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.
The Waxers came out of the gate flying and held
the play deep in Oshawa territory for long stretches at a time. That hard work
paid off when Kevin Cribari
scored his first of the playoffs from Jesse
Boucher and Derek
Doucette seven and a half minutes into the game. About four minutes
later Boucher drove to the net and was rewarded with a goalmouth feed for the
tip in to make it 2-0. Kevin
Tompkins and Adam
Doucette with the assists.
The period was slowed down by an inordinate
amount of icing calls, almost all against Oshawa, as they appeared overwhelmed
at times during the opening frame. The Legionaires did have several good
scoring chances, in particular when they had the man advantage but could not
put one by Marnon.
Six minutes into the second period the
Legionaires cut the Waxer lead in half and it wouldn't be until much later in
the period before Markham would be able to restore it's two goal advantage.
With just over two minutes remaining in the
second, Tompkins scored his first of the playoffs from Patrick
Diotte and Cribari, that goal would turn out to be very large, the game
winner in fact.
The Waxers play tailed off significantly in the
second, perhaps they were either tired or had dared to take the pesky
Legionaires a little too lightly.
Oshawa cranked up the attack in the third
period, outshooting the Waxers 16-5, taking advantage of the continued penalty
troubles encountered by Markham in the game.
Marnon had to come up with big save after big
save to keep the Legionaires at bay.
Late in the contest, with the Waxers short two
men, the Legionaires scored on a rebound to make for a real interesting
Notable was the performance of Tompkins, in
third period action, he was often sent out to take key faceoffs in the
defensive zone and was good for 6-8 such draws in the final period alone.
The Waxers missed several outstanding chances,
Cribari was sent in all alone only to be denied in the second period. Adam
Doucette was sprung for a breakaway and beat the netminder cleanly only to have
the puck bounce back off the iron inside the cage, the transition play that
transpired very quickly as it was started by a pass around the Waxer goal line
to the Oshawa blueline was a difficult one for the officials to handle and in
the end it didn't matter.
Best hits of the night came courtesy of Diotte, James
Regan (a beautiful open ice "collision" at the Oshawa
blueline in the second period and Alex
Stoyan (sorry Mr. Stoyan) delivered his usual two or three solid hits
(albeit not like the "localized earthquakes" from Friday night's
It goes without saying that the Waxers will be
facing a club that is dying to get a victory on Thursday night when they travel
to Oshawa to play game four. There's no doubt that the blue and white squad
will be ready for them which should result in an outstanding hockey game for
all fans of this sport we all love. Get out and support your Waxers!
|G A M
E S U M M A R Y
1. Markham, Cribari 1 (Boucher, DDoucette), 7:34.
2. Markham, Boucher 2 (Tompkins, ADoucette), 11:52.
Marnon Mar (slashing), 1:34; Schofield Mar (roughing), 4:58;
AStoyan Mar (roughing after whistle), Rankine OSH (roughing),
5:44; Uniacke OSH (slashing), 9:50.
3. Oshawa, Arbour (Rankine), 6:21.
4. Markham, Tompkins 1 (Cribari, Diotte), 17:38.
DDoucette Mar (cross checking, roughing after whistle), Deir OSH
(roughing), 4:11; Tompkins Mar (roughing after whistle), 11:10.
5. Oshawa, Rankine (PP) (MacRury), 15:47.
ADoucette Mar (roughing after whistle), Uniacke OSH (roughing),
5:33; AStoyan Mar (cross checking), 9:52; Mitchell Mar (roughing),
14:45; Marnon Mar (delay of game), 15:08.
Markham: Rick Marnon. Oshawa: Chris Whitley.