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..FROM THE DESK OF MIKE HAYAKAWA..
ROAD WIN PUTS MARKHAM AHEAD HEADING TO FRIDAY'S GAME FOUR MATCHUP
It was the same team they played against and on the same ice surface. Only this time, after a two-day wait, the final outcome was more rewarding for the Markham Waxers, who rallied for a 4-3 road win over the Wexford Raiders Tuesday to take a two games to one lead in its best-of-seven Provincial Junior A Hockey League South Conference semi-final series. [article]

 SOUTH SEMIS: GAME 3 
Steve Nobili and Jason Young each scored and assisted on the tying and game winning goals to put the Waxers up 2-1 in the series. FILE PHOTOS USED.YOUNG AND NOBILI SCORE THIRD PERIOD GOALS TO COMPLETE COMEBACK WIN
The Waxers made a rare Tuesday night appearance in Scarborough and in a contest that bore many similarities to the Sunday night encounter the Waxers dug deep and using a powerful third period surge defeated the Raiders 4-3 to take a 2-1 series lead. [recap]

..FROM THE DESK OF MIKE HAYAKAWA..
WAXERS SPLIT WEEKEND OPENER WITH RAIDERS
What began as a best-of-seven second round South Conference Provincial Junior A Hockey League playoff series between the Markham Waxers and Wexford Raiders is now a best-of-five affair. [article]

 SOUTH SEMIS: GAME 2 
Jesse Boucher might have been the best Waxer on the ice and Mark Mitchell's end-to-end rush came within a whisker of turning the eventual outcome upside down.WAXERS AND RAIDERS SERIES NOW A BEST-OF-5
Sunday night the Waxers once again allowed the Raiders to spring out to an early two-goal advantage, this time they didn't wait as long to storm back to even the score. Despite outplaying the Raiders for much of the middle frame and early in the third the Waxers weren't able to capitalize. [recap]

 SOUTH SEMIS: GAME 1 
Rookie? Kevin Cribari played like anything but as the Waxers opened the second round with a 6-3 win over the Raiders. Paul Robinson's exceptional desire to win earned him the eventual game winner.WAXERS SHAKE OFF LAYOFF RUST BEFORE EXPLODING PAST RAIDERS
After what seemed like an eternal wait the Waxers finally took to the ice in Markham as the South Division semi-final series with the Raiders opened Friday night, it was the first time in eight days that the Waxers played after sweeping the Legionaires in the opening round of the playoffs. [recap]

PUCK DROPS FRIDAY NIGHT IN MARKHAM 
The schedule has finally been set for the South Division semi-final between the Waxers and the Raiders. [schedule]

..FROM THE DESK OF MIKE HAYAKAWA..
WAXERS AND RAIDERS FACEOFF FRIDAY NIGHT
If the Markham Waxers hockey club have any aspirations of winning their Provincial Junior A Hockey League south conference title and advancing further into the playoffs, Russ Herrington acknowledged they will have to beat the best teams. [article]

..FROM THE DESK OF MIKE HAYAKAWA..
WAXERS 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. [article]

 SOUTH QUARTERS: GAME 4 
Andy Schofield made two goalmouth "saves" in the second period and Adam Doucette fired home the game and series clinching goal.WAXERS PREVAIL OVER HARD WORKING OSHAWA CLUB
The Waxers traveled to Oshawa Thursday night with one simple, but difficult goal in mind, win. That they did despite a spirited performance by the host Legionaires. Certainly Oshawa has no need to hang their heads, they did play hard. This contest's outcome wasn't really certain until midway through the third period when the Waxers extended their lead to three at 4-1, the Legionaires would score once more, a testament to their no-quit attitude in the dying seconds of the contest to create the final of 4-2. [recap]

..FROM THE DESK OF MIKE HAYAKAWA..
WAXERS EDGE FEISTY OSHAWA CLUB TO TAKE A 3-0 SERIES LEAD
The Markham Waxers traditionally play its Provincial Junior A Hockey League home games at Centennial Arena on Friday evenings. But if Russ Herrington has his way, he hopes there is no game to play tomorrow. [article]

 SOUTH QUARTERS: GAME 3 
Rick Marnon's performance might have been the difference this night and Kevin Tompkins potted the game winner as the Waxers take a 3-0 series lead.WAXERS TURN ASIDE DESPERATE OSHAWA CLUB TO TAKE 3-0 LEAD
All hockey observers and players know that game three of a 7-game series is often the toughest one to win. It goes without saying that when a club is down 2-0 they are to be expected to play with desperation. So it was Monday night in Markham as the Legionaires threw everything they had at the Waxers only to be turned away, due in large part to the excellent clutch goaltending of Rick Marnon. The outcome was in doubt until the final buzzer, certainly Oshawa must be disappointed with the outcome but they turned in a worthy performance, only to fall short 3-2. [recap]

WAXERS SIGN VETERAN FORWARD 
The Waxers have signed Jim Stamatopoulos to our remaining player card. Jim played with us in 1998-99 after playing with our Midget affiliate the year before. [story]

..FROM THE DESK OF MIKE HAYAKAWA..
WAXERS TEAM EFFORT HAS MARKHAM UP 2-0 IN SERIES
In Russ Herrington's opinion, it's been over a month since his Markham Waxers played what he felt was a complete hockey game. [article]

 SOUTH QUARTERS: GAME 2 
James Regan combines with Robert Burrows to make a fearsome 1-2 PK unit, he also scored a real pretty goal and assisted once.BLUE AND WHITE STEAM ROLLER LUMBERS ON LEAVING THE LEGIONAIRES IN IT'S WAKE
The Waxers took control of game two of their best-of-7 series against the Legionaires early and never really let up as they jumped out to a 2-0 series lead after defeating Oshawa 8-1 at Markham Centennial. The Waxers received goals from eight different skaters as Markham continues to get high intensity performances from each player and it really showed this night. [recap]

..FROM THE DESK OF MIKE HAYAKAWA..
WAXERS START PLAYOFFS ON THE ROAD AND RETURN WITH A WIN
The Markham Waxers might have been taking a big chance when they elected to start its first round, best-of-seven Provincial Junior A Hockey League playoff series on the road against the Oshawa Legionaires on Thursday. [article]

 SOUTH QUARTERS: GAME 1 
Jason Young scored twice and Steve Nobili added three assists in the Waxers game one victory.WAXERS PLAY WITH "NOBILITY" AND "YOUNGER" PLAYERS CONTRIBUTE IN OPENING GAME WIN
The playoff season got underway Thursday night in Oshawa, after a relatively cautious first period by both clubs the contest resembled very much a "playoff-type" of game and in particular the Waxers played solid hockey most of the night, but especially in the third period when they just slammed (sealed might be more appropriate) the door shut. Jason Young two and Paul Robinson single provided the goals while Steve Nobili assisted on all three. Rick Marnon's shutout bid was spoiled early in the third period. [recap]

..FROM THE DESK OF MIKE HAYAKAWA..
WAXERS HAVE NO PREFERENCE FOR FIRST ROUND PLAYOFF OPPONENT
For the Markham Waxers, the fun and games are now over and it's time to get down to business. With nowhere to go in the Provincial Junior A Hockey League south conference standings, the Waxers concluded its regular season schedule on a positive note Tuesday with a 5-4 road victory over the Oshawa Legionaires. [article]

Jason Duffy scored twice and Patrick Diotte got his first Jr. A goal as the Waxers closed out the regular season with a victory.LONG REGULAR SEASON JOURNEY CONCLUDES WITH WIN: WAXERS NOW PREPARING FOR AN EXTENDED PLAYOFF RUN 
Finally the long and at times almost endless regular season has come to a close for the Waxers. Tuesday night Markham hit the road and came away with a 5-4 win over the Oshawa Legionaires in a contest that saw the blue and white look disinterested at times (with third place already secured) while the Legionaires were hoping to nail down fourth place. [recap]

..FROM THE DESK OF MIKE HAYAKAWA..
WAXERS SPLIT WEEKEND AFTER EMOTIONAL PRE-GAME CEREMONIES FOR THE GRADUATING EIGHT
With one game remaining in its Provincial Junior A Hockey League regular season schedule, the Markham Waxers know where they will finish in the south conference standings. [article]

Mark Menonte scored twice in the third period to help ice the Waxers 7-3 third place clinching victoryBRING ON THE PLAYOFFS, WAXERS NAIL DOWN THIRD PLACE 
The Waxers traveled to North York on Saturday night, their second last game of the regular season and with third place in their division still remaining to be settled. Despite a spirited performance by the beleaguered Rangers the Waxers defeated North York 7-3. The Waxers next travel to Oshawa on Tuesday to conclude the regular season before taking on a yet undetermined opponent in the first round of the OPJHL Playoffs. [recap]

Dan Leclair kept the Waxers in the huntWAXERS BATTLE BACK TO SALVAGE A POINT AFTER EMOTIONAL PRE-GAME CEREMONY 
Friday night the Waxers faced off against the visiting Pickering Panthers, moments after an emotionally charged pre-game ceremony that saw the Waxers honour their eight graduating players. Give the Panthers their due, they took advantage of the situation and pulled out a 4-3 overtime decision. The Waxers never seemed to get untracked and when they might have they ran into penalty woes and the Panthers struck twice on the powerplay. Kevin Tompkins scored perhaps the highlight goal of the year when he raced up the right wing and despite being hooked and held relentlessly, he managed to one-hand the puck past the Panther keeper, memories of some highlight Mario Lemieux goals immediately came to mind. Waxers next travel to North York on Saturday (Feb. 3) before concluding their regular season in Oshawa on Tuesday night. The playoff picture is clearing and still unsettled but the Waxers control their own destiny and would like to wrap up third place Saturday. Their opponent in the first round, that's a story that we'll just have to await to unfold. [recap]

The Graduating Eight at the 2001 Graduation Appreciation Night CeremonyGRAD NIGHT: A TRIBUTE TO THE SOLDIERS IN BLUE AND WHITE,  AN EMOTIONAL EVENING THAT INVOKED MANY, MANY MIXED EMOTIONS
A very special and emotional ceremony was held prior to the Waxers game against the Panthers, the tasteful and classy presentation honoured the eight graduating Waxers and gave the Waxer fans and observers a chance to pay tribute to the young men (some who we've watched mature from "much younger men"). After the game their was a private gathering and the ownership group presented the grads with a very special memento, a personalized and not inexpensive Esquire time piece. [full story]


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