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Hornets get payback from last week’s loss to Huntsville

November 30, 2018   ·   0 Comments

By Brian Lockhart


The Alliston Hornets got a little payback during their Saturday (Nov. 24) game against the Huntsville Otters.

When the two teams met last week on Friday, November 18, the Otters put the Hornets away with a 5-2 win.

The Hornets showed up on Saturday raring to get the two points for a win.

Alliston’s Keegan Gilles-McAnulty opened the scoring at 2:37 into the first period.

Huntsville matched it six minutes later to end the first period tied at one.

The Otters moved ahead with an early goal just 1:14 into the second period but it was a short-lived lead.

Hornets forward Ryan Sallows got his first of the night just 1:26 later to tie it up.

Alliston moved ahead when Joey Visconti scored at the 4:33 mark then followed up with a second goal 2:20 later to give the Hornets a 4-2 lead.

The final period had the Hornets ahead by four when Caden Maher and Ryan Sallows scored – with Visconti getting the assist on both goals.

The game was far from over when Huntsville’s Cody Parent hit the back of the Hornets net twice in the third period on goal just a minute apart.

Jack Beck got the final Hornets goal to make it a 7-4 game and the Alliston squad left the ice with the win.

“Coming into the game we definitely got our heads going for the game tonight. The last time we didn’t play our best so we wanted to right that wrong,” said Hornets forward Joey Visconti, about meeting up again with Huntsville after taking a loss in their last match-up. “We go into every game thinking we win. We think we’re the best team in this league, and that’s our goal – to win every night. We take every game the exact same way. We have our pre-game meeting, the warm up, then we focus.”

The two third period Huntsville goals put the Hornets back on edge and they turned it up a notch to finish the night.

“We let off the gas a bit. We got to comfortable,” Visconti said. “Once they got their two goals we dialed right back in and we controlled the rest of the game. Day by day we’re becoming closes (as a team). Our work ethic in practice is incredible.”

The Hornets will be back on home ice at the NTRC this Friday, November 30, when they host the Stayner Siskins.

Game time is 7:30 p.m.

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