The Waxers traveled to Oshawa Thursday night with
one simple, but difficult goal in mind, win. That they did despite a spirited
performance by the host Legionaires. Certainly Oshawa has no need to hang their
heads, they did play hard. This contest's outcome wasn't really certain until
midway through the third period when the Waxers extended their lead to three at
4-1, the Legionaires would score once more, a testament to their no-quit
attitude in the dying seconds of the contest to create the final of 4-2.
The first period was quite lacking for
excitement as neither squad seemed to be able to generate any sort of sustained
Young scored his third of the playoffs just before the thirteen minute
mark of the opening period when he rifled home a wrist shot into the top shelf
to put Markham in the lead at 1-0. Kevin
Tompkins and Steve
Nobili with the helpers.
The Legionaires wouldn't be long in answering,
taking advantage of a man advantage situation they tied the score at 1-1 with
less than five minutes remaining.
The Waxers started Dan
Leclair in net with the intention of giving Rick
Marnon a breather after starting and excelling in the first three games
of the series. However, in a most unfortunate turn of events, Leclair
eventually was forced to leave the contest due to equipment problems. As
consolation the Waxers awarded Dan with the game puck after the victory.
The second period was a penalty-filled affair
and the Waxers seemed to wake up during the penalty killing situations and play
with increased intensity.
Schofield who had earlier in the series made a goal mouth save was at
it again, this time in the second period. Twice, he took what looked like sure
goals out of harm's away from the crease area to help preserve the tie (1-1 at
The Waxers got the go-ahead goal on a most
unusual play, with about ten or so seconds remaining in the period, Oshawa shot
the puck into Waxer territory and while a couple of Legionaire forecheckers
were forced to retreat beyond the blueline (delayed offside) Patrick
Diotte went to the end boards to retrieve the loose disc, just as he
was about to get to the puck he slipped somehow and fell, recovered quickly and
whipped a long pass to Jason
Duffy who streaked past the blue line with just six seconds remaining
on the clock and drove hard to the net from the right wing and wristed home the
The Waxers turned in a much better effort in the
third period, although it wasn't mistake free it was a vast improvement over
the previous two this night. Adam
Doucette was sprung for a breakaway from the blueline and scored the
eventual game winner. Duffy and Schofield assisted on the goal
Two minutes later Robert
Burrows grabbed a loose puck that was the result of some aggressive and
effective forechecking of James
Regan while they were out on a penalty killing duty. Burrows muscled
past an Oshawa defender and drove straight down the gut to the net for the
shorthanded goal and a 4-1 Waxer lead. The unassisted goal also illustrates a
major flaw in the statistical scoring system as Regan wasn't awarded an assist,
he never touched the puck, but his forechecking did create the turnover, just
goes to show that stats are only good for so much. That goal basically turned
the lights out for this contest.
The Legionaires to their credit never gave up
and scored in the dying seconds of the contest when a shot from the point
deflected off two or more sticks and/or skates into the Waxer cage to conclude
the scoring for the night.
This night's win and the series victory is in
the truest sense of the phrase a "team victory", contributions, key
ones, came from all. There is not a team in it's path that the blue and white
are afraid of facing, certainly they have a healthy respect for all their
opponents, just as they did for the Legionaires. This confidence is due in large part to
the significant veteran presence that is on this club, this team had one goal
in mind at training camp, that goal has not changed. This club was built to
win, simply put.
The Waxers now await to find out who their next
round opponent will be, once that has been determined and a schedule has been
completed we'll publish that data as soon as possible.
|G A M
E S U M M A R Y
1. Markham, Young 3 (Tompkins, Nobili), 12:44.
2. Oshawa, Rankine (PP) (Chouinard), 15:24.
Tompkins Mar (slashing), 2:41; Doherty OSH
(tripping), 6:10; AStoyan Mar (high sticking), 13:59.
3. Markham, Duffy 2 (Diotte), 19:56.
AStoyan Mar (tripping), 1:55; Arbour OSH (holding),
6:17; ADoucette Mar (double roughing), 9:46;
Modeste OSH (roughing), Harding Mar (roughing, checking from
behind minor, game misconduct), 13:38; DDoucette
Mar (cross checking), 15:21; Kosiw OSH (checking from behind
minor, game misconduct), 16:17.
4. Markham, ADoucette 2 (Duffy, Schofield), 7:35.
5. Markham, Burrows 1 (SH) (unassisted), 9:41.
6. Oshawa, Doherty (Uniacke, Modeste), 19:53.
Ferrante Mar (slashing), 8:15; DDoucette Mar (elbowing), 11:53;
ADoucette Mar (slashing), 17:21.
Markham: Dan Leclair, Rick Marnon (15:24 of 1st). Oshawa: Chris