Playoffs 2015

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Fort Erie survives Welland comeback, wins 7-6

Fort Erie Leisureplex    Mon, Mar 02, 2015

The Welland Jr. Canadians tried to dig themselves out of a three-goal hole, but the Fort Erie Meteors held on for a 7-6 victory.

A goal by Dan Defranco put Fort Erie up 6-3 in the second period, but Welland pulled to within one on Brayden Stortz's tally 1:51 into the third period.

The win moved the Meteors to down 2-1 in the best of seven series.

Richard DeMarco was all over the ice for Fort Erie, as he tallied one goal and two assists in the win. DeMarco scored 9:50 into the third period to make the score 7-5 Fort Erie. Josh Micallef picked up the assist.

Fort Erie additionally got points from Dakota Miskolczi, who also tallied one goal and one assist, Vito Scaringi, who also had one goal and three assists to lead the team in points, Declan Conway, who also registered one goal and one assist, Jared Marino, who also finished with one goal and two assists, and Defranco, who also tallied one goal and two assists. Fort Erie also got a goal from Anthony Passero as well. In addition, Fort Erie received assists from Holden Garlent, who had two.

The Jr. Canadians' offense rang up 38 shots on the Meteors' net.

Welland was helped by Jake Shaw, who had one goal and one assist. Shaw scored 17:05 into the second period to make the score 6-4 Fort Erie. Cameron Aitken assisted on the tally. Welland also got points from Aitken, who also grabbed one goal and one assist. Others who scored for Welland included Cole McKnight, Josh Allan, and JC Thivierge, who each put in one. Other players who recorded assists for Welland were Nathan MacDuff, who had three and Mitch Reid, Thomas Flack, Matt Cuglietta, Kris Melna, Matt Martin, Gabe Ruggi, and Tyler Stranges, who contributed one each.

Liam Conway made 32 saves for Fort Erie on 38 shots. The Meteors incurred 14 minutes in penalty time with seven minors. Chris Janzen made 12 saves before being replaced by Hunter Johnson, who took the loss and made eight saves. The Jr. Canadians incurred 22 minutes in penalty time with six minors.