Caledonia Corvairs (2) vs. Leamington Flyers (3)

The second match up in the Sutherland Cup semi-finals is Golden Horseshoe Champions Caledonia Pro-Fit Corvairs vs. Western Conference, Bill Weir Cup Champions, Leamington Flyers.  See my preview of these teams and this round here.

*Photo Credit: Devan Mighton

On social media, the official hashtag is #CALvsLEA

 

Date Visitor Home Time Arena
Fri. Apr. 10 Leamington Caledonia 2-6 Haldimand Centre
Sun. Apr. 12 Caledonia Leamington 3-4 3OT Heinz Arena
Tues. Apr. 14 Leamington Caledonia 0-3 Haldimand Centre
Thurs. Apr. 16 Caledonia Leamington 6-2 Heinz Arena
Fri. Apr. 17 Leamington Caledonia 1-2 Haldimand Centre

 

Caledonia lwins the series 4-1

Game 5

Caledonia Corvairs are headed to the Sutherland Cup Finals after defeating Leamington Flyers 2-1 to take the series 4-1.

Leamington opened the scoring with a goal from Zack Guilbeault 8 min. into the game.  Caledonia tied it with a goal late in 2nd period from Cosimo Fontana.  With 1:53 left in the period, Jordan Peacock scored the eventual game winner to give Caledonia a 2-1 lead.

I know that others thought the game was exciting and great to watch, but I found it boring.  I found it to be a very sloppy game and not one I expected from two Conference champions.

Kevin Entmaa picked up the win for Caledonia, stopping 24 or 25 shots.  Trevor Wheaton was in net for the Flyers, making 36 of 38 saves.

 

Game 4

Caledonia took a 3-1 series lead over the Flyers Thurs. night with a 6-2 win at the Heinz Arena.  Story from C. Scott Holland.

Corvairs Prevail 6-2 In Game Four At Leamington

It was a dominant performance by the Caledonia Corvairs as they subdued the  Leamington Flyers 6-2 at the Heinz arena in front of 1,047 fans.
From the outset, the Flyers looked listless and, while they did manage to keep themselves in the game for two frames, during much of those 40 minutes of play the home team stumbled while making passes and clearing their own zone.  Leamington certainly did not hit the Corvairs as much as they did in the last game at Leamington, and while the Corvairs generated good offensive plays, the Flyers seemed stuck in low gear.

Once again special teams worked well for Caledonia as they ended the game going two for five while Leamington was blanked on their six attempts.
It didn’t take the Corvairs long to vault into the lead as a Leamington penalty just three minutes into the opening frame led to a slick pass play which Ryan Blunt completed by blasting a shot from the top of the slot which bounced off the crossbar and into the net. Four minutes later, a Corvairs’ shot on net left Kyle Tanev with the rebound and he tucked it between Barrett’s legs to put Caledonia up 2-0. The Flyers, despite looking inconsistent, got on the scoreboard to cut the margin in half at 10:14 when Mitch Amante’s left side shot from the faceoff circle skipped off Kevin Entmaa’s goalie stick and right onto Cale Phibbs who was parked to his right. Phibbs wasted no time in gunning it past Entamaa.

Yet the Corvairs roared right back after the Flyers had gotten back into the game. Matthew Hore fed Jake Brown who potted the Corvairs’ marker 14 seconds after the Flyers’ goal. In the final minute of the opening frame, Leamington seemed to catch a break when Zak Parlette hit Tyler Duarte with a pass that was put on net and Mitch Amante pounced upon the right-side rebound and cashed in the Flyers’ second tally to make it a 3-2 contest.
One of the game’s most exciting plays occurred about 1:10 into the second frame.  Chris Scott blocked a Corvairs’ shot from inside his own blueline, the puck squirted out and down the ice with Scott outracing his opponents to reach the rubber but simultaneously, Entmaa came extremely far out of his net to play the puck which bounced high in the air as Scott skated around him. By the time the puck landed on the ice, both Scott and the puck were out of scoring position, however he did draw a slashing penalty on the play.

The Corvairs doubled the score at 5:20 when Jayme Forslund and APJ Matt Rimac laid the groundwork for Luke Sinclair whose right-side backhand eluded Barrett. At that juncture, the stick work increased on both sides and the Flyers frustrations and inconsistent play, especially on the powerplay, became more magnified. Total shots in the game at the end of 40 minutes left Caledonia with 21 to the Flyers 12. For Leamington, having only four shots on net the entire second period was not a good sign.

At the start of the third, Leamington showed some life as their hustle was rewarded with some glorious chances during the opening two minutes. The Flyers unleashed a series of rapid-fire artillery on Entmaa and had a couple opportunities, but Entmaa had a horseshoe and escaped any damage being inflicted. Perhaps the most crucial point of the game came at 9:55 when Jacob Ruch was awarded a penalty shot. Ruch went down the ice, moved to Barrett’s left and uncorked a backhander which sailed past Barrett for a  5-2 contest. That single goal drained the life out of the Flyers’ attack, although they still put forth a good effort in an attempt to get back into it. The final nail came at 15:20 when Tyler Duarte took a goaltender interference penalty and Connor Bramwell’s cannon shot skipped of Barrett’s glove and into the net for a powerplay goal. Less than one minute later, Flyers’ defenceman Ryan Shipley was saddled with a five minute major and a game misconduct for crosschecking.

Final shots were Caledonia 28 and Leamington 21.

Caledonia now has a commanding 3-1 series lead and can win it at home on Friday night. Yet strange things have occurred in GOJHL history. Sometimes getting that fourth and final victory is the hardest one of all. Should the series be extended, Game 6 will be in Leamington on Sun., Apr. 19 at 4:10 pm and Game 7, if needed, will be in Caledonia on Mon. 21 at 7:30 pm.

No matter what the outcome of this series, it has been an entertaining one featuring two well-coached teams.

 

Game 3

Caledonia scored a goal a period to defeat the Leamington Flyers 3-0 Tues. night.

Mitch Purdie got the Corvairs started with a goal 27 seconds into the game.  It would eventually stand as the game winner.  In the 2nd period, Connor Patton made it 2-0 Corvairs 1:56 into the period.  In the 3rd period, Erick Delaurentis sealed the 3-0 victory.

It appears that Caledonia will be without the services of Nathan Gomes in Game 4 on Thurs. as he received a GRM62, Playing Without a Helmet, in the 3rd period.

Leamington had Trevor Wheaton in net, who faced 32 shots.  The Corvairs went with Kevin Entmaa who stopped all 31 Flyers shots.

From what I’ve read, as I wasn’t at the game, it wasn’t very exciting to watch, neither team played really well, except for Entmaa.  I wasn’t there, so I can’t comment on it, it’s just what I’ve heard.

 

Game 2

It took 4 hours, but the Leamington Flyers tied their series with Caledonia with a 4-3 triple overtime win Sun. night.  Story from C. Scott Holland.

Marathon OT Game Ends With Flyers Edging Caledonia 4-3

For nearly 1,000 at the Heinz arena Sunday night, they got their money’s worth of some good hockey. It took nearly four hours and three overtime frames until the Leamington Flyers netted the game-winner to settle the massive standoff between the two titans.

Both teams played well, showed their weaknesses and strengths – and missed more than their fair share of chances to win it both in regulation and two 20 minute overtimes. But the Achilles’ heel for the Caledonia Corvairs was provided by goalie Kevin Entmaa who tripped up a Leamington player nearly five minutes into the third OT. The penalty handed to him resulted in the Flyers notching a powerplay goal just less than a minute away from setting a new team record for longest OT game ever played.

A good portion of the hometown crowd was overcome with joy upon seeing the winning goal and the entire team raced onto the ice to congratulate a happy Flyers’ captain Mitchell Amante who drilled the game-winner.

However, the Corvairs didn’t waste anytime getting onto the scoreboard. Matthew Hore banged home a second rebound past Flyers’ starter Trevor Wheaton 32 seconds into the contest. But Leamington’s resiliency began to show near the three minute mark when Kyle Perkowski stole the puck at centre ice and went on a rush which was stopped.  At 4:40, Alex Friesen threw Tyler Duarte a pass and Duarte’s screen shot from the slot found the target to knot the game.

During much of the first, the Flyers played with a physical presence as players hit Caledonia hard and Chris Scott was one of the leaders with a couple of big hits during one shift. It was Scott who ignited the Leamington offense in the second when he took an Amante feed and went left to right before unleashing a shot that sailed past Entmaa’s outstretched glove. Suddenly it was 2-1 for Leamington.  Yet the Corvairs applied pressure and finally received the tying goal at 14:40 when a defensive giveaway in the right corner ended with  Jordan Peacock in the slot and Peacock netted the goal.

A highsticking penalty early in the third cost the Flyers as Caledonia’s Tyler Lepore scored a powerplay marker from the top of the slot. Undaunted by losing the lead, the Flyers rallied and applied a dose of their own pressure and it paid off when Tyler Duarte and Alex Derksen worked the puck in close for Eric Henderson to pound in a rebound. Leamington squandered a two-man advantage minutes after that when they passed the puck too many times and didn’t shoot.

From that juncture until the exciting conclusion, both teams played extremely well. The Flyers had a shorthanded chance when Mitch Amante was stopped by Entmaa about four minute into the first OT. Later Entmaa made an incredible save when Chris Scott tried to lift the puck past him into a completely open side.

Caledonia had a glorious powerplay chance early in the first OT on which Wheaton showed great poise and skill. Entmaa kept his Corvairs in it when the Flyers had a man-advantage in the second OT. As the teams headed into the third OT, the Flyers needed to play more than 5 min. and 50 sec. to set a new team record. (It was set in game one of the Western Jr. B H.L. finals in March 1997, in a game played at the WMMC in Strathroy. Jeff Stahlbrand scored the winner at 5:50 of the third OT.) But the Corvairs’ netminder was penalized for tripping at 4:45 and on the subsequent powerplay Eric Henderson fed Mitch Amante who was anchored just inside the blueline at the top of the slot. He pumped a shot on net and it skipped past Entmaa at 5:16 to end the game.

Much of the two OT periods were spent playing excellent defensive hockey with both teams rushing end-to-end and the netminders making saves to keep the game going.

Caledonia went one for four on the powerplay and Leamington tabbed one on seven attempts.

At the game’s conclusion, Corvairs head coach Mike Bullard was assessed a travesty of game penalty for heaving a water bottle at Amante and then given an abuse of officials game misconduct due to some uncomplimentary words directed at referees Campbell and Provost; ref supervisor Jerry Pateman witnessed the exchange . He was initially given a discriminatory slur gross misconduct which carries a minimum of seven games and a hearing.  The Travesty of the Game carries a two game suspension and he receives at least one game for Abuse of Officials, and a $500.00 fine, depending how many he has received this season.

Some fans claimed that there were points in the game when the coach was almost fighting with the fans and his own players.

Next game in the series is on Tues. night at 7;30 pm in Caledonia while game 4 is Thurs. in Leamington at 7:10 pm.

 

Game 1

On Fri. night, Caledonia and Leamington opened their series at the HCCC in Caledonia.  With the help of 5 power play goals, the Corvairs defeated the Flyers 6-2 for a 1-0 series lead.

Leamington opened the scoring at 6:56 with a goal from Zack Guilbeault.  Late in the first period, Ryan Blunt got the Corvairs on the board with their first PP goal of the game.

In the 2nd period, Caledonia scored the only even strength goal of the game as Erick Delaurentis made it 2-1.  At 8:07, Tyler Lepore made it a 3-1 Corvairs game.  One minute later, Alex Friesen pulled the Flyers closer making it 3-2.  Again, before the end of the period, Blunt scored his 2nd PP goal of the game to send the teams off with Caledonia leading 4-2.

Delaurentis scored a quick goal at the start of the 3rd period for a 5-2 Corvairs lead.  Jake Brown scored the last goal of the game to give Caledonia a 6-2 victory.

Kevin Entmaa started in goal for Caledonia, facing 21 shots and stopping 19.  Michael Barrett got the nod for Leamington, stopping 35 of 41 shots.

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