Hornets win quarter-final in four-game sweep

February 10, 2016   ·   0 Comments

Brian Lockhart
The Alliston Hornets have advanced in the Georgian Mid Ontario Junior C Hockey League playoffs with a quarter-final series win over the Schomberg Cougars.
The best-of-seven series got under way on Wednesday, February 3, in Alliston and ended with a 5-2 win for the Hornets in game one.
Going into the series the Hornets won the League finishing the regular season with a 35-2-3 record and 73 points.
The Cougars finished with 29 points and a 13-24-3 record – three points ahead of the Orillia Terries who, as the ninth place team failed to win a berth in the playoffs.
Going to the Trisan Centre in Schomberg the following night, game two ended with a 7-3 Alliston win.
The series was back in Alliston for game three and at the end of the first period the Hornets were leading 5-2.
Things got a little ugly late in the second frame when a checking from behind call on the Hornets resulted in some rather heated discussion that saw the Schomberg coach ejected from the game.
The Cougars scored the only third period goal to end the game 7-4 with the Hornets leading the series 3-0.
The series was a physically rough bunch of games. The two teams played the final regular season game against each other on January 31, before heading into the playoffs, in a match that resulted in a slew of third period penalties both minor and major.
“I think it’s probably been what we would have expected,” said Hornets head coach Darrin Shannon of the physical effort after game three in Alliston. “We have to be prepared to come tomorrow (Feb. 8) and it will probably be the exact same thing and we have to be prepared to win it. Any time you play a team six times in a row – we played two of our last three games and their last two (regular season) games were against us – there’s certainly bad blood and some hostility, that’s what happens. We need to be ready for it just like they’re going to be ready for it. That’s not surprising any time you have a series.”
When the teams came out on the ice for game four they seemed prepared to concentrate on playing the game.
The Hornets notched four unanswered goals in the first period to pretty much end the game by the time the buzzer sounded to end the frame.
At the final buzzer the Hornets took the game 7-0 and won the series in four games.
The Hornets will now have to wait out the other quarter-final series to see who they will be up against in the semi-final round.
As of Monday (Feb. 8) night, the Erin Shamrocks were leading the Huntsville Otters 2-1.
The Stayner Siskins were 2-1 over the Caledon Golden Hawks.
In the north end, the Penetang Kings were leading the Midland Flyers 2-1.

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