Junior Canadians take Meteors with 5 – 4 win

Welland’s Matt Hobbs tangles with Fort Erie’s Daniel Nardi behind the Meteors net in first period GOJHL hockey action Sunday night in Welland.

The Welland Junior Canadians won 5 – 4 over the visiting Fort Erie Meteors in Sunday night GOJHL hockey action Oct. 22/2017.

Welland had a commanding 4 – 1 lead by the end of the second period, a strong Meteor third period nearly forced the game to an overtime period.

Matthew Giannini put in the first Welland goal at 1:14 in the first period assisted by Tanner McEachern and Philip Liakakos. Matt Hobbs added their second at 14:36 assisted by Alexander Dameski and Maliek Powell.

Fort Erie got on the scoreboard at 10:35 in the second period with a power play goal from Marco Lariccia assisted by Brady Lee and Daniel Nardi.

Welland’s Matthew Giannini netted his second goal of the night on a power play at 14:29 with assists going to Brendan Rylott and Daelyn Minovski. Minovski then put one between the pipes with just nineteen seconds left in the period giving Welland the 4 – 1 lead, assists went to Ryan Israel and Maliek Powell.

Fort Erie started strong in the third period with a goal at 1:29 from Tyson Moore assisted by Tanner Lynds and Brady Lee. Garrett Jennings added a power play goal at 3:30 assisted by Marco Lariccia and Drew Passero putting the Meteors within one goal until Welland’s Anthony Grigg connected at 4:35 assisted by Maliek Powell and Ryan Israel gave Welland a two goal lead that lasted most of the third period. Fort Erie’s Alex McAteer closed the gap to one with his goal at 16:57 assisted by Tanner Lynds and Michael Fazio.

The three stars of the game were:

  • Star #1: Matthew Giannini, Welland Junior Canadians
  • Star #2: Ryan Israel, Welland Junior Canadians
  • Star #3: Marco Lariccia, Fort Erie Meteors

With the win the Junior Canadians hold the sixth place position in the Golden Horseshoe division, the Fort Erie Meteors are in eighth place. For up-to-date standings information see the GOJHL website: http://pointstreaksites.com/view/gojhl .

The Welland Junior Canadians week ahead in hockey will have them in Ancaster Thursday Oct. 26/2017, then at home on Saturday Oct. 28/2017 at 7 p.m. against the Pelham Panthers. They are on home ice again Sunday Oct. 29/2017 at 7 p.m. against the Niagara Falls Canucks.

The Fort Erie Meteors will be in Buffalo Tuesday Oct. 24/2017 to face the Regals, then in Niagara Falls on Friday Oct. 27/2017 against the Canucks, then on home ice Saturday Oct. 28/2017 at 7:15 p.m. against the Ancaster Avalanche.



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