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
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
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