljevic netted the lone goal for the Bandits.
The 1-8 Bandits host the Listowel Cyclones Saturday at 7pm, before hitting the road Sunday for a 1:30pm tilt with the Siskins.
Ethan Langevin certainly is earning his keep between the Caledonia Pro-Fit Corvairs pipes.
Langevin turned aside 31 shots on Saturday, as he and the Corvairs exacted a bit of revenge with a 4-2 win over the Hamilton Kilty B’s.
Nick Cutaia and Josh Hampel exchanged goals, before Ryan McGuire gave the Kiltys a one goal lead after 40 minutes.
But that’s when the Corvairs went to work, with Christian King, Zack DiCesare and Mason Mantzavrakos all scoring goals, while Langevin slammed the door shut stopping all 12 shots that came his way.
Two nights before, Langevin made 48 saves, which included a penalty shot and two shootout stops. But it wasn’t enough, as the Kiltys came away with a 2-1 win in a shootout.
King and Mcguire exchanged goals during regulation, while Colin MacDougall scored the lone goal during the shootout.
The 4-3-0-1 Corvairs visit the Niagara Falls Canucks Friday at 7:30pm, before they host the Pelham Panthers Saturday at 7:30pm.