Buzzkill: Canucks hand Kilty B’s second straight loss

Christian Pelley of the Hamilton Kilty B's scores on a third-period power play during Monday's 6-2 loss against the Niagara Falls Canucks. (Kilty B's photo)

The tough portion of the schedule is here and the Hamilton Kilty B’s have some work to do to stay in the top half of the Golden Horseshoe Conference.

The Kilty B’s dropped their second straight game, a 6-2 loss to the Niagara Falls Jr. Canucks, at Dave Andreychuk Mountain Arena on Monday.

The loss pushed the Kilty B’s (12-6-2) into third place at the 20-game mark, one point behind the Canucks (12-5-3). The St. Catharines Falcons (12-6-1) and Thorold Blackhawks (11-6-3) are bunched up one point behind the Kilty B’s with some crucial games ahead this month.

The Kilty B’s outshot the Canucks 42-38 on Monday, but Niagara goaltender Anthony Tremonte made 40 saves. Andrew Bruno scored twice for the Canucks, while Jake Adams, Max Lightfoot, Anthony Issaris and Thomas Lenart added one each.

Steven Laforme and Christian Pelley scored for the Kilty B’s. Justin Eastter turned aside 32 shots in taking the loss.

On Thursday, the Kilty B’s were spooked on Halloween night in Thorold, dropping a 4-3 decision on a goal in the final minute.

Pelley scored twice for the Kilty B’s, while Jacob Macdonald scored his team-leading 10th goal. Nick Gidney scored on a power-play with 25 seconds left in the third period to seal the win for Thorold.

The schedule doesn’t get any easier in November for the Kilty B’s. On Sunday, the club  hits the road to face the first-place Caledonia Corvairs (17-1-1), before visiting Niagara Falls on Nov. 15 and hosting St. Catharines on Nov. 18.

Caledonia then visits Hamilton on Nov. 25.