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Hornets jump out to quick series lead

Posted February 10, 2014

The Alliston Hornets have a 2-0 best of seven quarterfinal series lead following a pair of opening wins over the weekend against the Fergus Devils.

On Friday night, Alliston opened in Fergus, where the Devils jumped out to a 2-0 lead before the game was 70 seconds old, chasing Hornets goaltender Tyler Brindle from the net, and replaced by Connor Ryckman at 1:06 into the first period.

Alliston's Jamie Bennett put the Hornets on the board at the 14 minute mark to end the period 2-1. Bennett tied the game at 3:59 of the second, and Tanner Dockerty chipped in with a pair at 5:01, and the eventual winner on the powerplay about seven minutes later to make it 4-2. Fergus' James Murray scored with 20 seconds left in the second to draw within one but that's as close as it would come, with no scoring in the third.

Last night, the series shifted to Alliston for Game 2, with Ryckman starting in goal. A scoreless first period, was followed by a three goals in the second, all on the powerplay. Dockerty, picking up from Game 1, and David Leblanc scored for Alliston while Ben Roelofson put Fergus on the board.

It was all Hornets in the third, with Mark O'Donnell, Mike Barosso, and Dakota Brooks into the empty net, adding single markers to make the final score 5-2. Ryckman with the win in goal to move to 2-0.

Hornets coach Clay Birkett told Free Press Online this morning he's pleased with his team's play, "but fighting the flu." "Special teams are good, and home again Tuesday night. Good opportunity to put a strangle hold on the series. Hope to be healthier by Tuesday. Gave the boys tonight off."

Game 3 tomorrow at the NTRC, start time 7:30. A win on home ice sets up the series clincher in Fergus, Thursday night.

In the other series, Penetang has showed Midland little mercy taking a 2-0 series lead, including 11-3 and 10-0 wins over Midland with Game 3 tonight in Penetang.

The sixth seed Erin Shamrocks have jumped out to a 2-1 series lead over Stayner, with back to back wins, following an opening series lost. Game 4 is tomorrow night in Erin.

And Schomberg has bounced back after an opening series loss to post wins in Game 2 and Game 3 over Caledon, with Game 4 tonight in Schomberg.

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