Panthers prevail in latest battle with Meteors

Fort Erie’s Brannon Butler tries to block Pelham’s Wyatt Thole in front of Ethan Cook in hockey action Saturday in Fort Erie.

The Pelham Panthers and the Fort Erie Meteors battled it out on the ice on Saturday, Dec. 8/2018, in GOJHL hockey action in Fort Erie.

The Panthers did end the first period with a 2 – 0 lead. The scoring started with Noah Caperchione connecting on the power play at 5:47 assisted by Dylan Biggar and Zach Thompson. Michael Marchesan netted the second goal at 7:06 with assists going to Jackson Barrett and Lyall Shaw.

Thomas Young netted Pelham’s third goal at 3:39 in the second period.

Marco Lariccia put Fort Erie on the scoreboard at 7:34, assists went to Kyle Sullivan and Luca Mazzo. A power play goal from Brannon Butler at 13:24 assisted by Marco Laricca and Brady Lee put the Meteors to within a one goal reach with the Panthers.

With only one goal separating the teams throughout the third period, Fort Erie had an empty net to put an extra attacker on the ice when Pelham’s Noah Caperchione found the empty net at 19:18, assisted by Curtis Emery and Adam Scholz, to give the Panthers the 4 – 2 win.

Pelham has won all five meetings with the Fort Erie Meteors so far this season, the last two meetings, Oct. 13 and Nov. 11, have also ended in 4 – 2 wins for the Panthers.

The Panthers had a quiet week since last reported, no new games. Their next action is Sunday, Dec. 9/2018, against the Lockport Regals at the Meridian Community Centre in Pelham.

The Meteors fell 4 – 3 in OT to the St. Catharines Falcons Friday, Dec. 7/2018 in St. Catharines.

Meteors goals were scored by; Anthony Gigliotti, Cail Cirillo and Noah Bourdon. Falcons goals were scored by; Carson Edwardson, Jaleel Adams, Noah Blakely and Christian Girhiny.

The Meteors next action is Friday, Dec. 14/2018, in Niagara Falls against the Canucks, they return home Saturday, Dec. 15/2018, against the Welland Junior Canadians at 7:15 p.m.

In the standings, the Pelham Panthers are currently holding the fourth place spot in the Golden Horseshoe Conference, the Fort Erie Meteors the sixth place spot. For up-to-date statistics see the GOJHL website: .