Monday, November 1st, 2010


Navy Vets continue to struggle


With the Navy Vets still struggling, the Grimsby Peach Kings were probably not the team that would help reverse Woodstock's out-of-the-gate woes.

Facing the top team in the Niagara and District Junior C hockey League's east division, the Navy Vets were simply outmatched. Falling into an early hole, the Navy Vets were never really in Saturday's game and stumbled to a 6-1 loss.

The only bright spot for the Navy Vets was the second-period goal from Travis Horvath, who notched a point in his fifth consecutive game. While Horvath's goal pulled the Navy Vets within two of the aggressive Peach Kings, that would be as close as they would get.

Grimsby scored twice more before the end of the second frame, building a four-point lead with an unassisted marker from Nolan Jewell and a late goal from Lucas Dykstra.

The Peach Kings would add a fifth goal from Colin Wierts in the late in the third period for some unnecessary insurance.

The Peach Kings dominated from the opening draw, outchancing the home team by an almost four-to-one margin in the first period. That aggression resulted in an early unassisted goal by Mathew Paonessa and a later goal from Kyle Fraser, giving the Peach Kings a 2-0 lead after 20 minutes. The visitors kept up the momentum early in the second period with a power-play goal from Chris McQuade just a few seconds after Horvath was sent to the box for roughing.

As for the Navy Vets, they struggle with the man advantage, failing to score on their four power plays.

With the loss, the Navy Vets fall to a 1-9-1 season record, leaving them at the bottom of the west division and five points behind the fifth-place Paris Mounties. Woodstock will look to change its fortunes Friday in New Hamburg against the second-place Firebirds.