Meteors strike down Falcons, advance to conference finals

The Fort Erie Meteors are one step closer to the Sutherland Cup after a 4-1 victory over the St. Catharines Falcons on Monday night.

The win secured the series for the Meteors at four games to two, sending them to the Golden Horseshoe Conference finals.

A total of 1,312 fans packed the Seymour-Hannah S.E.C. in St. Catharines to witness the Meteors triumph. Fort Erie goaltender Charlie Burns was solid, stopping 35 of the 36 shots he faced.

Tensions rose in the waning moments of the third period. Three Falcons’ players–Zach Mambella, Grayson Gare, and Tyler Hunt–were ejected for inciting opponents and head contact, with each incident happening after a goal.

Despite the late burst of energy from the Falcons, the Meteors dominated the scoreboard.

Baeddan Pollett opened the scoring in the first period with an unassisted goal.

Assistant Captain Kyle Adamo secured the win with a two-goal performance in the third, including an empty netter. Chaka-Benjamin Ntumba-Muntu added another empty net goal to extinguish any remaining hope for a St. Catharines comeback.

Falcon Dylan Pergentile managed to put a single point on the board for his team with a goal at the 17:46 mark of the third period, but it wasn’t enough to keep the Falcons from hitting the golf course this month.

The Meteors are now setting their sights on the Caledonia Corvairs, who finished the regular season atop the Golden Horseshoe Conference standings, just six points ahead of Fort Erie. The conference finals promise to be a close battle, and the Meteors will look to continue their momentum as they chase the Sutherland Cup.

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