Toy and Toonie Night turned out to be a big success as the
Waxers skated off with a 6-3 victory over visiting Ajax to open the three game
weekend. The Waxers would like to thank all those in attendance for their
donations and for participating in the Teddy Bear Toss - the toys and teddy
bears will now be donated to the Markham-Stouffville Hospital.
Markham opened the scoring (and unleashed the barrage of
stuffed animals) just over 5 minutes in to the game on a Mark Menonte
goal. Special thanks to the Waxers Novice team for getting out on the ice
quickly and collecting the animals! Pat Porretta and
assisted on the goal which came when Menonte redirected a Porretta pass over
the goalie's blocker. With under two minutes left in the period, the
Waxers upped the lead to 2-0. Jamie Wright fed Porretta on an Ajax line
change and Porretta's wrist shot dinged off the post. The puck came right
out in to the slot where Jeff Weiss was waiting to bang it home with 1:45 left
in the first period.
The dominant performance of the first period deteriorated in to
sloppiness for most of the next two periods and allowed the Axemen to make a
game of it. The game was tied 2-2 by the 11 minute mark of the middle
frame and the period ended with Markham holding a 4-3 advantage. Porretta accounted for both goals in the second period, with
Tony Rossi and
Menonte picking up assists on both goals. The first came off the rush
when Menonte fed Porretta, he slid it to Rossi who moved the puck right back to
Porretta for an easy slam dunk in to the open net. The second came as a
result of good cycling down low by Menonte and Rossi, who then found Porretta
in the slot for a low one-timer. Ajax sandwiched a goal in between the
two Porretta markers.
The third period saw the Waxers score shorthanded- twice - as
the combo of Rossi and Menonte completed their stellar evening. First, in
the opening minute, it was Menonte who scored on a semi-breakaway after he and
Rossi caused a turnover by the Ajax blueline. Then, Menonte did the
forechecking, got the puck and centered to Rossi for a booming slapper to end
the scoring with 1:53 left on the clock.
|G A M
E S U M M A R Y
1. Markham, Menonte 16 (Porretta, Ferrante) 5:24.
2. Markham, Weiss 3 (Porretta, Wright) 18:15.
PENALTIES: Ferrante Mar (interference) 5:48,
Cribari Mar (fighting, game misconduct) Rossi Mar
(misconduct) Mitchel (instigator, fighting, game misconduct)
15:49, Lyall Mar (cross checking) 19:35
3. Ajax, Gonsalves (Weinberg) 8:22.
4. Ajax, Gallagher (Gonsalves, Castoff) 11:11.
5. Markham, Porretta 25 (Rossi, Menonte) 12:24.
6. Ajax, Gallagher (PP) (Castoff, Gonsalves) 14:53.
7. Markham, Porretta 26 (Rossi, Menonte) 16:39.
PENALTIES: Browner Aja (roughing) 1:44, Ferrante
Mar (tripping) 6:25, Glode Aja (tripping) 7:15, Buckstein Mar
8. Markham, Menonte 17 (SH) (Rossi) 0:51.
9. Markham, Rossi 10 (SH) (Menonte) 18:07.
PENALTIES: Rothwell Mar (hooking) 0:16, Ferrante
Mar (slashing) 4:46, Bouchner Aja (roughing) 4:59, Buckstein Mar
(interference) 9:34, Buckstein Mar (tripping) 17:37
Markham: Anthony Guadagnolo (0:00-34:53), Kevin Sit (34:53-60:00),
Ajax: Brian Elliot.