By Darryl G. Smart
The Caledonia Corvairs cannot wait to be at full strength. In the meantime, they have begun the
the Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League short-handed and doing everything they can to keep building.
Over the weekend, the Corvairs finally got to hit the ice after opening the GOJHL Golden Horseshoe Conference with two forfeit losses thanks in part to COVID-19 protocols, and the safety of its players.
“We’ve had to do a lot of patchwork to get going,” Corvairs coach Mike Tobin said. “We still have seven guys out of our lineup but we’ve been able to pull up some affiliate players to help us out.”
With three affiliated players and nine rookies on the roster, the Corvairs went 1-1 over two nights, beating the Welland Jr. Canadians 2-1, before dropping a 4-1 decision to the St. Catharines Falcons.
Saturday night in Welland, Ethan Doyle struck once in the first period and again in the third to lead the Corvairs to a 4-1 win.
Zack DiCesare opened the scoring for the Corvairs, with Tanner Ryan tying things up, before Doyle’s first marker.
Noah Baltzer added to the lead in the second period, before Doyle’s second of the game.
Ethan Langevin made his official Corvairs debut and made 30 saves for the win. Keegan Jackson had 27 stops for the Jr. Canadians.
On Monday night, the Falcons struck twice in the first period and two more times in the second period to beat the Corvairs 4-1.
Mitchell Armstrong and Sam Williamson gave the Falcons a 2-0 lead after 20 minutes, and added to it in the second frame thanks to Kyle Glenney and Chris Reid.
Zack DiCesare scored the lone Corvairs goal in the third period.
With their 1-3 record, the Corvairs host the Thorold Blackhawks Saturday and Fort Erie Meteors Sunday. Both games are at 7:30pm.
ICE CHIPS: Mike Tobin was named as an assistant coach of the Corvairs. He came to Caledonia after being the Port Dover Sailors bench boss. He joins Mike Bullard, Jacob Buch and Jim Vanni behind the bench. Ben Mason, Jack MacDonald and Nathan Plummer were brought up from the Provincial Junior Hockey League’s Port Dover Sailors, Dunnville Mudcats and Hagersville Hawks respectively. The Corvairs added Markus Dempewolf before Monday’s game. The 18-year-old forward from Albert Lee, MN, played for the Rochester Vipers of the United States Premier Hockey League Premier last season. Tobin said management is working on bringing in more reinforcements.
GOJHL MIDWESTERN CONFERENCE
It was a tough weekend for the Brantford Bandits.
The local GOJHL Midwestern Conference team lost 8-0 to the Elmira Sugar Kings and 8-1 to the Listowel Cyclones.
Saturday at the civic centre, Luke Eurig and Aidan Yarde scored two goals each, while Matthew Lunghi made 12 saves for the Sugar Kings in their victory.
Adam Grein, Daniel Fraleigh, Kurtis Goodwin, and Hagersville’s Jayden Lammel scored singles.
Bandits goalie Vyacheslav Gordeichuk made 35 saves in the loss.
On Sunday, Adam Hoff scored the only Bandits goal of the weekend in the 8-1 loss to the Cyclones.
Travis Verbeek and Jaden Goldie led the Cyclones with two goals each, while Tate Brenner, Jackson Phillips, Kian Harron, and Danny Scott pitched in with one goal each.
The 0-4 Bandits hope to get in the win column this weekend, with a trio of games on tap. Friday they hit the road against the Stratford Warriors at 7:30pm. On Saturday and Sunday the Bandits return to the civic centre against the Warriors at 7pm and Ayr Centennials at 8:30pm respectively.