A Hur­ri­cane of hockey games

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In six days the Till­son­burg Hur­ri­canes Jr A Hockey Club saw six games. In­cluded in those re­cent games was a back-to­back against di­vi­sion-lead­ing St. Ge­orge Ravens.

The first of the six saw Till­son­burg host the Tot­ten­ham Steam where the Hur­ri­canes took a 7-2 vic­tory, then the Canes had the Ravens ‘In at the Bunker’ (Till­son­burg Kins­men Memo­rial Arena) just 24 hours later. With a de­pleted bench due to in­juries and sus­pen­sions, the Canes per­formed ex­cel­lent but were de­feated 7-6 with some sus­pect of­fi­ci­at­ing.

Just 17 hours later the Canes would make their way to St.Ge­orge to play the first-place Ravens with only 10 men. The re­sult was a 1-0 de­feat for the Hur­ri­canes, again with some very sus­pect of­fi­ci­at­ing.

“I’m very proud of each of these guys that had the guts to suit up against a very strong team and put in the per­for­mance not only on Fri­day, but Satur­day and Sun­day,” said GM and head coach Ja­son Dopaco. “As well, Sun­day, I have never seen young men put them­selves through so much ad­ver­sity and still be in the game.

“This is a spe­cial group of play­ers, right from the get go it has been a fam­ily.”

The Canes then took a much needed day off and got back to work at prac­tice Tues­day and Wed­nes­day.

Last Fri­day night saw the Ni­a­gara on the Lake Na­tion­als visit ‘your home­town Till­son­burg Hur­ri­canes.’ The Canes took an early lead but the Na­tion­als would not quit and pushed the low-manned Canes deep into the third pe­riod. The Na­tion­als led 5-4 go­ing into the fi­nal three min­utes when France na­tive Louis Ra­belle man­aged to re­di­rect a puck in down-low. Just a minute-and-ahalf later new­comer to the Canes Ivan Sub­botin stole a puck at the op­pos­ing blue line and found Dal­las Routh for a short break­away to score the game win­ner.

The Hur­ri­canes were then on the road to play the Northum­ber­land Stars. The Canes had some bus trou­ble along the way get­ting them to the rink very close to game time. The Canes were slow and lack­lus­ter in this per­for­mance and the ef­fects of in­jury and sus­pen­sion had fa­tigue set­ting in. Till­son­burg fell 7-5 to the Stars.

With a four-hour bus ride home and a lot to think about, the Canes were back in ac­tion 16 hours later. The Canes made their way to North York to play the Toronto Preda­tors. With Grif­fin Sin­den and Ri­ley El­lis re­turn­ing to the lineup, the Canes seemed to have a lot of jump com­ing out strong af­ter the ter­ri­ble per­for­mance just 16 hours ear­lier. Ivan Bon­darenko and Sin­den im­me­di­ately got to work along with Routh, Clay­ton Hilker, and a strong of­fen­sive game for sea­soned vet­eran Kam Wil­son.

“What a roller coaster week­end, we were down in the bod­ies de­part­ment again but man­aged to pull four outta six points this week­end,” said Dopaco. “It’s good, just not great. I do rec­og­nize that we are tired and down bod­ies.

“We have added a new player, Ivan Sub­botin, which we picked up from the New Te­cum­seth Civics. We also have Dmitri Se­lyutin com­ing in Mon­day who will add to al­ready strong of­fen­sive punch.”

The Greater Metro Jr. A Hockey League re­leased their play­ers of the month see­ing Till­son­burg Hur­ri­canes’ as­sis­tant cap­tain, No. 49 Ivan Bon­darenko, win For­ward of the Month with 41 goals and 31 as­sists on the sea­son for 72 points in 14 games.

Next Canes home game will be Fri­day, Nov. 9 against the Lon­don Lak­ers. Warmup starts at 7 p.m., puck drop at 7:30 p.m. Come out and sup­port your lo­cal Ju­nior hockey team.

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