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Markham Waxers News Items

SEPTEMBER 2002

SKATE WITH THE WAXERS HUGE SUCCESS
On Monday September 30, the Markham Waxers held their first "Skate with the Waxers" prior to an open practice.  The Waxer players mingled with their fans on the ice and signed autographs for those in attendance. [pictures]

..ALUMNI UPDATE..
SISCA NAMED OHL PLAYER OF THE WEEK

The Ontario Hockey League today announced that Waxer Alumnus and current Mississauga IceDogs centre Daniel Sisca is the OHL Player of the Week for the week ending Sunday September 29, 2002 after scoring six goals and four assists for 10 points in three games. [article]

Anthony Guadagnolo..FROM THE DESK OF MIKE HAYAKAWA..
SEPTEMBER 30, 2002

Although the Provincial Junior A Hockey League season is still in its infant stages, Markham Waxers head coach Russ Herrington still hasnšt anointed a Number one goalkeeper. But based on what transpired last weekend, first-year netminder Anthony Guadagnolo took a giant step towards alleviating Herringtonšs dilemma. On Friday, the 16-year-old Markham native posted his first junior A shutout when the Waxers pasted the visiting Thornhill Rattlers 9-0. The following night, Guadagnolo was given his second consecutive start and handled 41 of 45 shots, including a couple of big saves in the third period, to enable the Waxers to earn a 4-4 tie with the visiting North York Rangers. [article]

Waxers recovered from a slow start to dominate large portions of the second half and earned a come from behind tie with the Rangers.SLOW START BUT FURIOUS FINISH EARNS THE WAXERS A DRAW TO CONCLUDE FIRST MONTH OF THE SEASON
Saturday night the Waxers got off to a somewhat of a lethargic start and trailed 2-1 after one before turning it around midway through regulation time. Tremendous pressure that seemed to overwhelm the Rangers finally resulted in the equalizer with just over a minute remaining. Not that the Rangers had no chances of their own, in fact two clear breakaways threatened to ice a visitor's victory but Anthony Guadagnolo was rock solid to give his club the chance to salvage an all important point. Pat Porretta led the attack with a pair of powerplay goals including the tying goal. [recap]

As much as their previous game was a collective collapse the win against Thornhill was the a total team win.WAXERS ERASE NIGHTMARE OF TWO NIGHTS AGO AND TURN AWAY CROSS-TOWN RIVAL THORNHILL
The youthful Waxers wiped away any memories from their last contest and put into practice that the painful lesson that to take any team lightly with a less than stellar effort is an invitation for disaster had been learned. The final count added up to a 9-0 shutout of the Rattlers who may have been out matched for stretches still showed heart and didn't "pack it in" despite what the final score might indicate. Seven different Seven different Waxers provided the goals and Anthony Guadagnolo turned away 39 shots to earn his first Jr. A shutout. Tomorrow night (Saturday) the Waxers face the North York Rangers for the first time this season, game time is 8:30pm at Markham Centennial in the second game of an extended seven-game home stand that continues through October 18th. [recap]

LACKADAISICAL EFFORT IN PICKERING RESULTS IN AN EMBARRASSING LOSS
Wednesday night the Waxers visited Pickering for the first time in this young season and delivered the classic "game to forget" as the Waxers handed the Panthers a 5-1 gift. [recap]

INTENSE GAME ENDS WITH A DEFEAT FOR WAXERS
The Waxers played against the Georgetown Raiders on Sunday afternoon in their College Weekend game in Erin Mills.  A game easily mistook for a playoff encounter because of the intensity shown, the Raiders were slightly better on this day winning 7-4 over Markham. Pat Porretta had a hat trick and Liam Bowen added a single. [recap]

WAXERS BACK ON TRACK WITH RESOUNDING VICTORY
The Waxers travelled across Hghway 7 Saturday night and came home with a 6-2 victory over the Thornhill Rattlers.  Markham got stronger as the game wore on, busting open a 3-2 game with three unanswered goals in the third period.  Liam Bowen, and Ryan Olidis had singles while Mark Menonte and Ryan Steane had a pair of goals as Tony Rossi collected 5 assists. [recap]

WAXERS CRASH LAND AT HANDS OF RAIDERS
The first meeting between the Raiders and Waxers turned out one sided on the scoreboard as Wexford pasted Markham 7-1.  The Waxers scored the first goal but that was the end of the good news as the Waxers suffer their first loss of the season. [recap]

Pat Porretta netted the game winner with just 26 seconds remaining in the contest.WAXERS RECOVER WITH TWO GOALS IN FINAL MINUTE TO STEAL WIN
The first meeting between the Tigers and Waxers was a see-saw affair that saw the Waxers lose grip on a two-goal lead before recovering with two goals, 16 seconds apart in the final minute to take home a 6-5 win. [recap]

Liam Bowen led the Waxer attack with a pair of goals, the second the eventual game winner as the Waxers notched their first "W" of the new season.PICKERING PUTS UP A GOOD EFFORT BUT WAXERS TAKE HOME THE WIN
The first meeting of the year (first time also that assistant Matt Gibson faced his old club) saw the Waxers dominate much of the night in a very fast game (just over two hours) and put their first "W" on the board. Michael Pain, Liam Bowen (2), Ben Cottreau and Kevin Cribari supplied the goals. [recap]

Jamie Wright raced in to join the Waxers for his debut in the blue and white, looked like he was born to be a Waxer.WAXERS ADD VETERAN BLUELINER
The Waxers made a substantial addition to the team this year with the signing of defenseman Jamie Wright. Jamie was picked up in a transaction with the Lindsay Muskies. A dynamic skater with outstanding offensive tools he finished third in team scoring with 8 goals and 21 assists.
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Kevin Cribari slammed home the game tying goal to cap off a furious three-goal rally by the Waxers.WAXERS START 100TH YEAR WITH THIRD PERIOD RALLY TO TIE BUZZERS
After the pre-game presentations were dispensed with the start of the long regular season got underway. After Ryan Steane put the Waxers in front the Buzzers recovered to take a 4-1 lead into the third period. Tony Rossi, Michael Pain and Kevin Cribari scored unanswered markers to send the contest into overtime and completed the comeback that saw the Waxers and Buzzers tie 4-4. No rest for the blue and white as they faceoff against the Pickering Panthers tomorrow night (Sat.) at 8:00pm at Markham Centennial. [recap]

Markham Deputy Mayor was on hand for the launch of a historic year.Waxers owner Don Bremner was recognized by the Town of Markham, graciously accepting on behalf of the storied franchise.MARKHAM DEPUTY MAYOR FRANK SCARPITTI KICKSTARTS THE 100TH YEAR
The 100th year was officially launched with pre-game festivities where Markham Deputy Mayor Frank Scarpitti presented the OHA with a plaque honouring the 100th year of Markham's participation. Waxers owner Don Bremner then accepted on behalf of the Waxers, a club steep with tradition and history, a plaque of appreciation from Mr. Scarpitti. [full story]

REGULAR SEASON/HOME OPENER ON FRIDAY AGAINST BUZZERS
Finally after a long summer, the youthful Waxers open the season against the St. Michael's Buzzers at Markham Centennial at 8:00pm.


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