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By Darryl G. Smart

It certainly hasn’t been a typical Caledonia Pro-Fit Corvairs season. But considering everything the Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League team has endured over the last five to six months, they’ll take it and use it as motivation.

“It’s been a tough first half, but we like what we see,” assistant coach Mike Tobin said. “Considering we were late even knowing if we were going to be playing or not, which really hurt our recruiting process, and then we had to deal with vaccination issues. On top of that, we’ve had our share of illness, injuries and suspensions. Despite it all we have been able to stay with the pack of teams so far.”

Sitting in fourth place in a very balanced GOJHL Golden Horseshoe Conference, the Corvairs improved to 14-8-2-1 with a 7-3 win over the Fort Erie Meteors Sunday at home.

Noah Baltzer led the way scoring a hat trick, while Ethan Doyle scored a pair of goals and added a helper. Jacob Macdonald and Terry Bridgland pitched in with one goal each.

Joseph Macchione led the Meteors with a pair of goals, with Antonio Pugliese netting one.

Ethan Langevin got the win thanks to a 30-stop effort.

The same two teams were supposed to play Saturday in Fort Erie, but inclement weather postponed the game.

The Corvairs have two games this weekend to wrap things up before the Christmas break. Saturday they host the Pelham Panthers at 7:30pm, before taking on the Pelham Panthers on the road Sunday at 2:45pm.

“We believe we are probably one or two pieces away from being where we want to be,” Tobin said. “Hopefully after the Christmas break we can come out strong and healthy to take a deep run.”

MIDWESTERN CONFERENCE

Tough weekend for Bandits

In GOJHL Midwestern Conference action, the Brantford Bandits dropped a 3-2 overtime decision Saturday to the Listowel Cyclones, before losing 11-2 to the Stratford Warriors on Sunday.

On Saturday, Brendan Bauer and Blair Krawchyk gave the Bandits a lead in the first period. Unfortunately they couldn’t hold on, with Cam Knight scoring his second goal of the game in overtime to lead the Cyclones to the win. Jackson Phillips scored the other Cyclones marker.

On Sunday, Tristan Romany and Jesse Reimer scored goals for hte Bandits in the 11-2 loss to the Warriors.

Sheldon Pryce led the way with a hat trick, while Cole Jenkin, Nolan Adkins, Nicolas Thibodeau, Zac McCann, Drew Ferris, Keaton McLaughlin, Camden Daigle, and Jonas Schmidt all scored one goal each.

The Bandits now sit at 3-20-2, and play two games at the civic centre this weekend. Saturday they play the Caledon Bombers at 7pm, before the Cambridge Redhawks come to town Sunday at 8:30pm.