The Waxers made a rare Tuesday night appearance in
Scarborough and in a contest that bore many similarities to the Sunday night
encounter the Waxers dug deep and using a powerful third period surge defeated
the Raiders 4-3 to take a 2-1 series lead.
Nine minutes into the contest with the Waxers on
a powerplay and forcing the play low around the Raider cage, Kevin
Tompkins shoveled home a loose puck in the goal mouth area to give the
Waxers the early 1-0 advantage. Jesse
Boucher and Adam Doucette
with the assists.
Late in the period the Raiders tied it up to
send the teams deadlocked after the first twenty minutes.
The period was a fast paced one with very few
stoppages in play but wasn't at all a display of wide-open hockey as the good
scoring chances were at a premium in the opening frame.
The Raiders scored an early powerplay goal to
take a 2-1 edge in the second and it wouldn't be until the dying seconds of the
period before the Waxers would reply. With about twenty seconds left on the
clock and a faceoff to the left of the Raider net, Kevin
Cribari won the draw back to Jimmy
Ball who unloaded with a shot that bounced off the keeper where Boucher
swooped in for the carom and dunked it into the Raider cage to even the score.
If there was any momentum for the Waxers after
the late goal in the previous period it was quickly removed when the Raiders
scored a fluke goal that deflected off a foot into the Waxer net.
Later with the Waxers still down a goal the
Raiders had a chance to really make things difficult when a Wexford attacker
broke in on a clean breakaway from the blueline in but Rick
Marnon made an excellent pad save on the deke attempt.
That save appeared to be the turning point in
the contest for the Waxers cranked things up, and not in any small way.
A couple of minutes before the midway point of
the period the Waxers attacked in relentless waves and finally after Tompkins
rung one off the post Jason
Young wristed a rebound from an Adam Doucette drive to tie the score at
3-3. Steve Nobili with
the second assist on the equalizer.
Nobili had a great chance for the go ahead goal
when he grabbed a loose puck along the left wall and cut to the net only to see
his shot slide off the iron.
Exactly four minutes after the equalizer and
with the blue and white machine in high gear the fruits of their hard work paid
off again, this time Nobili made no mistake. Young and Paul
Robinson with the assists.
The third period, especially if the last 12 or
so minutes were considered was basically an exhibition of perseverance and
determination. That resilient nature combined with a very healthy fear of
losing created an intensity that just simply overpowered the Raiders.
Young and Cribari both had big hits along the
boards and Alex Stoyan
delivered one hit that would have spiked any local seismographs in the nearby
With the Waxers now up in the series 2-1 and
home ice advantage snatched from the Raiders, game four goes Friday night at
Markham Centennial at 8:00pm.
|G A M
E S U M M A R Y
1. Markham, Tompkins 2 (PP) (Boucher, ADoucette), 9:06.
2. Wexford, Katsuras (Faulkner, Foy), 17:47.
Winnik Wex (hooking), 7:52; DDoucette Mar (slashing), 10:50; Durno
Wex (roughing), 12:47.
3. Wexford, Katsuras (PP) (Rossi, Foy), 3:41.
4. Markham, Boucher 5 (Ball, Cribari), 19:44.
DDoucette Mar (interference), ADoucette Mar
(misconduct), 1:49; McLean Wex (holding stick), 5:01; Knight Wex
(delay of game), 9:05; Ball Mar (tripping), 15:15.
5. Wexford, Whyte (Ryan, Rossi), 0:50.
6. Markham, Young 4 (ADoucette, Nobili), 11:56.
7. Markham, Nobili 2 (Young, Robinson), 15:56.
Markham: Rick Marnon. Wexford: Tim Knight.