Stayner and Alliston to compete for Junior C championship

April 6, 2023   ·   0 Comments

By Brian Lockhart

It’s a battle between the Stayner Siskins and Alliston Hornets for the North Carruthers Division championship in the Provincial Junior Hockey League.

The Hornets ousted the Schomberg Cougar in their semi-final series in a battle that went the full seven games to decide a winner.

The Hornets jumped out to a two-game lead in that series before the Cougars won in game three. Allison was ahead 3-1 after four games and had the chance to win the series, but the Cougars were back in it with a win on Alliston home ice on Mar. 31.

Another Schomberg win at home on Apr. 2, meant the series was going to game seven with one game deciding who would advance to the final.

The Hornets won the final game 3-2 in front of a hometown crowd on Apr. 3.

“I didn’t think the series was going seven games, but it was a hard battle, it was a hard fought series and it’s good to come out top,” said Hornets forward Mark Coish after the final game. “We played our game and showed that tonight and came out to win. It was a tough series, hard fought – we’re doing our best.”

In the Stayner versus Orillia semi-final, the Siskins made short work of the Terriers, winning the series in four games and outscoring them 29-15 over the four games.

The final championship series will be a real battle between the Siskins, who finished the regular season in first place, and the Hornets, who ended the season close behind in second place.

Both Stayner and Alliston have been packing the house during the semi-final series, and with the two towns battling for the championships and fairly close to each other, there will be large crowds for the championship series.

The winner of the Division will go on to play at the provincial level and vie for the Junior C Schmaltz Cup.

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