THE DESK OF MIKE HAYAKAWA..
LIE IN WAIT FOR SECOND ROUND OPPONENT
When the Markham Waxers travelled to Oshawa for Thursday's fourth game of their first round Provincial Junior A Hockey League playoff series against the Legionaires they brought along their brooms.
The Waxers made quick work of the Legionaires after sweeping the best-of-seven affair with a 4-2 victory.
just have to bring our game to another level whoever we meet in the
While happy to end the series in quick fashion, Waxers head coach
Russ Herrington conceded it wasn't easy by any means. "Oshawa was a good opponent, they played their hearts out and it made us play the same way. I think that will help us in the long run. It forced our guys to be competitive and how to win in the playoffs. "I feel more comfortable going into the next round as compared with other teams that won their first-round series by blowouts."
After the two teams battled to a 1-1 first-period draw, the Waxers took the lead for good when
Jason Duffy scored on a breakaway with just three seconds left in the second period.
Unanswered third-period markers by Adam Doucette and
Robbie Burrows, on a shorthanded effort, staked the Waxers to a commanding 4-1 lead with just six seconds left before the Legionaires scored the game's final goal.
Jason Young opened the scoring in the first period.
Dan Leclair started the game in goal but gave way to
Rick Marnon in the first period after experiencing equipment problems.
As in the other games in the series, the Waxers' penalty killing units played a major role in the win as they allowed just one power-play goal while fending off numerous odd-man situations. "Our penalty killing did a great job in the series," said Herrington. "We only gave up two power-play goals in the entire series and we scored two shorthanded goals so things evened out."
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Herrington also felt his club's penchant for going to the penalty box was the spark the team needed to wrap up the series. "I think the guys seemed to get ticked off on the bench for taking dumb penalties and I think that gave us the intensity that we needed."
In winning the series in quick fashion, the Waxers will now gain a few extra days of rest to heal whatever bumps and bruises they attained in the first round as they await to see who their second-round opponent will be.
The Waxers could face either the Wexford Raiders, if they win their first-round series over the Vaughan Vipers. Should the Vipers win the series, the Waxers would face either the St. Michael's Buzzers or Pickering Panthers.
The second round could start as early as next Thursday. For now Waxers head coach
Herrington insists it does not matter who they face in the next round.
"If we play either St. Michael's or Wexford on the road it will be tough because they play in smaller rinks. "But the fact that there's the option that Vaughan could win their series against Wexford shows there's parity in our division. "We'll just have to bring our game to another level whoever we meet in the next round."
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