Rocks fall behind early in loss to Milverton

ELORA – The Elora Rocks yielded five goals in the second period as they were dropped 8-6 by the Milverton Four Wheel Drives in Western Ontario Athletic Association senior men’s hockey A semifinal play Saturday night at the Elora and District Community Centre.

The Rocks rallied in the third to make the final score close. They trailed 7-2 with five minutes to go in the second.

Milverton led 2-0 at the end of the first period and 7-3 at the end of the second. The Drives scored early in the third before the hosts scored three in a row to narrow the gap.

Andrew Whalen had a hat trick for the Rocks while single goals were scored by Mark Rozak, Ed Gaffney and Sam Bilton. Brett Coverdale, Bilton and Corey Flemington had two assists apiece while Rozak, Whalen amd Kevin Tuckey each had one.

Dennis Dewar had two goals for Milverton while Drew McKee, Colin Martin, Mitchell Boertien, Chris Corbett, Riley Conners and Mike Vitelli each had a single goal. Alex Uttley helped on three of the goals as Conners had two assists and Martin, Nick Criminisi, Boertien and Liam Buckley each had one.

Colin Dunne started in net for the Rocks. He was lifted after Milverton’s sixth goal and Austin Hoegy took over for the remainder of the game. Dunne had 21 saves and Hoegy had 16.

Brayden Bruce had 30 saves in the Milverton net.

The game had originally been scheduled for Friday night in Elora, but poor traveling conditions due to the weather caused its postponement. As a result, both teams were short players. The Rocks had 14 players including the two goalies while Milverton had 16 players including two goalies.

The win gives Milverton a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series that is basically a consolation semifinal. The A playoffs include the teams that finished in the bottom six of the league’s regular-season standings. The top eight are in the AA playoffs.

Game 4 is to go Sunday at Milverton’s Perth East Recreation Complex.

Game 5 is to be played at Elora Friday at 8:30 p.m.


Four Wheel Drives 8 Rocks 6
Milverton     2-5-1–8
Elora            0-3-3–6
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