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Hornets leading Huntsville 2 – 0 in quarter-final

February 13, 2020   ·   0 Comments

By Brian Lockhart

It didn’t take the Alliston Hornets very long to set the tone in their quarter-final Carruthers Division series against the Huntsville Otters.

The Hornets shut-out the Otters 7 – 0 in the opening game of their best-of-seven series at the New Tecumseth Recreation Centre on Friday night, February 7.

Alliston out-shot Huntsville 42-21 in a game that saw the Hornets defence frustrate the Otters attack for the entire game.

Alliston forward, Caden Maher got the opening goal at 12:20 into the first period.

The Hornets were leading 4 -1 at the end of the second on goals from Didier Koenigs, Jacob Power on a powerplay, and a pair from Keegan Gillis-McAnulty.

They wrapped it up with two more third period goals from Evan Spencer and Caden Maher.

Hornets goalie, Adam Scott, got the shut-out.

“I think we played really well,” said Hornets head coach Travis Chapman after Friday’s game. “We’ve been waiting for the playoffs to start for about five or six weeks and the guys were anxious to get going. We really didn’t finish off as many chances as we could have early in the game. The second and third we started to finish off more chances. We got a few goals off the rush. It’s nice to see our guys taking what we worked on in practices and putting in the game. They (Huntsville) were kind of sitting back and trying to trap a bit. The risk you run when you do that is you let the other team get a lot of speed through the neutral. We did. Once guys are moving through the zone and they’ve got speed and you can move the puck around you can create some pretty big lanes.”

The Hornets finished the regular season in first place with 72 points – 16 points ahead of the second place Stayner Siskins.

“When we started the year – we haven’t finished first in three years before this year – we’ve been chasing Stayner for the last three. We had a goal that we wanted to win the regular season. To our guys’ credit, we had two, ten-game winning streaks. They really did a good job of focusing on the weekend at hand and trying to sweep the weekend. It was nice to see our guys stick with our plan, they didn’t get away from it.”

The Hornets travelled to Huntsville two day later for Game Two of the series on Sunday, February 9.

They left the ice with a 3 – 2 win to lead the series 2 – 0.

The series returns to Alliston for game three on Friday, February 14.

Game time is 7:30 p.m.


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