Hornets take it on the chin with back-to-back losses

February 2, 2023   ·   0 Comments

By Brian Lockhart

The Alliston Hornets had a tough week giving up two losses in a row before pulling off a late win on Saturday night after playing three games in as many nights.

The squad travelled down Highway 27 on Thursday, Jan. 26, to take on the third-place Schomberg Cougars.

The first period turned into a disaster for the Hornets when Schomberg scored three unanswered goals.

Schomberg followed up with two more in the second to lead 5-0 with one period left to go.

Alliston’s Owen Fralick put the Hornets on the scoreboard at 8:10 into the third period to avoid the shut-out, but the Cougars put one more in the Alliston net to leave the ice with a 6-1 win.

The following night, on Jan. 27, the Hornets travelled north to take on the Penetang Kings. The Kings came to the game as the last-place team in the Division. They had won only three games after 28 times on the ice this year.

It should have been a solid win for the Hornets, but the Alliston team gave up one goal in the first period, then dropped behind 2-0 early in the second frame.

Cole Turcotte lit up the scoreboard on the Alliston side at 2:22 into the second period.

The Kings scored just over two minutes later and were leading 3-1 heading into the third.

The Hornets closed the gap with a goal from Own Fralick early in the third, but Penetang scored again and held on to take 4-2 win.

In their third game in as many nights, the Hornets were back up north to take on the Midland Flyers on Saturday, Jan. 28.

The game was tied at two after the first period with Cole Turcotte getting both of the Alliston goals.

Connor Hiles and Parker Mills scored early in the second to give the Hornets a 4-2 lead.

For the rest of the period, the teams traded goals, with Alliston getting three more and Midland also getting three.

Alliston’s goals came from Mark Coish, and a hattrick for Turcotte who got his third of the game with 29 seconds left on the clock.

With a 7-5 lead going into the third period, Mills got his second of the night at 7:28 into the period. Andrew Maltby scored the final Alliston goal and the Hornets left the ice with a 9-6 win.

After the weekend, the Hornets maintain third place in the Division but the two losses have allowed the third-place Schomberg Cougars to close the gap in the points column.

The Hornets now have a 22-7-1 record including one overtime loss and 46 points.

The Stayner Siskins remain the powerhouse team this year, losing only one game after 29 times on the ice.

The Hornets will have a rare Saturday game this weekend when they host the Stayner Siskins at the New Tecumseth Recreation Complex on Feb. 4.

Game time is 4:00 p.m.

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