By Darryl G. Smart
It took another giant performance from Vyacheslav Gordeichuk to secure the Brantford Bandits their second win of the Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League season on Sunday.
The 18-year-old goalie from St. Petersburg, Russia made 39 saves in regulation and overtime and six more during the shootout to lead the Bandits to a 2-1 win over the Ayr Centennials.
David Anderson gave the Centennials a lead 33 seconds into the second period before Kurtis Heggie tied things up five minutes into the third.
During the shootout, nobody could score on Gordeichuk or Vance Meyer, until Devin Coran netted the winner during the sixth round.
For his efforts, Meyer made 34 stops.
The night before, Francesco Commisso scored two goals in a losing effort, in a 4-2 Bandits loss to the Caledon Bombers.
Owen Kerr struck twice for the Bombers, while Remy Dalben and andrew Reynolds added one each.
The 2-13 Bandits have a busy weekend. It starts Friday on the road against the Bombers at 8pm, before returning home Saturday at 7pm against the Kitchener-Waterloo Siskins and Sunday at 8:30pm against the Centennials.
Corvairs bounce back
The Caledonia Pro-Fit Corvairs have had a great ability to bounce back after a loss, and this past weekend was another example of that.
After dropping a 2-1 decision to the Welland Jr. Canadians, the Corvairs bounced back with a 4-3 win over the Fort Erie Meteors in Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League action.
On Saturday at home, Zack DiCesare was the only Corvair to beat Keegan Jackson in the loss to the Jr. Canadians.
Tanner Ryan and Lucas Romeo both scored power-play goals for the Jr. Canadians.
Jackson made 29 saves for the win, while Ethan Langevin took the loss in a 27-stop effort.
The next night, also at home, the Corvairs got goals from Markus Dempewolf and Jacob Macdonald in the third period en route to the 4-3 win.
Alec Brown and Noah Baltzer scored in the first and second periods respectively.
Antonio Pugliese scored twice for the Meteors, with Thomas Gualtieri adding one.
Hayden Dunford made 37 stops in the win for the Corvairs, while Joshua Smith took the loss and made 39 saves for the Meteors.
The Corvairs now sit at 8-5-0-1 in the GOJHL’s Golden Horseshoe Conference. Friday they visit the Niagara Falls Canucks at 7:30pm before hitting the road again against the Meteors on Sunday at 7:15pm