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Hornets win over Stayner after first period blitz

December 18, 2019   ·   0 Comments

By Brian Lockhart

It wasn’t the game fans were expecting when the first place Alliston Hornets hosted the second place Stayner Siskins at the New Tecumseth Recreation Centre on Friday night.

The Hornets opened the scoring just 42 seconds into the game on a goal from Ben Taylor.

They followed up with four more unanswered first period goals to lead 5 – 0 when the buzzer sounded.

Jakob Power scored on an unassisted effort, then assisted on Ben Taylor’s second goal of the night.

Jordan Taylor scored the final two first period goals.

The Siskins scored early in the second period.

Alliston’s Brandon Smyth hit the back of the net to make it a 6 – 1 game.

Stayner fought back scoring twice in the space of 38 seconds then scored a third just over a minute later.

The period ended with Ben Taylor getting his third of the night and final goal by Rhys Brown to give the Hornets an 8 – 4 lead with one period left to go.

The only scoring in the final frame saw Mitch Livingston score on a powerplay at 1:17 into the third period.

The game ended with a 9 – 4 win for the Hornets.

It was a pretty chippy game with Stayner taking a total of 72 minutes on 18 infractions and the Hornets taking 34 minutes on ten infractions.

Coach Travis Chapman said he wasn’t surprised that the Hornets could open the game with such a dominant response in the first period over a second place team.

“We’re confident in who we are and what we can do,” Chapman said after the game. “I think we’ve played some good hockey over the past couple of games. We were really happy with how we played last night.”

The Hornets won 7 – 4 over the Schomberg Cougars the previous night.

“I think our guys are eager to make a statement about how good of a club we can be, and I think we did that,” Chapman said. “I think we missed some backchecks,” he said of the four Stayner goals in the second period. “We let some guys skate free. They’re (Stayner) are scoring five goals a game and you’re going to give them some chances. I think we missed some assignments and they made us pay for it but we still got three of our own in the second.”

It was a pretty rough affair with a lot of penalties and few misconducts in the second and third periods.

“If you look at the year-long standings they’re the most penalized team in the league,” Chapman said. “They want to be physical and try and play that kind of game while we’re certainly not trying get called on things. We’re trying to be hard to play against rather than stand in the box. That’s 21 games in a row now where we’ve got points. The last time we lost in regulation was in mid October. We’ve really focused on our process and what we are doing as opposed to worrying about the results and let that take care of itself. I think our guys have bought into that. We’re able to focus on the game at hand. Once it’s done we put it to bed and move on to the next one.”

The Hornets won’t have a home game this Friday night.

Instead, they will be on the ice at the NTRC on Sunday, December 22, to host the Midland Flyers.

Game time is 6:30 p.m.


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