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Hornets down Jets 7-4 in series opener

Live coverage of  tonight’s game is limited due to the loss of AM 920 with the defeat of the Walkerton Hawks, but the Herald will do its best to give you as up-to-the-minute coverage as possible for game one of the Schmalz Cup semifinals between the Jr. C Alliston Hornets and the Amherstview Jets tonight (Fri., April 3).

The parking lot at the New Tec Rec Complex was pretty much full at 7 p.m., a full half hour before the start of tonight’s contest. 

Scouting Report

There was a little time before the start of this series and the Alliston Hornets’ semifinals sweep of the Walkerton Hawks, so a few members of the club made the trek to check out the style of these unknown Jets.

It could be their mishmash of odd coloured helmets and mismatching pants, but the word on the street is that the Jets are a raw Jr. C team that fans of the league in the 1970s might be more accustomed to than today.

They are reported to play a rough and tumble game and have more than a few bruisers on their bench to back it up. It’s left to be seen how this style will match up against the polished and quick play of the Alliston Hornets.

1st Period

Chad Camirand opened the scoring for the Hornets off passes from Kyle McDowell and Mike James less than three minutes in. 

 The Jets scored a minute later on a short-handed play by Justin Evans to tie it up 1-1.

The first period was marked by two ejections after a Jet went after the Hornets’ Michael Mullay and Jeff McCarty responded in defence of his teammate. 

2nd Period

Amherstview scored just under four minutes into the second to put the Alliston Hornets into an unusual situation — a 2-1 deficit. Andrew Johnson scored the marker off Jacob Wright. 

Kyle McDowell fixed that though just 20 seconds later, as he tied it up 2-2 off passes from Kyle McPherson and Camirand.

Then Ryan Algar put the Hornets back out front assisted by Jason Campeau.

The Jets Wright added another to tie it up 3-3 at the 11:15 mark of the second.

Then Alliston’s Kurtis Brossard picked up a pass from  Campeau to give the Hornets a 4-2 lead with 57 seconds left in the second frame.

3rd Period

A minute and 20 seconds into the third, the Hornets scored to move ahead 5-3 with a goal by McDowell on a wild breakaway,  but that didn’t last long as the Jets responded 37 seconds later to make it 5-4 on a marker by Johnson.

Alliston’s Mike Mullay scored at 13:11 to move the Hornets out front 6-4.

Then with about eight minutes left, in a four-on-three powerplay, Algar added the insurance marker for Alliston off passes from McDowell to end it.

A bus for fans for away games is available if you don’t want to miss a second of the action in this series. This Sunday it will head out from the New Tecumseth Recreation Complex at noon.

On Tuesday, fans wanting to board the coach for the trek to Amherstview (just west of Kingston), should be at the rec complex at 3:30 p.m.

The bus trips are $25 per person but seats are limited to 56. Those wishing to take the bus must register at the customer service kiosk at the rec complex.

The full schedule for the series is as follows:

SCHMALZ CUP SEMI-FINALS ALLISTON VS. AMHERSTVIEW

Game 1 Fri., April 3 Amherstview @ Alliston 7:30 p.m.

Game 2 Sun., April 5 Alliston @ Amherstview 4:30 p.m.

Game 3 Tues., April 7 Alliston @ Amherstview 7:30 p.m.

Game 4 Sat., April 11 Amherstview @ Alliston 4:00 p.m.

*Game 5 Sun., April 12 Alliston @ Amherstview 3:30 p.m.

*Game 6 Tues., April 14 Amherstview @ Alliston 8:00 p.m.

*Game 7 Thurs., April 16 Alliston @ Amherstview 7:30 p.m.?

(* Denotes if necessary)