Siskins keep a zero in the loss column
GISELE WINTON SARVIS PHOTO/SPECIAL TO THE ENTERPRISE-BULLETIN The Alliston Hornets gave Stayner Siskins goalie Marcus Semiao a workout Sunday night hitting him with 51 shots. Semiao stopped 49 shots for the 5-2 win, keeping the Siskins undefeated (17-0) this season. Semiao currently sits in ninth spot for PJHL goalies with an 11-0 record and 2.0 goals against average.
Stayner Siskins goalie Marcus Semaio was pelted with 51 shots from the Alliston Hornets Sunday night at the New Tecumseth Recreation Centre but only two made into the net.
“They did a great job throwing pucks to the net from everywhere,” said Semiao after he was named No. 1 star of the game.
Meanwhile the Siskins' forwards highlighted the 5-2 winning game with two short-handed goals and two power play goals in front of 558 spectators in Provincial Junior Hockey League (PJHL). The Siskins (17-0) remain undefeated this season sitting first in the Carruthers North Division; six points ahead of second place Hornets.
Siskins Head Coach Dave Steele said Semiao is the type of goalie the team has been looking for years.
“Marcus tonight won us the hockey game. It gives my team more confidence to take more chances offensively if they know they got a guy in the back that can look after things and make it a little unfair for them,” he said.
Alliston Hornets Head Coach Travis Chapman was disappointed with the result but said both goalies did their job. Hornet goalie Andrew North saved 32 shots on net.
“He (Semiao) did what you expect your starting goalie to do - to hold you in the game when the other team is pressing, so full credit to him.
“We kind of let our foot off the gas for a 15-minute stretch and it cost us.
Opening the scoring was Siskins forward Kevin Boyd on a short-handed breakaway in the first period.
The Hornets (14-4) answered back with a goal from Drake Board to end the period in a 1-1 tie.
The second period also ended in a tie 2-2 with goals from Hornet’s Brandon Washer and Siskins Jordan Taylor, who got the last third period goal.
Ben Hughes had a three-point night with both shorthand and a power-play goal and one assist on Jordan Taylor’s power play goal.
Steele said his group of players is working to get better every game.
“We are happy with the results. They have shown that they have grown as a team - they are gelling on the lines they are getting acquainted to the system better. We were doing poorly on our power plays but tonight we connected on two power play goals and two short-handed goals.
“We don’t go out to score on our penalty kills but we’ve done it 10 times this year so far so obviously we are doing something right,” he said.
Chapman said the loss was a tough pill to swallow.
“It’s another learning experience for our group where they can look at the majority of that game and say we probably deserved a bit better than we got.”
Re-joining the Siskins as of Friday night is Mack Falconer (#10), J. D. Falconer’s younger brother. He has had knee surgery after getting injured last season and has been rehabilitating since then.
J.D. assisted on Ben Hughes’ power play goal in the third period and Mack assisted on Hughes’ short-handed goal also in the third period.
“He’s back playing and instantly an impact,” said Steele.
There’s more brother dynamics on the team with Stayner Minor Hockey associated players (AP) Cody Lafreniere, who is last year’s team captain Kyle Lafreniere’s younger brother and Ben Taylor, Jordan Taylor’s younger brother.
In weekend PJHL action, the Siskins defeated the Caledon Golden Hawks 5-1 Thursday night in Stayner before travelling to Huntsville and beating the Otters 9-2 Friday night.
The Golden Hawks (8-9) were also defeated 3-7 by the Penetang Kings Friday (5-6) night but shut out the Midland Flyers 6-0 Sunday.
Midland (6-10) narrowly lost Friday in over time against the Schomberg Cougars (8-8) 5-4 Friday night.
In other Carruthers North action, the Hornets walloped the Orillia Terriers (3-13) 16-2 on Friday night. The Terriers saved face with a 4-2 win over the Huntsville Otters Saturday.
The Siskins play the Hornets two more times in the regular season on Dec. 14 in Stayner and Dec. 22 in Alliston.