The St. Catharines Falcons were outshot by the hometown Thorold Blackhawks by a 27-23 margin tonight but skated away with a 5-2 victory.
The Falcons outshot the Hawks by a 10-1 margin the first period and ended the frame with a 2-0 lead.
They added two more in the second period and another one midway through the third before Thorold got on the board.
The third period was all Blackhawks as they outshot the visitors by a 17-3 margin and scored two late goals, but it was far too little, too late.
Xavier Drummond led the Falcons with two goals and an assist while Trevor Neumann had a goal and an assist for Thorold.
The game escalated as it progressed with the teams receiving two penalties apiece in the first period. The second period included five penalties to Thorold and four to the Falcons.
The third period saw St. Catharines take 12 penalties, including six straight in the last ten minutes of the game while Thorold received four penalties.
St. Catharines sits in second place behind Niagara Falls and Thorold is in fifth place in the Golden Horseshoe conference.