Monday, November 29th, 2010


Navy Vets pick up three of four points


WOODSTOCK -- Beggars can't be choosers, the saying goes, so while four points were within reach this weekend, the Woodstock Navy Vets are satisfied they took three.

After a tough overtime loss to Simcoe Friday, the Navy Vets rebounded with a 5-1 win over Caledonia Saturday to grab a trio of points and inch closer to Paris for fifth in the Niagara west division.

"We should have had four points (but) it was a positive weekend," Navy Vets head coach Jeff Morrison said.

Friday against Simcoe, the Navy Vets held three separate two-goal leads but couldn't stop the Storm from stealing two points after a 5-4 overtime win.

Woodstock led 2-0, 3-1 and 4-2, but Simcoe countered with Tristan Lysko, who fired a hat trick, including the game winner 3:17 into overtime.

Chase Thornton scored twice and added two assists for the Navy Vets. Derek Cowing, with his team-leading 12th goal, and call-up Mackenzie Langford, whose first junior goal came while shorthanded, also replied for Woodstock.

Jordan Paton and Mac Wood scored the other Simcoe goals.

Simcoe outshot Woodstock 34-27. Former Woodstock Renegade goaltender Alex Gegeny picked up the win after replacing Kris McCoubrey following Langford's goal. Neil Pittock made 29 saves for Woodstock.

"For the most part Friday we played very well," Morrison said.

Saturday against Caledonia didn't start well, with the Corvairs beating Neil Pittock 16 seconds into the game. Travis Horvath tied it for Woodstock later in the first period, and Spencer Sweazy, with two, Dylan Lazarus and Kyle Morris scored in the second period to give the Navy Vets a commanding 5-1 lead.

"It was just one of those nights that when we shot, it went in," Morrison said. "The power play was clicking well. We were 4-for-7 on the weekend."

Stuart Isnor scored twice in the third period for Caledonia, but it wasn't enough to stop Woodstock from earning its first home win of the season.

"I don't think they really looked at it as a monkey on their back as much as the coaching staff did," Morrison said. "It's nice to get the first home win. Everyone wants to play well at home and we've had a run of bad luck at home."