Kilty B’s set for second-round showdown with Caledonia

Kilty B's goaltender Justin Easter is coming off a 49-save shutout in Game 4 of a sweep over the Thorold Blackhawks. (File photo)


The Hamilton Kilty B’s took care of business in the opening round, but the biggest challenge now lies ahead in round two.

Coming off a four-game sweep of the fifth-place Thorold Blackhawks, the Kilty B’s (31-16-3) must now face the first-place Caledonia Corvairs (45-4-1) in a best-of-seven second round.

The series opens on Tuesday in Caledonia at 7:30 p.m.

Game 2 will be at the Dave Andreychuk Mountain Arena on Thursday at 7 p.m.

After Saturday night’s Game 3 in Caledonia, the Kilty B’s will host Game 4 on Monday, March 16 at 7 p.m. at The Hive.

The Kilty B’s enter the series having won the last meeting against the Corvairs, a 5-3 win at home on Feb. 3, one of only four regulation losses Caledonia suffered this season.

The Corvairs wrapped up a four-game sweep of the Buffalo Regals in the opening round.

The Kilty B’s outscored Thorold 17-5 in their four-game sweep, including a 4-0 shutout in the Game 4 clincher, as goaltender Justin Easter stopped all 49 shots. Fred Teeple scored twice, while Eli Rivers and Steven Laforme had one each.

In Game 3, the Kilty B’s earned a 4-1 win, with two goals from Nolan Slachetka and one each from Jordan Van Hunnik and Laforme.

Slachetka, Rivers and Nick Giamou scored goals in the 3-2 win in Game 2.

In the series-opener, Laforme scored twice, with Giamou, Teeple, Ellis Rickwood and Justin Monteith adding one each in a 6-2 win.