Siskins get a little revenge against Hornets
GISELE WINTON SARVIS PHOTO/SPECIAL TO THE ENTERPRISE-BULLETIN Siskins Captain Lucas Jeffery (8) digs deep into the Alliston Hornet’s end during Thursday first contest of the rivals while Hornet’s defender Brandon Smyth takes the puck away from goalie Brendan Macham. Jeffery scored in the second period and Siskins won 6-3.
CLEARVIEW TWP. - The Stayner Siskins pocket first place in the Carruthers North Division of the Provincial Junior Hockey League with Thursday night’s 6-3 victory over their No. 1 rival the Alliston Hornets.
Coming into their first contest of the season both teams had 10 wins. The Siskins remain undefeated with 11-0 and the Hornets are 11-2. Each team has 22 points.
In front a home crowd of 475 people, the Hornets opened the scoring midway through the first period but Siskins forward Jordan Taylor potted a goal only moments after play resumed to end the first period in a 1-1 tie.
The second period ended in a 2-2 tie with a Hornet’s goal from Drake Board on a power play and a Siskins goal by Stayner native and team captain Lucas Jeffery.
The Hornets took the lead in the third period but the Siskins tied it up again with a goal from Ben Skuce.
“Kevin Boyd came around the back and gave me a nice pass right on my tape and I one-timed it right over the shoulder,” said the Barrie native.
Hornets’ penalties gave the Siskins power plays opportunity.
Joey Visconti pulled the Siskins ahead with a power play goal, assisted by Ben Hughes.
On a second power play J.D. Falconer got one between the pipes with an assist by Curtis Ballantyne, who also assisted on Taylor’s first period goal.
“I think what caused this was they took a lot of dumb penalties and we just capitalized on all those penalties,” said Jeffery.
The Hornets pulled the goalie to play an extra player in the last two minutes but Visconti scored on their open net after a pass from Jeffery.
“I think it was a good time to have a game against them now that our players on our team realize what the competition is. Alliston is our real competition and now we get to see how they play. I think we did a good job,” Jeffery said.
The Siskins outshot the Hornets 59 to 30, making it a challenging game for Hornet’s goalie Brendan Macham.
“Tonight I found their goalie Brendan Macham he played a really good game. He was stopping a lot of cross creases a lot of good chances by us. We just couldn’t beat him,” said Jeffery.
Skuce added, “We had to get the dirty goals to beat him.”
Marcus Semiao, of Bradford, got the win, stopping 27 shots on net for a save percentage of .92 as compared to Macham’s .94.
Hornets Head Coach Travis Chapman said “We shot ourselves in the foot in the third period. We got the lead and then we took a couple of penalties and gave them a chance to get back into it.
“They are undefeated so obviously they are a good team and they were pressuring and we got away from what we were doing to get the lead and they capitalized on it.”
Chapman said the teams are equally matched and he expects close scores for the games to come.
“That’s what these games are going to be - who makes the mistake that costs themselves in the end. We got the five on three which we took advantage of and we gave them late power plays in the third and they took advantage of that.”
Hughes, Visconti and Falconer are all having really good seasons with the Siskins and Board, Captain Ryan Young, and Ryan Sallows are having good season with the Hornets, said Chapman.
“They are really even matched teams and they are fun games to be a part of.