Hornets finish second, wait for playoff opponent

Posted February 3, 2014

The Alliston Hornets ended the regular season winning 5-1 Friday night over Stayner, and 4-3 Saturday in Caledon to secure the second seed.

Alliston, which is vying for its 7th straight league championship dating back to the 2007-08 season, is waiting for the winner between Fergus and Huntsville who are playing a best of three play-in round. Fergus leads that series 1-0 and could move on with a win Wednesday night in Huntsville. Game 3 if necessary would be Thursday night.

Hornets head coach Clay Birkett said this morning they met their objective of ending the season by winning their final five games, and did it by "beating all the top teams."

"When I took over we put new systems in place, demanded better discipline and a stronger work ethic. The team has adapted well to all three," said Birkett via email this morning. "We have things to work on and we need to get better every practice and game if we plan on defending our League Championship."

And that's critical because "anyone left playing has an opportunity to win this league as the parity is that good," he wrote. "If the Hornet organization didn't believe we had the talent and heart to win another League Championship we wouldn't have made the coaching change."

In the other play-in bracket, Midland, at the 10th seed, defeated 7th seed Orillia in two straight, and now moves on to play regular season winners, Penetang, in the best of seven quarterfinals.

The best of seven quarterfinal round between 4th seed Schomberg and 5th seed Caledon got underway yesterday, with Caledon getting the quick jump winning 6-2 for a 1-0 series lead. Game 2 is Thursday night in Schomberg.

Third seed Stayner meets sixth seed Erin, with Game 1 scheduled for Thursday night in Stayner.

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