Hornets win one, lose one

March 3, 2023   ·   0 Comments

By Brian Lockhart

It was a split week for the Alliston Hornets, winning on the road, but taking a loss in their Friday night home game.

The squad travelled to Stayner on Thursday, November 23, to take on the first place Stayner Siskins.

The Siskins took a 2-1 lead in the first period.

Alliston’s goal came from Cole Turcotte at 15:08 into the period.

It was tied up in the second when Jacob Power hit the back of the Siskins’ net

Connor Hiles got the go-ahead goal in the second period, then followed up with an empty net goal when the Siskins pulled their goalie to put an extra attacker on the ice.

The final was a 4-2 win for the Hornets.

They were back at it the following night when they hosted the Huntsville Otters at the New Tecumseth Recreation Centre.

In this game, the Hornets came out a little slow and allowed the Otters to get the first goal in the first period.

Andrew Maltby scored late in the frame to tie it up.

Alliston went ahead on a goal from Cole Turcotte, but it was tied again when the Otters scored just over a minute later.

The Otters took the lead again early in the final period.

It was again a tie game when Jacob English scored with just over two minutes later.

With no more scoring the game went into three-on-three overtime to decide the winner.

When the Hornets received an interference penalty, the game went to a four-on-three format.

Huntsville scored at 5:55 into the OT period for the win.

“We started out a little slow and sloppy but we got it together coming in at the end of the first,” said Alliston defenceman, Jacob English, after the game. “We carried that through in the second. We couldn’t close it out in the final minutes. I don’t think we really had the offence going on tonight – we couldn’t get our passes on. That really affected the shots on net.”

Despite the loss, the Hornets were still reveling in the previous night’s win over Stayner.

“I think we got under their skin,” Jacob said. “Obviously they lost 8-4 (Feb. 4) the last time we played them. Going into that game they weren’t expecting anything different. We just took it to them. We had a lot of shots, good offence, and buried the puck when the opportunities were there – we took it to them.”

After the weekend, the Hornets are in second place with 59 points, and will finish the season in that spot.

Stayner remains in first place with 66 points.

The Schomberg Cougars in the number three spot with 53 points.

The Hornets will return to the NTRC for their final regular season game when they will host the Caledon Golden Hawks on Friday, March 3.

Game time is 7:30 p.m.

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