Hornets fire coach, Birkett to take over bench in the interim, add to roster

Posted January 9, 2014

The Alliston Hornets have lost three of their last four games including to this year's league lesser lights from Erin and Fergus, and it cost Ed Garinger his coaching job.

A statement issued by the organization this morning stated Garinger was cut loose after "the Executive decided the team wasn't moving in the right direction with playoffs around the corner."

"Clay Birkett the Director of Hockey Operations will take over the Head Coaching duties (starting Sunday in Midland), assisted by former Captain and Coach Kyle McDowell," according to the press release. "Assistant Coaches Scott Hutchinson and Trevor Belrose will remain part of the Coaching Team. Former Coach and Executive Darrin Shannon will also play a big part in the day to day operations of the team."

The team was apprised of the changes last night prior to practice. Garinger joined the Hornets after Sandy McCarthy left the bench to take over the coaching duties in Caledon. Garinger had led Midland and Stayner to the league finals in the previous two seasons, losing both to the Hornets.

Alliston currently sits tied in second place with Schomberg, seven points behind league leaders Penetang Kings. They've lost seven games in regulation at the 32-game mark, which is the most since the team's championship streak started in 2006.

The Hornets host Caledon Friday night at the NTRC, and travel to Midland Sunday. The team was not only busy behind the bench, but at the Jr. C trading deadline added 18-year-old defenceman Wyatt Young from the Orillia Terriers, and 18-year-old forward Mike Barrasso comes over from Schomberg.

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