The Alliston Junior C Hornets are back on the ice for a regular season after sitting out most of last year and having their 2019/20 season abruptly cancelled due to the pandemic.
The Provincial Junior Hockey League season got underway on October 1, at centres around the province.
With a good crowd in attendance, the Hornets hosted the Orillia Terriers for their season opener at the New Tecumseth Recreation Centre.
After the lost year of hockey and players moving up through the ranks or graduating, the Hornets line-up has eight rookies listed on the roster this season.
The Terriers were leading 2 – 1 in the second period of Friday’s game.
The Hornets tied it up with a nice shot to the top left corner of the net to get back into the game.
A third Orillia goal in the fi nal period put the pressure back on the Alliston team to respond.
The game ended with a 4 – 2 win for Orillia when they scored an empty net goal with less than a minute left on the clock.
“I think if you look at the process of the game, and we were playing five-on-five, we controlled the majority of the game and the majority of the chances,” said Hornets head coach Travis Chapman after Friday’s game. “Our play was okay, we hit a couple of posts on our two power plays, but I think where the game got away from us was, if you’re going to take nine penalties in a game and give up two five-on-threes, the other team is going to take advantage of it. You can’t be on the penalty kill that much.”
Two of the first three Orillia goals were on power plays.
“It’s the time at which you take the penalties,” Chapman said. “We tied the game up and then a couple of minutes later we take two penalties and give them a five-on-three. It’s not just taking penalties, it’s the time you take them – and we took bad penalties at bad times and gave the momentum back, that we had built up.”
A final empty net goal in the last minute of play ended the game with a 4 – 2 win for the Terriers.
The Hornets will be back on home ice on Friday, October 8, to host the Schomberg Cougars. Game time is 7:30 p.m
Brian Lockhart, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, New Tecumseth Times