Alliston v Stayner

Hornets, Siskins set for semifinal meeting

Posted February 18, 2014

The Alliston Hornets and Stayner Siskins will meet in the GMOHL semifinal round for the first time since 2009, with Game 1 slated for Friday night at the NTRC.

While the Hornets made quick work of the Fergus Devils in four games, Stayner reeled off three wins in a row to eliminate the Erin Shamrocks in seven games, after being down 3-1 in the series.

Alliston hasn't played since Game 4 on Feb. 13, while Stayner won 7-0 Sunday night to clinch their spot in the semifinals.

Stayner and Alliston have met each other in league playoffs three times in the last six seasons. In 2009, Alliston swept the semi-final meeting; in 2011 the teams met in the league finals, which Alliston needed all seven games to win it; and the finals rematch in 2012, was also a four game sweep won by Alliston.

In the first round, Alliston scored more goals, 25, in four games, than Stayner scored in 7, 24, while the Hornets gave up 10, and Siskins, 16.

The sides come in on opposite ends of the special teams rankings. Alliston boasts the number one powerplay converting on 33 per cent of its extra man chances, while Stayner ranks 7th, scoring six times on 39 powerplays. But the Siskins are a league playoff best on the penalty kill, giving up only three goals in 36 shorthanded situations, while Alliston has been shorthanded 15 times, conceding four goals.

Hornets coach Clay Birkett said he won't decide on his starting goaltender until after Wednesday night's practice. Connor Ryckman, whose playing in his first Jr. C playoff round is 3-0 with a 1.68 GAA while teammate Tyler Brindle, who led last year's squad to the  title, is 2-1 with a 4.91 GAA. The issue, said Birkett this morning is that Brindle is undefeated against Stayner in regular season.

"I am fortunate to have two excellent goalies," wrote Birkett via email. "Brindle 4-0 vs Stayner this year but Ryc's is very hot as well. A good situation for a coach to have."

Preparing for Stayner is a little different then Schomberg but basically the same game plan," said Birkett. "The message is simple on my side. Effort, discipline and excellent special teams. We are healthy and confident moving forward."

Best of Seven
semifinal round schedule

(2) Alliston v (3) Stayner

1. STA @ ALL Feb 21, 7:30 pm
2. ALL @ STA Feb 23, 1:30 pm
3. STA @ ALL Feb 25, 7:30 pm
4. ALL @ STA Feb 27, 8:00 pm
*5. STA @ ALL Feb 28, 7:30 pm
*6. ALL @ STA Mar 02, 1:30 pm
*7. STA @ ALL Mar 03, 7:30 pm
* if necessary

(1) Penetang v (4) Schomberg
1. PEN @ SCH Feb 20, 8:30 pm
2. SCH @ PEN Feb 21, 8:00 pm
3. SCH @ PEN Feb 24, 8:00 pm
4. PEN @ SCH Feb 27, 8:30 pm
*5. SCH @ PEN Feb 28, 8:00 pm
*6. PEN @ SCH Mar 03, 7:30 pm
*7. SCH @ PEN Mar 04, 8:00 pm
* if necessary

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