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Markham Waxers News Items

FEBRUARY 2003

WAXERS PROVE TO BE GRACIOUS HOSTS 
Coming on the heels of a 2-1 OT loss in St. Mike's Thursday night the Waxers jumped out to an early 1-0 lead, their only scoreboard advantage of the night. St. Mike's capitalized on numerous powerplay opportunities and went on to embarrass the Waxers, scoring five unanswered times to defeat Markham 7-2. [recap]

WAXERS OT LOSS SENDS GAME FIVE BACK TO MARKHAM 
Thursday the Waxers lost for the first time this playoff season, 2-1 to the Buzzers at St. Michael's Arena. The Waxers and Buzzers return to Markham for game five tomorrow (Friday) evening, 8:00pm start. [recap]

..FROM THE DESK OF MIKE HAYAKAWA..
FEBRUARY 26, 2003

The Markham Waxers are enjoying a smooth ride so far in their best-of-seven, second round Provincial Junior A Hockey League playoff series against the St. Michael's Buzzers. [article]

Liam Bowen was a locomotive this night, simply unstoppable his high-tempo play and power game set the tone for the night.NAIL-BITER ENDS ON A GOOD NOTE WITH 3-2 VICTORY 
Monday night in Markham produced no surprises as the Buzzers came out and capitalized in the first period for a pair of a goals to jump to a 2-1 lead after a period. That would be the end of their offensive production for this night and the Waxers answered back with goals in the final two periods to extend their series lead to 3-0 with game four scheduled for St. Mike's at 7:30pm. Waxer goals came from Pat Porretta, Liam Bowen and Kevin Cribari (game winner). [recap]

Jason Duffy opened the scoring and provided a lesson that lasted the length of the game in what a power forward should do and how to do it.WAXERS' PATIENCE PAYS DIVIDENDS AND VAULTS THEM INTO A 2-0 SERIES LEAD 
Sunday night the Waxers delivered a complete game and held the edge in play for most of the night and the results showed on the scoreboard. The Waxers now return home for game three tomorrow night with a 6-2 road victory in their pocket. Game three goes in Markham at 8:15pm. [recap]

Ben Cottreau's persistence with a couple of minutes left supplied the game winner in the opening game of the best-of-7 series.COTTREAU'S LATE GOAL SENDS WAXERS HOME HAPPY 
The Waxers showed no signs of rust early in the contest as they dominated the opening 20 minutes and led 2-1. The Buzzers tied it at 2-2 in the second before Markham regained the lead in the third, 3-2. The lead was shortlived as the Buzzers evened things up again with a shorthanded marker. That set up the capper for the evening when Ben Cottreau scored the game winner came with around two minutes left in regulation time. Game two goes in St. Mike's at 7:00pm before returning back to Markham for game three on Monday night (8:15pm start). [recap]

..FROM THE DESK OF MIKE HAYAKAWA..
Veteran Ryan Steane and the rest of the Waxers anxiously await the start of their second round series versus St. Mike's.FEBRUARY 19, 2003

For those who were associated with the Markham Waxers last season, there was little doubt as to who they were hoping to meet when the second round of the Provincial Junior A Hockey League playoffs commence. [article]

DEJA VU ALL OVER AGAIN IN SECOND ROUND 
It feels like the clock has been turned back a year as the second round of the playoffs approaches for the Waxers. For the second straight year, Markham will face-off against the St Michael's Buzzers.  Last year, the Buzzers finished second in the regular season and then ended the third place Waxers season.  Markham, this year finishing second, hopes to turn the tables on the third place Buzzers in the best of seven series which will start Friday.  [schedule

WAXERS' CRIBARI HAT-TRICK HELPS PROPEL MARKHAM OVER THORNHILL 
Markham had control of most of the sixty minutes, at times to the point of losKevin Cribari's hat trick led the Waxers to a 5-1 series ending victory over Thornhill.ing interest and perhaps not wishing to run up the score. Kevin Cribari's three goals and singles from Pat Porretta and Liam Bowen accounted for the Waxer scoring. Scott Gray allowed just one goal and turned in a stellar performance that included a great save on a bizarre clearout attempt by the Waxer defence that bounced off of a skate and an embarrassing situation was averted when Gray got his right pad out to thwart the ambush. The Waxers now await their round two opponent. [recap]

..FROM THE DESK OF MIKE HAYAKAWA..
Mark Menonte captains the Waxers in their 100th Year.FEBRUARY 10, 2003

Mark Menonte feels it's a special honour to be named captain of this year's Markham Waxers junior A hockey club. In having the C sewn on his blue and white uniform, the 20-year-old Woodbridge resident acknowledged it entails more than just showing up at the rink to suit up and play. [article]

MARKHAM RECOVERS TO TAKE COMMANDING LEAD IN SERIES 
Markham dominated the latter half of the third period to defeat the Rattlers 6-4 in a contest that saw Andrew Dias net his first hat-trick in blue and white. Game four goes in Markham on Thursday (Feb. 13) with a 7:00pm start (Note: the unusual start time). [recap]

SERIES MOVES BACK TO THORNHILL AFTER WAXERS DOWN RATTLERS FOR SECOND STRAIGHT NITE 
The Waxers recovered from an early Rattler lead to net six straight goals, including four in the second period alone to turn away the Rattlers by a 6-1 count. The victory gives the Waxers a 2-0 series edge with key game three slated to go tomorrow (Sat. night) at 7:30pm. [recap]

..FROM THE DESK OF MIKE HAYAKAWA..
Scott Gray made 34 saves to earn his first shutout as a Waxer.FEBRUARY 7, 2003

The Markham Waxers drew first blood in its first-round best-of-seven Provincial Junior A Hockey League playoff series against the Thornhill Rattlers on Thursday after cruising to a 7-0 road win. [article]

WAXERS DRAW FIRST BLOOD ON GRAY SHUTOUT 
Markham started off the playoffs with a bang Thursday night defeating the Thornhill Rattlers by a 7-0 score.  Scott Gray stopped 34 shots for the shutout and the Waxers got goals from 7 different players.  Game 2 is Friday night in Markham. [recap]

WAXERS ATTEMPT TO TAME RATTLERS AS PLAYOFFS SET TO BEGIN 
In their first meeting since the 1997 season (back when the two teams were in the Metro League and Head Coach Russ Herrington and General Manager Larry Herrington were with Thornhill), the Waxers and the Rattlers will face off in the playoffs in what could be deemed the Highway 7 Series.  The series will open on Thursday, February 6 at 7:30 pm in Thornhill and the Waxers first home game will be the next night, Friday the 7th. [schedule]

WAXERS FINISH SEASON AS IT STARTED -  WITH A TIE 
In what can be considered the only meaningless game of the regular season, the Waxers out shot Thornhill 45-31 and tied 3-3 in the final regular season game.  The regular season therefore ended the way it started, with a tie, and could that be signs of something good to come now that the second season has arrived? Time will only tell. [recap]

SLUMPING WAXERS GET BUZZED IN ST MICHAEL'S 
The Markham Waxers lost their chance to finish in first place when they fell 6-2 to the St Michael's Buzzers on Sunday night in their second last game of the season.  A much better effort by the Waxers, but when you slump things just don't seem to bounce your way. [recap]


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