An­other week­end, an­other split for the Jacks

Still on the road, Wellesley falls to Woodstock then takes it out on Paris; team to play home-opener Satur­day night

The Woolwich Observer - - SPORTS - VERON­ICA REINER

SEEM­INGLY A PAT­TERN THIS sea­son for the Ap­ple­jacks, the team split yet an­other pair of game last week­end.

The Wellesley Ju­nior C squad fell 6-4 to the Woodstock Navy Vets on Oc­to­ber 5, then picked up the mo­men­tum on the fol­low­ing day against the Paris Moun­ties, win­ning by a fi­nal score of 7-3.

Th­ese re­sults put the team in sixth place in the Pro­vin­cial Ju­nior Hockey League’s South Do­herty stand­ings, just be­hind week­end ri­vals Woodstock. Top spot is held by the New Ham­burg Fire­birds, fol­lowed by the Tav­i­s­tock Braves in se­cond, then Paris in third and the Nor­wich Mer­chants fourth.

The game against Woodstock started off promis­ing in the first pe­riod, with a quick goal around the three-minute mark by Shaun Pick­er­ing, as­sisted by Danny Ran­son. The Navy Vets re­turned the favour around the half­way point. The Jacks re­gained their lead with a goal by Pe­ter Cascagnette, (Zach Ribeiro, War­ren Gor­man), wrap­ping up the first pe­riod with a 2-1 lead.

Se­cond pe­riod saw the score evened up by the end, with Woodstock scor­ing while short-handed. The Jacks pushed and re­gained the lead on a power play, with an­other goal by Pick­er­ing (Alex Ut­t­ley, Cascagnette). The Navy Vets lev­elled out the score 3-3 on a power play, about five min­utes be­fore the pe­riod ended.

De­spite their strong start, the Jacks ul­ti­mately fell in the fi­nal pe­riod. Woodstock gained the lead quickly about two min­utes in, but an unas­sisted goal by Ribeiro evened things out at about the half­way mark. How­ever, Woodstock man­aged to pull ahead in just un­der two min­utes fol­low­ing this with two con­sec­u­tive goals, mak­ing the fi­nal score 6-4.

The Jacks didn’t let this de­ter them in their fol­low­ing game on Satur­day, once again on the road. The Moun­ties, how­ever, drew first blood at the fiveminute mark with a goal on a power play. Wellesley re­turned the favour, also on a power play, with a goal by Ribeiro (Reade MacInnes, Gor­man) about five min­utes later. Tyler Sch­windt (Bren­dan Baker, Will Martin) ended the pe­riod on a good note, scor­ing around the 12-minute mark.

The lead quickly con­tin­ued into the se­cond in­ter­mis­sion, with Pick­er­ing scor­ing an unas­sisted goal just 12 sec­onds in. The Moun­ties re­sponded on a power play mid­way through the pe­riod. But the Jacks hit back with twice the force, with Kyle Soper (Pick­er­ing, Ut­t­ley) scor­ing on a power play, fol­lowed by MacInnes (Soper), also on a power play. This re­sulted in a com­fort­able 5-2 lead for the Jacks headed into the third frame.

Play was in­tense af­ter the in­ter­mis­sion, but there was no scor­ing un­til about 14 min­utes in, where all of the ac­tion oc­curred in a quick burst. The Jacks kicked it off with Koby Seil­ing scor­ing an unas­sisted goal. This was fol­lowed by the Moun­ties scor­ing just 40 sec­onds later, then Welles­leys Gor­man (Robert Colton, Ran­son) com­ing back around 20 sec­onds af­ter that. This re­sulted in a fi­nal score of 7-3 for the vis­i­tors.

The Jacks hope to con­tinue the mo­men­tum in their next game against this week­ends’ com­pe­ti­tion, the Navy Vets. Their first game on home ice is sched­uled for Oc­to­ber 13 start­ing at 7:30 p.m., mak­ing it their of­fi­cial home opener. They will play the Nor­wich Mer­chants the fol­low­ing day, also on their home turf. Game time is 2 p.m.

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