Tuesday, October 12th, 2010


Navy Vets remain winless

While the Woodstock Navy Vets may have been revived, they still struggle on the ice this past weekend.

Playing both games against east-division clubs, the rebuilding Navy Vets did manage a little more offence in their weekend losses than in previous games, providing a glimmer of hope for coaches and fans.

The Navy Vets had a quick start to Friday's game but couldn't maintain the pace, ultimately dropping a 7-5 decision to the visiting Dunnville Terriers.

Woodstock finished the first period with a one-goal lead after goals from Devon Young, Tyler Vandenbussche (pp) and Derek Cowing. But the Terriers, the east division's second-place team, out-scored the Vets in the second and third periods on goals from Hugh Carson (pp), Damien Lalonde, Jason Dear, Dan Minor and Tanner McGowan.

While the Navy Vets tried to respond, with goals from Spencer Sweazy (pp) and John Roepman (pp), they were already in too big a hole by the third.

Taylor Schwoob and McGowan opened the Dunnville scoring, answering the Vets in the first period.

The winless Vets closed the weekend with a 5-2 loss against the Chippawa Riverhawks but looked good in the game's opening frame. Derek Cowing actually opened the scoring for the Vets, giving his club a brief lead just seconds after the first draw. While the Riverhawks quickly responded, with goals from Marcus Quinlin and Beau Botting, Woodstock evened the game midway through the period with an unassisted Kyle Robertson goal.

After that, the Riverhawks stepped up their offensive game, taking control with goals from Tyler Fisher (pp), Mike Hicks (pp) and Curtis Sauve. The two power-play goals were telling, with the Navy Vets receiving a total of 38 minutes in penalties.

With the two losses, the Navy Vets remain mired at the bottom of the west-division standings with a 0-6-0 record and are the only Niagara League team without a win. The Navy Vets will have a chance to change that Friday when they host the Paris Mounties.