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Terriers drop pair of contests

By Dave Dawson, Orillia Packet & Times

Dave Dawson/The Packet & Times
Davenport Subaru Orillia Terriers captain Jake Shaw is hooked on a breakaway. As a result, the referee awarded Shaw a penalty shot; the Orillia captain capitalized, scoring a goal that closed the gap to 3-1. However, visiting Alliston improved to 10-0 with a 5-2 victory at Rotary Place.

Dave Dawson/The Packet & Times Davenport Subaru Orillia Terriers captain Jake Shaw is hooked on a breakaway. As a result, the referee awarded Shaw a penalty shot; the Orillia captain capitalized, scoring a goal that closed the gap to 3-1. However, visiting Alliston improved to 10-0 with a 5-2 victory at Rotary Place.

The undefeated Alliston Hornets showed why they are the class of the Provincial Junior Hockey League, dominating the Davenport Subaru Orillia Terriers early before coasting to a 5-2 win Saturday night at Rotary Place.

The Terriers were down 2-0 before registering their first shot on goal midway through a first period that was played almost entirely in the Terriers' end. After building a 3-0 advantage, Terrier forward Jake Shaw was hooked on a breakaway, giving Orillia's leading scorer a penalty shot. He did not disappoint, surprising Alliston goalie Mike Masucci with a top-shelf shot rather than a deke.

However, less than a minute later, Alliston restored the advantage and then added a last-minute power-play goal to take a commanding 5-1 lead into the second period. In the middle stanza, the Terriers found their legs and played better, buoyed by an early power-play goal from Marty Lawlor.

The visitors went into shut-down mode after that, keeping the Terriers to the outside and refusing to give them many opportunities to get back in the game. After Lawlor's goal, Masucci slammed the door, backstopping his team to the 5-2 win and helping the reigning league champs improve to 10-0.

Rookie Terriers netminder Curtis Hanspiker seemed to fight the puck early on as he surrendered five goals on just 12 shots in what was a demoralizing first period for the home side. After that, Hanspiker was perfect, stopping the next 20 shots as Orillia was outshot 32-17.

It was the Terriers' second loss in as many nights. On Friday night at the Penetang Memorial Community Centre, the Kings exploded for three goals in 66 seconds to break open a close contest en route to a 7-3 victory.

Shaw scored a pretty unassisted goal 15 minutes into the first period to give his team the early lead, but Penetang tallied a back-breaking last-minute goal to knot the contest. In the middle stanza, shortly after the Kings took a 2-1 lead, Kyle Fischer tied the game again before an untimely meltdown proved fatal for the visitors as Penetang struck for three goals in just over a minute.

Trailing 5-2, Trenton Micks scored to give the Terriers life in the third, but a pair of late goals snuffed out any chances of a rally in a game in which Orillia was outshot 43-32. Brendan Dale took the loss between the pipes for Orillia, while Orillia native Andrew North picked up the win for Penetang; the Kings improved to 4-4.

With the two losses, the Terriers' record falls to 4-8 and they are tied for sixth place (with Schomberg) in the eight-team Carruthers Division. Orillia will next see action Friday night when they travel to Caledon, which is in last place thanks to its 1-10 record. The Terriers are back home Saturday night when they host Penetang in a 7:30 p.m. contest at Rotary Place.

TERRIER TALES: The Terriers have given up a league-worst 64 goals - 14 more than last-place Caledon. Friday night's game might have been the tamest in recent memory between Orillia and rival Penetang as just seven minor penalties - three to the Terriers - were assessed. Saturday night marked the return of the UPS Shootout. In the Terriers' remaining home games, a lucky fan will have an opportunity to shoot for a new Subaru Imprezza during the second-period intermission. All ticket purchasers have a chance to have their number called.

david.dawson@sunmedia.ca

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