Hornets advance to semi-finals

February 15, 2017   ·   0 Comments

The Allison Junior C Hornets advanced to the second round of the North Conference playoffs with a 5-4 overtime win in game five of their best of seven quarter-final against the Schomberg Cougars. The Sunday (Feb. 12) night game saw the Hornets trailing by three going into the third period before they tied it up and forced the overtime.

By Brian Lockhart

The Alliston Junior C Hornets advanced to the semi-final round of North Conference of the PJHL after eliminating the Schomberg Cougars in five games.
The end for the Cougars came on Sunday (Feb. 12) night in Alliston when the Hornets fought back from a three goal deficit early in the third period and tied the game forcing an overtime period.
Alliston was leading the series 3-1 when the teams arrived for the Sunday game after delivering a 9-5 win in game four on Thursday night.
After a listless first period on Sunday the Cougars were leading on the only goal of the frame.
Alliston’s Ben Beausaert tied it up in the second period but two more goals gave the Schomberg squad a 3-1 lead when the teams returned for the final period.
When Schomberg notched an early goal on a power play for a 4-1 lead, many in the crowd thought the game was lost and the series would have to continue to game six.
The game turned completely around when the Hornets turned it up a notch and started playing like they wanted to win.
Drake Board scored at the 8:32 mark followed by another one from Matthew Nastasiuk at 14:44.
Ryan McReynolds got the tying goal after taking the feed across the net from Stephen Nosad with 2:43 left in the third period.
Returning for the overtime period the series ended when Drake Board took the shot on an assist from Nosad at 5:19 into the OT period to win the game and the series.
“We came out slow, we didn’t play a complete game. But at the end of the day we had it to come back and finish the game,” said Hornets forward Drake Board after Sunday’s game. “We had the plan to do it in whatever game. The effort has to be consistent on a day to day basis. Today, at the beginning of the game it wasn’t, but in that final stretch we played a good game. At the end of the day it’s just hard work. The coaches can harp on you all day long, all game long, but if you don’t want to work hard you’re not going to win games.”
The Cougars arrived at the series as a seventh place team in the eight-team North Conference but put up a good battle in the series.
“Every game is a new game. The series was hard fought and close,” Board said.
In other playoff series, the Stayner Siskins are leading the Caledon Golden Hawks 3-1.
The Orillia Terriers are leading the Penetang Kings 3-1.
The Midland Flyers and Huntsville Otters are tied 2-2.
The Hornets will go on to the semi-final series to play the winner of the Penetang/Orillia match-up.


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