Siskins take inter-division game
CLEARVIEW TWP. — The Stayner Siskins travelled on a bus without air conditioning but their smiles were as wide as the sweltering September sun on the way home as the team defeated the Wingham Ironmen 9-2 in the first cross-over game between the two north divisions.
This is the first year that the Provincial Junior Hockey League (PJHL) has organized two games a season with teams in the matching compass point divisions. In this case, the Siskins in the Carruthers North Division played the Wingham team in the Pollock North Division.
The No. 1 star of the game went to Siskins rookie Cameron Knowels.
“It was Cameron Knowels’ first junior goal and he got a hat trick out of it. He had a really good game,” said Siskins head coach Dave Steele.
Returning forward J.D. Falconer, of Barrie, not only opened the scoring in the first period but also scored the only goal in the second period and a third on a power play for a hat trick.
The Siskins are now 6-0 and still haven’t even had a practice on home ice as the ice is just going in at the Stayner Memorial Arena.
“We’ve got 12 new players on the team,” said Steele, who is champing at the bit to get some ice time to create a bond and some direction for the team. The team’s first home ice practice is Sunday.
“We have three practices scheduled. We have six hours of ice to fine tune things and we will be really prepared for our home opener Oct. 5.”
“We’ve played six games to the start the season very quickly. During that time we’ve only had two hours of practices. In terms of setting up as to how we are going to function as a group, we haven’t had a lot of team time.”
Against the Ironmen, Knowels garnered his hat trick with two power play goals, one in the first period and one in the third period and another third period goal with an assist from Ben Hughes.
Wingham got on the scoreboard in the first period with one past the net from Shane Vollmer. The Ironmen’s second goal came in the third period from Logan Tolton, unassisted.
Other stand-out performances came from Joey Visconti. He scored a short-hand, unassisted goal in the third period followed by another power-play goal with less than two minutes remaining and got an assist on Falconer’s opening goal.
Ben Hughes played a strong supporting role in the game, racking up four assists.
Captain Lucas Jeffery scored two assists in the third period on Falconer’s and Visconti’s power-play goals.
Saving 28 shots on goal for Stayner was goalie Marcus Semaio, who took the win.
Wingham played both their goalies Jamie Brock and Kyle Morning, who took the loss, for the game with 36 shots on net.
The Siskins played the Otters Friday night at the Canada Summit Centre in Hunstville and came away with a 5-3 win.
Huntsville led the way with two goals in the first period from Nathan Delarosbil and Jack Armstrong. Delarosbil potted Huntsville’s third goal in the second period. Delarosbil was named the No. 1 star of the game.
“They came out against us quite aggressively. They are a quick, small, fast team,” said Steele.
Falconer scored two goals in the second period, the first on a power play with assists from Lucas Jeffery and Jarred Backer and later with assists from Austin Fischer and Ben Hughes.
The third period belonged to the Siskins with three goals from Ben Hughes, Joesy Visconti and Zack Johnston on an empty net with less than a minute left in the game.
Siskins netminder Marcus Semaio got the win saving 17 shots. Otter’s goalie Jones Mitchell made 28 saves.
The cross games are taking place in all four divisions as a pilot project, said Steele.
It gives the teams a chance to see what’s happening in the other divisions.
Stayner has its big drive under its belt. On Oct. 29, the Walkerton Hawks will be travelling to play the Siskins.