Alliston Hornets face Penetang Kings in first round of playoffs

March 9, 2023   ·   0 Comments

By Brian Lockhart

The Alliston Hornets have played their final regular season and will go into the Provincial Junior Hockey League playoffs as the number two seed.

The final game took place on Monday, Mar. 6, against the Caledon Golden Hawks at the New Tecumseth Recreation Centre. The game had been rescheduled from the previous Friday. That game was postponed due to inclement weather.

Friday’s game got off to a slow start, with the Golden Hawks getting the only goal in the first period.

The Hornets responded in the second period by tying it up and going ahead by two.

Alliston’s goals came from Jacob Power, Andrew Maltby, and Ben Taylor.

The Hawks scored another with less than a minute remaining in the frame.

Malby got his second of the night with ten second left on the clock to give the Hornets a 4-2 lead with one period remaining.

The game ended with a 7-3 Hornets win when the Alliston squad scored three times in the final period.

Goals came from Gavin Tornoff, Payton Palbiski, and Adam Hoppe.

This is going to be a good year for fans to watch the playoffs as the battle for the top spot is going to provide some very exciting hockey – especially when the semi-finals get underway.

The Hornets finished the regular season in second place with 63 points – nine points behind the first-place Stayner Siskins. They had a 30-9-1 record for the season, including two overtime losses that gave them one point for each game.

The Hornets will be up against the Penetang Kings in their quarter-final series. The Kings had a dismal season, winning only nine games after 40 times on the ice this season.

The Stayner Siskins will meet either the Caledon Golden Hawks or the Midland Flyers in their quarter-final series.

Both the Hawks and the Flyers ended the season with 21 points. They will have a final game to determine which team will enter the playoffs as the last-place seed. That game took place on Wednesday, Mar. 8, with results not available at press time.

The third-place Schomberg Cougars will be up against the Huntsville Otters in their quarter-final.

Schomberg ended the season with a 28-11-1 record, including two overtime losses. Huntsville had a 17-22-1 record.

The fourth-place Innisfil Spartans will meet the fifth-place Orillia Terriers. Those teams finished the season just one point apart, so it should make for a real battle in that series.

As of press time, the Alliston versus Penetang series schedule had not yet been announced, but the series will likely get underway with game one on Wednesday.


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