Playoff seeding at heart vs Schomberg

Posted January 23, 2014

Since 2006, the Alliston Hornets haven't had to play many critical games this late into the regular season.

And while the number one seed into the league playoffs was secured by the Penetang Kings, home ice advantage until the final round as the second place finisher is at stake between Alliston and Schomberg, who play each other home and home on back to back nights starting tonight in Schomberg.

The Hornets and Cougars are tied with 53 points each and the second seed would meet Huntsville (likely) in the first round.

Schomberg, which is having its best season in a Jr. C generation, sports a 24-7-3-2 record, has the league's number one powerplay converting 24 per cent of their chances. Alliston's PP is 7th at 14.7 per cent. The Hornets have the number one penalty kill at 89 per cent, while the Cougars are number two at 87.6 per cent.

Hornets head coach Clay Birkett said this morning the team's focus is simply, "score more goals." "We are 100 per cent healthy," said Birkett via email. "Guys are getting in shape and we are better now than we were two weeks ago. New system's in place and a come to work mentality is being stressed. We have a lot of experience and top-end goaltending. Tonight should be fun."

Game time at the Trisan Centre in Schomberg begins at 8:30. Tomorrow night's puck drop at the NTRC, 7:30.

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