Hornets wrap up 2016 season

April 27, 2016   ·   0 Comments

By Brian Lockhart
After 65 games in the 2015/2016 season, the Alliston Junior C Hornets can hang up the skates – at least for a while.
The Hornets season ended on April 16, with a 3-0 loss to the Port Hope Panthers in game six of their best of seven Schmalz Cup semi-final series.
The Alliston team had a stellar season that saw them claim the Georgian Mid Ontario Junior C Hockey League championship for the eighth time over the past nine years.
After losing only two games all season the Hornets won the League with 35-2-3 record and 73 points. They finished way out in front – 29 points ahead of the second place Huntsville Otters and easily dominated the League this season much to the chagrin of the other teams who have been finding the Alliston dynasty over the past decade very frustrating.
The GMOHL playoffs ended quickly beginning with an Alliston four-game sweep over the Schomberg Cougars in the first round.
The semi-final proved to be bit more of a challenge when the dark horse Erin Shamrocks came from seventh place and managed to knock out the second place Huntsville team in the quarter-final then shocked Alliston fans when they won the first two games of the semi-final.
The Hornets rallied and won the next four to advance to the final.
The championship round ended on March 13, with an Alliston sweep over the Penetang Kings.
With League championships wrapped up around the province the Schmalz Cup playoffs got under way to see which championship team would be crowned top Junior C team in Ontario.
Round one had the Hornets up against the Kincardine Bulldogs of the Western League and ended with a Hornets win in five games. It was the ninth consecutive year the GMOHL has beat the Western League in playoff action.
Moving on to the second round the Hornets were up against the Port Hope Panthers. The two teams met last year in the semi-final and Port Hope won the series in four games.
After playing to a 2-2 tie, the Hornets dropped game five and had to go to Port Hope for game six and win to stay alive.
A 3-0 win in game six of the series ended the Hornets season.
“I think we kind of gave up. They got a couple of quick goals and we got down on ourselves,” Said Hornets forward Devon Gillham after the game five loss.
Gillham scored all four Hornets goals in game five of the series.
“I think it starts on the bus ride. As soon as we get off the bus it starts right there,” He said of getting ready for game six in Port Hope. “We’ve got to get it in our heads that we are going to win that game no matter what.”
The final game saw the Hornets get shutout in the scoring to end the season.
Over all it was one of the best seasons the hockey club has ever had and they ended up being ranked the number one Junior C team in the province.
The Port Hope Panthers are now playing the Ayr Centennials in the Schmalz Cup championship final.

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