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Alliston Hornets no longer own a nasty sting, which is obvious in the early going of the Junior C hockey season; although the defending league champions can still hurt you.

Stayner Siskins can attest to this. The two clubs have played four times this young season and the Hornets have won three times. The first two wins were by identical 6 2 scores and Alliston outplayed Stayner.

The next two games were played last week in a home and home series. Thursday night in Stayner’s barn the Hornets narrowly beat the home team 1 0, and the following night in Alliston, the Siskins got their revenge winning 3 2. Stayner’s win marks only the second loss for Alliston. Penetang delivered the 4 1 defeat to Alliston on Oct. 20, which undoubtedly sent a message to the other teams that Alliston is not the team they once were. wholesale nfl jerseys from china The Hornets did suffer a 5 4 shootout loss earlier in the season to Schomberg but that doesn’t count as a loss.

Penetang leads the Georgian Bay Mid Ontario Junior C Hockey League with a 11 0 1 2 record. Alliston is next, 11 2 0 1. Schomberg and Caledon follow with 10 3 3 1 statistics.

Stayner currently sits in sixth place in the 10 team league with a 6 4 1 0 record.

Siskins general manager Richard Gauthier said this team is younger than usual and going to take some time for the group to learn to play at a higher level than Midget or Juvenile.

In the two games against Alliston, Stayner clicked on only one power play opportunity despite having nine chances. On the flip side, the penalty kill units stopped nine out of 10 attempts.

In the Thursday night loss before a large Stayner partisan crowd, both netminders made stellar saves throughout the game. Tyler Brindle was exceptional in blocking 39 shots to earn the shutout. Stayner’s Aaron Taylor made only one mistake, a late second period goal by Mark O’Donnell. He stopped 26 pucks sent his way.

Friday in the Hornets arena, Stayner played with aggression, forchecked, and scored three times in the first period. The goals weren’t pretty but the general manager was happy with the team’s play. The first goal deflected off a Hornets player (credited to Ryan Hudson, powerplay marker), number two goal changed direction thanks to Jeff Hamm’s stick being on the ice from a Ricky Darrell blast, and Steve Griggs pounded the puck into the mesh on a rebound.

was nice to win but it would have been nice to take a 3 0 lead and just bury them, said Gauthier.

According to Gauthier, Stayner’s play in the second and third period were ok but bottom line is Stayner was out scored in each of those two periods.

are only going to get better as we go, he added.

The team will learn coach Steve Walker’s system, adjust to the Junior game, and you can bet Gauthier will sign other players. He is looking for a defenceman, but right now there’s none out there that he can sign.

Games in store for Stayner this week are Thursday night at home against Schomberg and Sunday in Caledon. Both teams are perched higher in the standings than Stayner meaning the significance of these games is important.

Nov. 6 is the date for the all star game, which features players form the Western league against the Georgian Bay Mid Ontario League.

Ryan Hudson, Jeff Hamm, Derick Robertson are representing Stayner.

Jesse Anderson, Steve Griggs, and Dakota Hynes are suiting up in their Stayner jerseys for the prospect game earlier. The game is in Kincardine. The winner of the game gets home ice advantage in the OHA quarter finals.

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October 27th, 2011 at 8:07 am

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