Meteors sweep Sailors in chippy series, move on to face Falcons

The Fort Erie Meteors have swept the Port Colborne Sailors in four straight games, dominating the series with a final score of 5-0 in game four on Friday night.

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Jaden Flora led the offensive charge with two goals, while Nolan Strickland also had a stellar performance with three assists. Meteors goaltender John Lloyd was unbeatable, securing the shutout with 29 saves.

The game wasn’t without its heated moments. The tide turned midway through the second period when Port Colborne’s Justin McGuffin received a 10-minute misconduct penalty for head contact.

Tensions continued to rise in the third, culminating in a fight between Fort Erie’s Baeddan Pollette and Port Colborne’s Geoffrey Boates. Both players were ejected after receiving 5-minute major penalties, with the Fort Erie bench also receiving a penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct.

Despite the roughhousing, the Meteors dominated throughout the series. They outshot the Sailors in every game, with a final tally of 60 shots on goal in game four compared to Port Colborne’s 29.

This series followed a trend of increasing intensity, with the last two games featuring fights, misconducts, and multiple ejections.

Fort Erie started strong, winning the first game 5-2. Goalie Charlie Burns secured shutouts in the second and third games, leading the Meteors to victories of 3-0 and 4-0 respectively.

Kyle Adamo was a consistent offensive threat, scoring points in every game and finishing the series with a total of three goals and two assists.

Next up for the Meteors is a showdown with the St. Catharines Falcons, who finished the season just behind Fort Erie in third place in the Golden Horseshoe Conference.

The Falcons came out on top in their series against the Pelham Panthers 4-1.

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