Winning streak hits nine as Kilty B’s blank Pelham

Hamilton Kilty B's forward Mark Duarte scored the game-winner on Monday (Ken Pagan photo)

Goaltender Cal Schell stopped all 26 shots he faced for his third shutout of the season as the Hamilton Kilty B’s wrapped up their home schedule with a 2-0 win over the Pelham Panthers at Dave Andreychuk Mountain Arena on Monday.

The Kilty B’s (35-11-1) have just one road game remaining in the regular season, in St. Catharines on Friday, before opening playoffs next Monday against the sixth-place Fort Erie Meteors (12-30-4).

Mark Duarte scored the eventual game-winner in the final minute of the second period in Monday’s win over Pelham, while Holden Rogers added some insurance midway through the third on a power play. It was the ninth straight win for the Kilty B’s, who outshot the Panthers 32-26.

Schell is now second in the 25-team GOJHL with a 2.14 goals-against average to go with his 16-4-0 record and .922 save-percentage.

It was the Hamilton club’s second straight win over the Panthers, with the Kilty B’s having pulled out a 3-2 win in double-overtime in Pelham on Friday.

Luke Croucher was the hero, scoring his second of the game in double-OT to secure the win. Marino Moro also scored for Hamilton, while Brendan Charlton and Noah Caperchione scored for Pelham (25-16-5).