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Markham Waxers Game Report

AUG. 28/02 (Pre-season exhibition) P1 P2 P3 OT FINAL
MILTON MERCHANTS 1 2 1 - 4
MARKHAM WAXERS 2 2 1 - 5
WAXERS TURN AWAY MERCHANTS IN FIRST APPEARANCE ON HOME ICE
 
The 2002-03 Waxers hit home ice Wednesday night, their first chance to show the hometown the new-look blue and white squad. After a little bit of a slow start in the first 5-8 minutes the Waxers recovered and dominated the play for much of the night, hitting the iron trice and missing another chance as the puck rolled along the red line behind the Milton tender after Kevin Cribari's drive trickled through but not quite far enough. Still the Waxers put up five to take a 5-4 win after surviving a desperate Milton 6-man attack in the final minute. 

Milton struck first just under 4 minutes in to the game to jump out to a short lived 1-0 lead.  The Waxers battled back, scoring their first of two powerplay markers on the evening when Cribari fed Nathaniel Brooks on the halfboards and his slapper beat the Milton tender over the glove to tie the game.  Just over 6 minutes later, with 4:48 left in the period, Cribari scored a powerplay goal of his own while the Waxers were on a 5-on-3, stuffing home a rebound off a Pat Porretta shot from the slot.  The first ended 2-1 for the Waxers.

The second period was scoreless for the first 14 minutes before the teams exchanged a pair of goals each in 2:07 worth of hockey.  Milton tied the game at 2-2 with their only powerplay goal of the night with 5:59 left in the second.  Ryan Steane gave the Waxers the lead again, 1:22 later when he roofed home a rebound after a pretty three way passing play started by Mark Menonte and Tony Rossi.  Just 30 seconds later, the score was tied again as Milton scored right from the faceoff deep in Markham territory.  It took just 17 seconds for the Waxers to regain the lead, and the outburst to stop, when Jaoquin Chavira slammed home a centering pass from Liam Bowen for the 4-3 lead heading in to the final period.

It took less than 4 minutes for the game to be tied 4-4 as Milton scored just 3:50 in to the period.  The Waxers took the lead for good with under 7 minutes left to play when Porretta and Cribari combined for the winning goal.  Some nice cycling created a chance for Porretta to step out in front of the net and his low hard wrist shot eluded the goalie and provided the victory.

Anthony Guadagnolo played the entire game for the Waxers in net to earn the victory.

The Waxers next return to action on September 6, 2002 when they travel to Milton to complete the home-and-home exhibition series.  Their next home game is September 8 when they host the Newmarket Hurricanes at 7:30 pm.


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