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
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.