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Markham Waxers News Items

NOVEMBER 2002

WAXERS LET OPPORTUNITY SLIP BY...AGAIN
For the second time in just over a week, the Markham Waxers had a chance to take over sole possession of first place.  It was "deja vu all over again" however as the Waxers came out with a flat performance against the surging St Michael's Buzzers losing 3-2. Nathaniel Brooks and Ryan Steane each collected two points in the defeat. [recap]

WAXERS ADD VETERAN MARKHAM NATIVE TO BLUELINE
The Waxers are pleased to announce the signing of Markham native Michael Barrett. His debut is expected Friday night against the Buzzers at Markham Centennial. Barrett brings to the Waxers a wealth of experience (spent past 4.5 years toiling in the Ontario Hockey League), a good shot from the point and will likely see ice time in all situations.

Tony Rossi has proved the Waxer pundits correct when they predicted his acquisition would turn out to be a pivotal move for the club...FROM THE DESK OF MIKE HAYAKAWA..
NOVEMBER 25, 2002

When the Markham Waxers acquired Tony Rossi in the offseason from the Wexford Raiders it was expected the veteran right winger would make a major contribution by scoring a tonne of goals. To date, the 20-year-old Stouffville native has only lit the red light seven times. [article]

Jeff Weiss's first Junior A goal put the contest out of reach as the Waxers completed a weekend sweep to keep pace with the Wexford Raiders in the battle for first place.WAXERS COMPLETE WEEKEND SWEEP ON GREY CUP SUNDAY
The Waxers travelled to Ajax on Sunday and walked away with a dominant 6-2 victory.  Lead by Jeff Weiss's first Junior A goal, the Waxers continue to share first-place with Wexford.  [recap

PORRETTA'S 3-GOAL NIGHT LEADS WAXERS TO 7-1 DECISION IN REMATCHMichael Diamond's goal in the first period capped a three goal outburst and sent the Waxers to an eventual 7-1 revenge victory over the Legionaires.
The Waxers didn't take long to get things going in the right direction after suffering a well-deserved defeat earlier in the week to Oshawa. Pat Porretta ignited the attack with a pair of pretty finishes to push Markham in front 2-0 early, that's all they'd need this night. Michael Diamond, Ben Cottreau, Liam Bowen, Jamie Wright and Porretta with his hat trick goal accounted for the scoring. Anthony Guadagnolo returned to form and made several spectacular stops especially in a rather sloppy poorly played second period. Sunday the Waxers travel to Ajax to play the Axemen in an afternoon contest. [recap]

Second year defenseman Mike Pain is on his way to play his first OHL games with Saginaw this weekend.PAIN CALLED UP BY SPIRIT
The Saginaw Spirit of the Ontario Hockey League have called up Waxer defenseman Michael Pain for their three games this weekend. Pain, the last cut by the Spirit in training camp, was drafted in 2001 by the franchise which was then based in North Bay. Saginaw plays Thursday night when they host the Plymouth Whalers.

..FROM THE DESK OF MIKE HAYAKAWA..
NOVEMBER 20, 2002

For Markham Waxers head coach Russ Herrington, his worst fear came to fruition when his team travelled to Oshawa on Tuesday for its Provincial Junior A Hockey League game against the Legionaires. [article]

OLD ADAGE PROVES TRUE TUESDAY NIGHT
The old and familiar refrain repeated by coaches through the ages and still remains a timeless truth was proved true in Oshawa Tuesday night as the Waxers were embarrassed with a 7-4 drubbing at the hands of the Legionaires. [recap]

Rookie defenseman Joe Rothwell got his first goal of the year against the Panthers, the goal turned out to be the game winner keeping alive the Waxers streak of 12-straight games without a regulation loss...FROM THE DESK OF MIKE HAYAKAWA..
NOVEMBER 18, 2002

You wonąt hear Markham Waxers' head coach Russ Herrington complain about taking four out of a possible four points, which his club did last weekend in its two Provincial Junior A Hockey League contests. However, in defeating the Thornhill Rattlers 9-2 at Centennial Arena on Friday and the Pickering Panthers 4-3 on the road Sunday, coach Herrington would like to see his charges play with a little more intensity. [article]

STRONG FIRST PERIOD POWERS WAXERS TO VICTORY IN PICKERING
The line of Mark Menonte, Ryan Steane and Liam Bowen accounted for three goals in the first period and Joe Rothwell's first Jr A goal stood up as the winner in a 4-3 victory Sunday night. A dominant first period was followed up by two periods of sloppy defensive play that caused this game to be more interesting than it should have been, especially considering the 57-28 shot advantage the Waxers held on the evening  [recap]

WAXERS MAKE ROSTER MOVES
The Markham Waxers' roster has been trimmed by three players after Eric Kleine, Juaquin Chavira and Ben Boudreau have moved on. Chavira has been traded to the Orangeville Thunder of the Mid-West Jr B League and Boudreau has been moved to Manchester, MA in the EJHL (his father ex-NHLer and Waxer Alum Bruce coaches the Manchester Monarchs AHL team).

Ben Cottreau led the Waxer 9-goal attack with four goals and five points on the night.MARKHAM SHAKES OFF LETHARGIC START SCORING 9 TIMES IN FINAL 38 MINUTES WITH COTTREAU LEADING CHARGE WITH 4-GOAL NIGHT
The rival Thornhill Rattlers visited Markham for the second times this season and once again fell to the Waxer attack in a 9-2 Waxer win, however, if you would have watched only the first period you'd not be blamed for not believing the final score. Ben Cottreau led the Waxer onslaught with four goals, the remainder of the scoring came from Tony Rossi (5-point night), Kevin Cribari, Ryan Steane, Mark Menonte and Pat Porretta (4-point night) each with singles. The outcome extends Markham's streak to 11-games since they lost a regulation contest. Next up is Pickering on Sunday at 7:30pm. [recap]

Liam Bowen's hat trick Sunday night capped a four-goal weekend...FROM THE DESK OF MIKE HAYAKAWA..
NOVEMBER 13, 2002

It may be a little premature to be thinking about the playoffs at this juncture of the Provincial Junior A Hockey League season. But the Markham Waxers received an early baptism of what the postseason might feel like last weekend. [article]

WAXERS COMPLETE SEASON SWEEP OF HURRICANES ON RAINY EVENING
The Waxers defeated the Hurricanes for the second time this season with a convincing 5-3 victory in Newmarket.  Liam Bowen lead the way with a hat trick on the night while Markham actually scored 6 of the 8 goals in the contest. [recap]

Tony Rossi scored the first of Markham's three goals in an exciting 3-3 draw against his ex-club the Raiders.WAXERS AND RAIDERS PLAY TO A DRAW IN A PLAYOFF-LIKE THRILLER
The Waxers faced off against the Wexford Raiders Friday night, donning their 100th Anniversary Special Edition Sweaters for the second time as the two clubs squared off for the third time this year. If you missed it then this won't help you much, just think of a good playoff game and you'll get a good idea but this time there would be no victor. [recap]

Kevin Sit started and won both games for the Waxers...FROM THE DESK OF MIKE HAYAKAWA..
NOVEMBER 6, 2002

You won't hear Markham Waxers head coach Russ Herrington complain about the effort his charges gave last weekend after playing two games and coming out on top of each. [article]

ANOTHER ROAD VICTORY FOR WAXERS
The Waxers climbed on the bus for a Sunday afternoon game in Rama and came home with two points after a 4-2 victory over Couchiching.  Markham held the edge in play for virtually the entire game as Ben Cottreau had the hot hand scoring twice.  [recap]

WILDEST COMEBACK IN 100 YEARS?
Well, probably not, but on the night when the Waxers revealed their newly commissioned third jersey (to honour the 100th Anniversary of OHA hockey in Markham), the Waxers staged a comeback like few seen in the past.  Trailing 3-1 with less than a minute to play, the Waxers scored twice with the goalie out for an extra attacker and then secured the victory on an overtime power play goal just over 2 minutes in to OT to hang to first place and reverse the tables on the visiting Vaughan Vipers.  [recap]


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