Fal­cons soar over Re­gals

Rookie Jack McGovern earns third shutout of junior B ca­reer

The Welland Tribune - - Sports - BERND FRANKE Re­gional Sports Ed­i­tor

The St. Catharines Fal­cons blanked the Lock­port Re­gals 14-0 Wed­nes­day night in west­ern New York, re­turn­ing to the win col­umn and ex­tend­ing their point streak to 19 games.

Chris­tian Girhiny, with four goals, three as­sists; Dakota Miskol­czi, two goals; three as­sists; Noah Blakely, two goals, one as­sist; turned in mul­ti­ple-goal per­for­mances as the Fal­cons im­proved to 18-3-0-2 in the Greater On­tario Junior Hockey League’s Golden Horse­shoe Con­fer­ence.

St. Catharines, which has earned at least a point in 19 con­sec­u­tive games, also got goals from Jaleel Adams, Xavier Drum­mond, Ja­cob Sims, Ja­cob Roach, Jack Ven­neri.

Shots on net were 52-25 in favour of the Fal­cons, with rookie Jack McGovern earn­ing the third shutout of his junior B ca­reer.

McGovern, 17, of Wa­ter­down is the league’s lead­ing goal­tender, lim­it­ing op­po­nents to 1.84 goals per game while com­pil­ing a .918 save per­cent­age.

Lock­port lost its sixth in a row to fall to 3-20-1.

St. Catharines re­bounded from a 3-2 over­time loss to the Pel­ham Pan­thers to im­prove to 2-0 against the league’s only U.S. team. Head-to-head play opened Oct. 3 in Lock­port, where the Fal­cons skated to a 4-2 vic­tory.

Lock­port was back on the ice Thurs­day night vis­it­ing the

Thorold Blackhawks, 11-12-1-1.

Fri­day night’s Golden Horse­shoe sched­ule has St. Catharines host­ing the Fort Erie Me­te­ors, 8-16-0-1; at Jack Gate­cliff Arena, and Ni­a­gara Falls Canucks, 22-30-1; en­ter­tain­ing Wel­land Junior Cana­di­ans, 6-16-0-2; at Gale Cen­tre.

With 45 of a pos­si­ble 52 points and .865 win­ning per­cent­age, Ni­a­gara Falls is tops in the con­fer­ence, as well as in the 25-team sec­ond.

Sec­ond-place St. Catharines trails the Canucks by seven points, but the Fal­cons have three games in hand.

Third in the Golden Horse­shoe are the 16-8-0-1 Hamilton Kilty B’s, 33 points.

Pel­ham, 30 points; Thorold, 24; Fort Erie, 17; Wel­land, 14; Lock­port, seven; round out the eight­team con­fer­ence.

All but one of the top five in the league scor­ing race is from Ni­a­gara Falls. Justin Kyle, 18 goals, 36 as­sists, 54 as­sists; has a two­points lead­ing over Canucks team­mate Ben Evans, 21 goals, 31 as­sists; head­ing into Thurs­day night ac­tion.

Ni­a­gara Falls’ Mitch Men­donca, 20 goals, 24 as­sists; Dil­lon Hill, eight goals, 36 as­sists; are tied for fourth, 44 points apiece.

St. Catharines’ Ja­cob Roach is the only other player from the ’Shoe in the top 10. He is tied for sev­enth in the scor­ing race with 42 points on 13 goals, 29 as­sists.

Source: Pointstreak Sports Tech­nolo­gies Inc.

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