Heading into Tuesday’s game against the Lockport Regals, the Fort Erie Meteors sat in sixth place with 23 points.
Despite a rocky start and some difficult plays, Fort Erie’s Junior B team improved their score and celebrated at 7-2 victory over the Regals.
The game was originally scheduled to be played in January, but due to inclement weather, the game was rescheduled for this week.
The game was scheduled to begin but was delayed 45 minutes pending the arrival of on-ice officials.
When asked about how the delay affected the team, veteran player Cail Cirillo said the Meteors started out “not as great” as it should have.
“But we kept with it, got momentum and continued with the game,” he said.
The Meteors found themselves with a rough start falling behind the Regals for the better part of the first period; until Noah Desmarais was able to get one by Regals goalie Chase Clark. The back and forth play continued in the first period with another goal awarded to each team and the Meteors power-play tip in going to Drew Passero.
Heading into the second period with a 2-2 tie, the teams looked energized and ready to go. Within a few minutes of play, Nathan Reichel broke the tie in the Meteors’ favour.
Starting a celebration train with both Toby Rizzo and Luca Marcellitti getting power-play goals quickly thereafter. For the remainder of the second period, the team held off the hungry Regals ending the period with a 5-2 lead.
If Junior B fans like a good scrum than the third period of this week’s game was for them. It started and ended roughly with both teams getting multiple players kicked out.
“The penalties didn’t help and messed with the flow of the game, but they kept with it and played well. We pushed through it,” Cirillo said.
Besides the roughness, the Meteors did manage to propel their lead with a backhand goal by Luca Mazzo and a poke in by Brady Lee.
This win according, to Cirillo was important because it separated them more from their rivals, the Welland Junior Canadians, who were trailing the Meteors in the Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League standings by three points before the game.
The Meteors will host the Pelham Panthers on Saturday, Feb. 9 at 7:15 p.m.
The three stars of Tuesday’s game
3rd : Luca Mazzo
2nd: Toby Rizzo
1st: Nathan Reichel