Alliston / Port Hope 2-2 in semi-final

April 13, 2016   ·   0 Comments

The Alliston Hornets are tied 2-2 with the Port Hope Panthers in their best-of-seven semi-final Schmalz Cup series after a 4-1 loss to Port Hope on Tuesday (Apr. 12) night.

The Hornets went ahead in the series on April 10, with a 6-1 win on home ice.

It was a tough one, but the Hornets pulled off a come from behind win in game three  at the New Tecumseth Recreation Centre in Alliston.

After taking a 6-4 loss in game two in Port Hope that evened the series, the Hornets returned to home ice on Sunday looking for payback.

They were off to a slow start when the Panthers scored only first period goal, then followed up on a powerplay effort at 5:55 into the second frame.

Alliston’s Nick Arcan opened the scoring for the Hornets at the midway mark but Port Hope went ahead 3-2 on a goal late in the period.

The Hornets were far from over and a second Alliston goal from Joe Cochrane on a powerplay and a third Hornets goal from Matt Hamilton tied the game at three and set things up for a wild final period.

It was a tie game again when the Panthers snuck one past Alliston goalie Tyler Brindle at 4:13 into the period.

Alliston forward Stephen Nosad stepped it up and scored on a powerplay at 12:12 into the frame.

Nosad got the tie breaker with his second goal with just 1:10 left on the clock when he took the feed on a beautiful pass across the net from linemate Will Ferguson to get the go ahead goal.

A final empty netter sealed the deal when the Panthers put six attackers on the ice.

“I think we came to play tonight. It all started with banging some bodies around out there. A couple of guys stepped up huge and led the way for us,” Nosad said after Sunday’s game. “Starting from game one, both teams came to play hard. Tonight everyone was throwing the body around and it was a lot of fun.”

Hornets fans were a little worried when Port Hope took a two goal lead but when the game was tied and tensions were high, the crowd went frantic when Nosad scored the winner.

“I think we played great as a team and had a good team effort,” Nosad said. “We had a lot of chances. We didn’t bury then all but we buried enough to win the game.”

The other Junior C semi-final seried ended with the Ayr Centennials sweeping the Essex 73’s in four games.

Ayr will now have to wait for the Alliston / Port Hope series to end to see who they will be up against in the championship final series.

Game five will return to Alliston on Friday, April 15.

The puck drop is scheduled for 8:00 p.m.

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