On the road in New Ham­burg for the only game of the week, Jacks fall in OT to the Fire­birds

The Woolwich Observer - - SPORTS - FAISAL ALI

HEAD­ING TO NEIGH­BOUR­ING NEW Ham­burg Septem­ber 28 for their lone game of the week, the Wellesley Ap­ple­jacks fought the home team to a near stand­still be­fore even­tu­ally fall­ing in over­time.

Af­ter a gru­elling 60 min­utes of game time, with lit­tle scor­ing, the two teams were thrown into over­time to set­tle the 1-1 tie es­tab­lished in the first pe­riod. Ul­ti­mately, it was the Fire­birds who pre­vailed, send­ing the Jacks back to Wellesley to re­group for a week be­fore the next game. The team is on the road again Fri­day night, but this time in Wood­stock.

Play­ing Septem­ber 28, the Jacks were tak­ing on the ri­val Fire­birds in their first meet­ing of the reg­u­lar sea­son. The two teams had met twice be­fore dur­ing the pre-sea­son, with each team pick­ing up one win and tak­ing one loss.

This time, the score­board held mostly static, with all the scor­ing com­ing in the first 20 min­utes of play.

New Ham­burg opened the scor­ing with a power play marker from Nathaniel Thi­bodeau (Colin Martin) 6:46 into the first. The Fire­birds lead was quickly an­swered by Wellesley Ap­ple­jacks at the 13-minute mark.

Wellesley new­comer Robert Colton (Will Martin, Bren­dan Baker) re­turned the favour, knot­ting the board up 1-1 for re­minder of reg­u­la­tion time.

There would be no more scor­ing in the se­cond or third, while the penal­ties were few and far be­tween, with Wellesley and New Ham­burg only rack­ing up six and four min­utes worth of in­frac­tions re­spec­tively.

The fi­nal de­ci­sion would come in over­time.

Just 30 sec­onds into the ex­tended game, af­ter al­most 50 score­less min­utes, New Ham­burg’s Tyler Ran­der­son (Nathan Ge­orge, Josh Vale) would pick up the fi­nal goal, end­ing the game 2-1 in the hosts’ favour.

The game was a fairly civil af­fair, with nei­ther side get­ting many power play op­por­tu­ni­ties. Jacks were 0-2 in power plays, while the Fire­birds were just 1-3.

With the loss, the Jacks are 2-3 af­ter three weeks of the new sea­son. The records puts the Jacks at a sig­nif­i­cant dis­tance be­hind four other teams in the nine-team di­vi­sion: Tav­i­s­tock, Paris and Nor­wich, which each have four wins, and New Ham­burg, which has five.

This week­end, the Ap­ple­jacks will again be on the road to face two more teams. On Fri­day, the team will be play­ing in Wood­stock against the Navy Vets; the puck drops at 7:45 p.m. The fol­low­ing evening, the Jacks will be in Paris to face the Moun­ties in a 7:30 p.m. match.

The Jacks’ home opener will be the week­end af­ter that, on Oc­to­ber 13, with two back-to-back games sched­uled on Sat­ur­day and Sun­day against Wood­stock and Nor­wich.

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