Patriots, Hornets to start PJHL North final Wednesday
MOUNT FOREST – The Mount Forest Patriots and Alliston Hornets have released the schedule for their Provincial Junior Hockey League North Conference final.
The best-of-seven series between the Pollock Division champion Patriots and the Carruthers Division champion Hornets is to start Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. at Alliston’s New Tecumseth Recreation Centre.
Game 2 is slated for Saturday at the Mount Forest and District Sports Complex starting at 8:30 p.m.
The third game is to go Sunday at Alliston at 6:30 p.m.
The Mount Forest and District Sports Complex is to host the fourth game March 28 beginning at 8 p.m.
If a fifth game is needed, it’s to be played March 31 at Alliston. Game time will be 7:30 p.m.
The series will return to Mount Forest April 2 if a sixth game is necessary. Game time will be 2 p.m.
If the series needs to go its seven-game limit, the seventh and deciding game is to be played at Alliston April 3 starting at 7:30 p.m.
The winner of the series will advance to the league’s semifinals against the East Conference champion. That East championship series between the Lakefield Chiefs and Port Hope Panthers is to start Tuesday at 7:25 p.m. at Lakefield.
The Patriots reached the North Division final by winning three consecutive series to take the Pollock crown. They swept the Wingham Ironmen 4-0 in the quarter-finals before edging the Mitchell Hawks 4-3 in the semifinals and the Walkerton Hawks 4-3 in the final.
Mount Forest is 12-6 in the playoffs after going 17-17-2 in the regular season. They had five players top the 20-point mark in the regular season – Michael Stefanelli with 15 goals and 15 assists, Brendon Aitken with 15 goals and 13 assists, Shawn Lantz with four goals and 24 assists, Ryan Maksymyk with 12 goals and 13 assists and Jack Vautour with 10 goals and 15 assists. Goaltender Mathieu Oullette put together a 15-10-2 record with a 2.65 goals-against average and .925 save percentage to be named the division’s MVP.
Different players have handled the scoring for the Patriots in the playoffs. They have nine players who have collected at least 10 points in the playoffs and they’re led by Ryley Cribbin with nine goals and 12 assists, Spencer Holt with nine goals and 10 assists and Troy Oakley with six goals and 10 assists. Oullette has played all but 23 minutes of Mount Forest’s playoff games and has a 2.87 goals-against average and .915 save percentage.
The Hornets are 12-2 in the playoffs as they defeated the Schomberg Cougars 4-1 in the Carruthers quarter-finals and the Penetang Kings 4-1 in the semifinals before sweeping the Stayner Siskins 4-0 in the final.
Alliston had 13 players record more than 20 points during a regular season that was six games longer than Mount Forest’s. The Hornets were led by Drake Board who had 45 goals and 32 assists while Devon Gillham had 33 goals and 25 assists and Ryan Young collected 17 goals and 34 assists. Goaltenders Mike Masucci and Chase Krompocker split time in net. Masucci was 18-2-1 with a 2.72 goals-against average and .900 save percentage while Krompocker was 16-3-0 with 2.49 goals-against average and .905 save percentage.
Board has 16 goals and 20 assists in 14 playoff games while Stephen Nosad has 13 goals and 17 assists and Gillham has 14 goals and 11 assists. Matthew Nixon has taken over in net and has a 9-1-1 record, 2.89 goals-against average and .903 save percentage.
The league’s conference finals are to start Tuesday as Port Hope is to play at Lakefield at 7:25 p.m. and the Essex 73’s are to host the Dorchester Dolphins at 7:30 p.m. in the first game of the West Conference final. The South Conference final between the Ayr Centennials and Grimsby Peach Kings is to start Thursday at Ayr at 7:30 p.m.
- Guelph Sports Journal