Alliston Hornets to finish regular season in second place

February 16, 2023   ·   0 Comments

By Brian Lockhart

Unless the first-place Stayner Siskins have a major meltdown and lose their remaining regular season games, the Alliston Hornets will finish in second place this season.

The Hornets’ win over the Orillia Terriers on home ice on Friday, Feb 10, gives them a 25-8-1 record and 52 points for the season.

Friday’s game against Orillia was a fast-paced effort for both squads right from the start.

Jack Micone got the opening goal at 5:30 into the first period. That was followed by a second Alliston marker at 10:30 into the period.

The only goal of the second frame came from the Hornets’ Mark Coish late in the period.

Orillia got on the scoreboard just 45 seconds into the final period.

It was a 6-1 game when the Hornets scored three goals in three and a half minutes.

Their goals came from Cole Turcotte, Mark Coish, and Connor Hiles.

Ashton Kirwin got the final Hornets goal with just under two minutes left on the clock.

Orillia scored with less than a minute remaining.

The final was a 7-2 win for the Hornets – their 25th win this season.

The Hornets have had a strange couple of weeks. They lost badly to the Schomberg Cougars on Jan 26, then followed up with another loss to the eighth-place Penetang Kings, but returned to their ice in their next game and hammered the first-place Stayner Siskisn for a win.

“We really wanted to beat them, they’re the top team,” said Hornets Forward Mark Coish, about the Stayner game. “We just came out and played an all around good game and put the wood to them.”

Another loss to the Huntsville Otters on Sunday robbed the squad of two points.

They looked a lot better in Friday’s game against Orillia.

“Once we started hitting the net, the pucks started going our way, and we got seven goals,” Coish said after Friday’s game. “I thought everything was clicking and we were firing. The pucks were going our way and we would bury them.”

The Hornets missed one mid-week game this past week when the ice plant at the arena failed, and the ice pads at the New Tecumseth Recreation Centre were closed. The town managed to get a temporary fix in, and the ice pads were re-opened ahead of schedule.

The Hornets were supposed to play the Schomberg Cougars on Wednesday, but that game is now rescheduled for Feb 20. The Alliston squad was looking forward to that game.

“We were down a couple of guys but we did want to play Schomberg,” Coish said. “We haven’t had the best record against them, but other than that, we were ready to go. Now, we’ve just got to keep playing solid and bring it to the playoffs.”

The Hornets will be on home ice at the New Tecumseth Recreation Centre on Friday, Feb 17, to host the Penetang Kings.

Game time is 7:30 p.m.


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