Monday, December 06th, 2010
Navy Vets earn weekend split
By ELLIOT FERGUSON, SENTINEL-REVIEW
The Navy Vets had a win and a loss in a pair of weekend games.
The Navy Vets won a 3-2 victory at home against the Paris Mounties Friday night before being shut out by Aylmer 4-0 Saturday.
Paris drew first blood Friday night with Jay Doherty's goal 29 seconds into the first period.
It was the second period before Woodstock got on the scoreboard, but when the team's offence got going, it did it convincingly.
Team head coach Jeff Morrison said he was happy with the way the players worked.
"We haven't changed anything in our coaching," Morrison said.
"They have just started listening and playing the way we need them to play."
Woodstock scored three times in the second period, starting with Kyle Morris' goal at 1:20 and Brent Wallace followed with a goal at 10:56.
"I think we got ahead of ourselves and then sat back too much," said Paris assistant coach Jeremy Davidson.
Tyler Vandenbussche scored what would be the game-winning goal with just more than three minutes left in the period with a wrist shot from the slot that beat Paris goaltender Stephen Palenik high on the glove side.
Morgan Jerome lifted the Mounties to within one goal at 13:13 of the third period.
With the Mounties' goaltender on the bench, Navy Vets goalie Neil Pittock repelled heavy Paris pressure in the last minute of the game to preserve the 3-2 win.
Pittock faced 32 shots during the game.
Things did not go so well for the Navy Vets the following night in Aylmer.
The Sptifires broke out in the second period, scoring four times before the final whistle.
The Vets played much of the third period on the power play but still could not break through the Spitfire defence.
Aylmer forwards Travis Schruder and Curtis Roloson, defenceman Cassidy North and forward Scott Mugford all scored for the Spitfires.
Pittock faced 26 shots in the shutout loss.
The win and loss leave the Navy Vets with a record of four wins and 14 losses, good for last place in the Niagara West division three points behind Paris.