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February 2, 2001: Graduation Appreciation Night 2001

GRADUATION APPRECIATION NIGHT 2001:
FEBRUARY 2, 2001
On Friday, February 2, 2001, the Markham Waxers Junior A Hockey Club will hold their Graduate Appreciation Night when they host the Pickering Panthers in their final regular season game of the 2000-2001 season. This night marks the final regular season home game in the OPJAHL for 8 Markham Waxers. [READ MORE]

..FROM THE DESK OF MIKE HAYAKAWA..
WAXERS READY FOR THE PLAYOFFS AFTER KEY WIN OVER THE SPIRIT
In explaining the success attained by the Markham Waxers over its last 10 games, Markham Waxers head coach Russ Herrington said his club has carried out what he says are the three C's. [article]

..FROM THE DESK OF MIKE HAYAKAWA..
WAXERS CLOSE TO LOCKING DOWN THIRD SPOT
Perhaps the best thing that could have happened to the Markham Waxers was the rescheduling of its Dec. 19 road game against the Oshawa Legionaires. Back in mid December, the Waxers were mired in a mid-season slump. Entering Thursday's make up game, the Waxers were riding the crest of a three-game winning streak. [article]

Derek Doucette took matters into his own hands in the third and unleashed two rockets to help the Waxers score a come-from-behind 6-4 win over the Spirit.DEREK DOUCETTE'S PAIR OF BAZOOKA BLASTS DEFLATES THE SPIRIT 
Friday night the Waxers faced a good test as the Stouffville Spirit (in the midst of a real dogfight for first place in the North) paid a visit to Markham Centennial. The Waxers with a big assist to the howitzer toted by the oft-forgotten Derek Doucette (he joined the Waxers with older brother Adam, a deal that has to easily be the deal of the year). With Markham down 4-3, Derek unleashed a pair of bombs to first tie and then put the Waxers ahead for good to give the Waxers their fifth straight win. [recap]

The Waxers continue to operate like a finely tuned machine, a blue and white machine that rolled over the Legionaires.WAXERS ROLL OVER THE LEGIONAIRES AWAIT ANY SPIRIT LEFT IN STOUFFVILLE 
Thursday night the Waxers dominated the host Oshawa Legionaires in a classic display of excellent team play with solid contributions from all members of the blue and white. Tremendous forechecking and backchecking by the forwards combined with solid defense and outstanding netminding results in games going into the "W" column, this night was no exception. As the contest wound down the Oshawa squad appeared to be quite dismayed by the results. [recap]

THE FACTS IN BLACK AND WHITE:
INFORMATION WITH RESPECT TO THE SETH GRAY DEAL THE WAXERS COMPLETED WITH BOWMANVILLE ON JAN. 5/2001.
The Waxers have chosen to make public facts as they pertain to the well-publicized transaction(s) involving Seth Gray (hereafter referred to as "Player") from the Bowmanville Eagles. This was done to provide clarification as there have been many rumours and misunderstandings concerning the details surrounding this case. [facts]

TOMPKINS HONOURED WITH MOST VALUABLE PLAYER AWARD
The Markham Waxers are elated to announce that fourth-year veteran and Captain of the Waxers, Kevin Tompkins, has been voted as the South Division Co-MVP for the 2000-01 season. [article]

Dan Leclair turned away 30 of 31 Viper shots to earn the win in net for the Waxers.MARKHAM'S BLUE AND WHITE MACHINE IS IN HIGH GEAR 
The Waxers traveled to Vaughan, only 24-hours removed from posting their second straight shutout (4-0 over St. Mike's) and played sound positional hockey for the entire night to bring home points five and six of the weekend's schedule. Dan Leclair was outstanding in goal and only lost his bid for his first shutout of the year with five minutes remaining in the contest. [recap]

Rick Marnon was very sharp, again, picking up his second consecutive shutout.WAXERS' MARNON PICKS UP SECOND STRAIGHT ZERO AS MARKHAM FINALLY WINS IN ST. MIKE'S 
Finally the Waxers did what they hadn't done in well over two years (since the realignment into a four division league), they defeated the Buzzers at St. Michael's College Arena. The win was well earned, combining outstanding goaltending and hard work the Waxers blanked the Buzzers 4-0 with Rick Marnon earning his second consecutive shutout. [recap]

Despite illness Tompkins turned in a dominating six point effort.TOMPKINS LEADS WAXER CHARGE IN SHUTOUT OVER THE AXEMEN 
Playing for the first time in a week the Waxers put on a demonstration of fine all-around hockey as they exploded for six goals in the second period and shutout the Ajax Axemen by a 9-0 score at Markham Centennial Friday night. [recap]

Jimmy Ball and Kevin Tompkins at the 2000-01 Ontario Provincial Junior A All-Star Game!ALL-STAR GAME A PREDICTABLE SHOOTOUT AT NORTH YORK 
Wednesday night the selected "Best in the OPJHL" took to the ice at North York Centennial and the result was a predictable shootout that saw the North-West squeak past the South-East squad by an 11-10 count. [recap]

The Waxers are proud to announce that Kevin Tompkins and Jimmy Ball have been named to the All-Star Team.TOMPKINS AND BALL EARN ALL-STAR BERTHS:
OPJHL ALL-STAR GAME AT NORTH YORK JAN. 17

The Markham Waxers are proud to announce that Captain Kevin Tompkins and Assistant Captain Jimmy Ball have been selected to the Ontario Provincial Junior A Hockey League East/South All-Star Team. [article]

Adam Doucette continues to be a threat each shift, he assisted on all three Waxer goals Friday night.WAXERS FALL TO THE RATTLERS 
Friday night the Waxers played their final regular season contest against the cross-town rival Thornhill Rattlers. Any momentum the Waxers got going was siphoned off by numerous penalty killing assignments. Adam Doucette was in on all three Markham goals that saw Kevin Tompkins (2) and Paul Robinson provide the attack in the losing effort. [recap]

Waxers celebrate on of their five goals in a 5-5 draw with the Wexford Raiders.WAXERS SETTLE FOR A DRAW AT THE BARN IN SCARBOROUGH 
The Waxers traveled to Scarborough to take on the first place Wexford Raiders and despite some bad bounces the Waxers kept working and eventually had to settle for a 5-5 draw after outplaying the Raiders for much of the contest. [recap]

Rick Marnon was acquired in a huge move by the Waxers and debuted against the Raiders.WAXERS MAKE A BIG MOVE TO ACQUIRE A NETMINDER WITH A WINNING HISTORY 
The Markham Waxers are excited to announce that Rick Marnon has been acquired from the Bowmanville Eagles. He traveled to Scarborough and played against the Raiders, making his debut in the blue and white. [article]

Steve Nobili had an outstanding game to help his Waxers to a great come-from-behind win over the Vipers.BLUE AND WHITE MACHINE'S ON A ROLL: THIRD PERIOD COMEBACK KEYS WIN OVER THE VIPERS 
The Waxers battled through some middle game adversity and came back from a 3-1 deficit with three late third period goals to power over the Vipers to a 4-3 victory, their second in as many games in the New Year. [recap]

Paul Robinson's second period PP goal was the winner as the Waxers started 2001 on the right note.NEW YEAR GREETS WAXERS WITH HEALTHY BODIES AND A BIG ROAD WIN 
Tuesday night the Waxers, with an almost complete lineup, shrugged off a 2-0 first period deficit and stormed back with four second period goals to bury the Legionaires in Oshawa 5-2. Five different Waxers scored in the victory and now the Waxers have a couple of days to continue to shake off any rust before facing Vaughan on Friday night. [recap]


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