By Darryl G. Smart
James Norton certainly made an impression on his new Caledonia Pro-Fit Corvairs teammates.
After being acquired from the Caledon Bombers late last week, the 18-year-old goalie, from Scarborough has only allowed one goal in his first two starts for the Corvairs.
On Saturday, Norton made the ultimate impression, stopping all 28 shots that came his way in a 4-0 shutout over the Welland Jr. Canadians.
Mitch Ferras scored two times to lead the offence, while Terry Brigland and Jacob Macdonald added singles.
On Monday, Norton again made 28 saves, this time in a 2-1 road victory over the Thorold Blackhawks.
Nick Cutaia and Danile Moro scored for the Corvairs, while Rian Meisner was the only Blackhawks player to put a puck past Norton.
Before the Corvairs reeled off two wins in a row, they were in tough against the Niagara Falls Canucks Friday on the road. In a penalty-filled game, Macdonald scored twice, but it wasn’t enough, with the Canicks skating away with a 8-5 win on home ice.
Ferras and Macdonald gave the Corvairs the lead in the first period, with former teammate Robbie Nelson Jr. responding for the Canucks.
The Canucks took the lead in the second frame thanks to goals from Adrian Misaljevic, Matthew Riva, Jake McKinstray and Owen Goodbrand.
Markus Dempewolf and Macdonald scored for the Corvairs to make it a one-goal deficit heading into the third period.
After Mason Mantzavrakos tied things up early in the third, the Canucks took over again thanks to McKinstray, Ben Felicetti, and Michael Santini.
The Corvairs are now 13-8-2-1, and sit two points behind the third place Canucks in the Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League’s Golden Horseshoe Conference. Saturday they hit the road to play the Fort Erie Meteors at 7:15pm in the first half of a home-and-home set that concludes Sunday in Caledonia at 7:30pm.
NOTES: Before landing in Caledonia, Norton was 5-7 with the Bombers. With the arrival of Norton, Hayden Dunford was dealt to the Alberta Junior Hockey League’s Alberni Valley Bulldogs.
Bandits defeated by RedHawks
It was another tough one for the Brantford Bandits in GOJHL Midwest Conference action on Saturday.
Brendan Bauer scored the lone Bandits goal in a 9-1 loss to the Cambridge RedHawks.
Jacob Coulson led the RedHawks with three goals and two assists, while Derek Pys added two goals and two assists. Tanner Bibby, Michael McKnight, Joseph MArra and Matt Fries all added one goal each.
The loss gives the Bandits a 3-19-1 record. This weekend they hope to get back on track with a pair of home games at the civic centre. Saturday they host the Listowel Cyclones at 7pm, before the Stratford Warriors come to town on Sunday at 8:30pm.