Patriots dumped by Alliston, trail North final 3-0
ALLISTON – The Mount Forest Patriots are facing being swept from the Provincial Junior Hockey League’s playoffs for the second time this season after they were dropped 8-1 by the Alliston Hornets Sunday night at the New Tecumseth Recreation Centre.
The win gives Alliston a 3-0 lead in the best-of-seven North Conference final.
The Patriots dropped the first three games of their Pollock Division semifinal to the Mitchell Hawks before winning four in a row to advance to the division final.
Sunday, the Patriots hit for the first goal of the game when Blair Butchart scored at the 12:17 mark of the first period. Spencer Holt and Ryley Cribbin assisted on the play.
The scoring was all Alliston after that, starting with a pair of power-play goals by former Guelph Hurricane Mackenzie Flewelling in the final three minutes of the first period.
Alliston led 2-1 after the first and 4-1 after the second.
Devon Gillham and Ryan McReynolds also scored twice apiece for the Hornets while single goals were added by Drake Board and Ryan Sallows.
Alliston outshot Mount Forest 35-33 and went 4-for-5 on its power play while the Patriots were scoreless on seven power plays.
Mathieu Oullette took the loss in net for the Patriots while Matthew Nixon was the winning netminder for Alliston.
Fourth game of the series is set for Tuesday at 8 p.m. at Mount Forest.
Hornets 8 Patriots 1
1. Mount Forest, Butchart (Holt, Cribbin) 12:17
2. Alliston, Flewelling (Gillham, Nosad) 17:09 pp
3. Alliston, Flewelling (McReynolds, Livingston) 19:27 pp
Penalties: Washer All (high sticking), 13:28; Stefanelli MtF (interference), 16:11; Holt MtF (tripping), 17:37; Nastasiuk All (hooking), 19:41.
4. Alliston, Board (Nastasiuk) 8:30
5. Alliston, Gillham (Gage) 19:50
Penalties: Ferguson All (charging), 5:32; Oakley MtF (roughing), 13:20; Board All (high sticking), 13:49; Lewis All (cross checking), 16:11; Mostowy MtF (unsportsmanlike conduct), Hamilton All (roughing double minor), 17:26; Aitken MtF (roughing), Hogarth All (roughing), 18:27.
6. Alliston, Gillham (Nosad, Lewis) 10:50
7. Alliston, Sallows (Smyth, McReynolds) 13:29
8. Alliston, McReynolds (Lewis, Smyth) 14:20 pp
9. Alliston, McReynolds (Livingston) 18:53 pp
Penalties: Mostowy MtF (unsportsmanlike conduct), Birkett All (interference), Lewis All (unsportsmanlike conduct), 1:12; Richardson MtF (head contact, head contact misconduct), 13:29; Bench MtF (too many men, served by Aitken), 17:32.
Shots on Goal
Mount Forest 9-0-24–33
Goalies: Oullette (L, 35 shots-27 saves), Mount Forest; Nixon (W, 33 shots-32 saves), Alliston.
Power Plays (goals-chances): Mount Forest 0-7; Alliston 4-5.
Referees: Bannerman, Park; Linesmen: Bougie, Pearce.
- Guelph Sports Journal