A solid and exciting game between the Waxers and
visiting North York Rangers ended with Markham jumping above the .500 mark
thanks to a 3-1 victory. Goaltending duties were split by the Waxers
after Rob Cundari could not
continue due to injury after a stellar 40 minutes in which he stopped 16
shots. Trevor O'Neill came
in to stop all 12 shots he faced as the Waxers ended up out shootinbg the
Rangers 38-29 over the full 60 minutes.
A somewhat disturbing trend continued for the
Waxers as North York openbed the scoring in the opening minutes of the game
with a powerplay goal. The Waxers buckled down at that point and kept the
Rangers off the scoreboard the rest of the way as the game quickly became a
goaltenders battle. Markham ended the first period on the right note,
tying the score with a powerplay goal of their own with just 6 seconds left on
the clock. Mick Ralph started
the rush out of the Waxers end before passing off to James
Gaulrapp in the neutral zone. Gaulrapp found Brandon
Rubeo at the North York blueline and his head man pass sprung a 2-on-1
rush. Rubeo kept the puck himself and roofed a backhand shot over the outstretched
glove to score his team leading 5th of the year.
After a scoreless second period, the two teams
continued their entertaining affair in the third period with furious up and
down action. Markham was able to bust the tie just past the halway mark
of the period. After a Brett
Molnar shot from the high slot, Brandon
Fackey and David Kostuch
attacked the net hunting for the rebound. The goalie stopped Fackey's
shot but Kostuch corraled the puck and buried it upstairs under the crossbar
for the game winning goal. North York pressed in the final minute but
after Joel Gaulrapp blocked a
shot from the point, Rubeo fed the puck up the ice to James Gaulrapp who scored
uncontested in to the empty net.
Both teams played well on the evening but the
best performance may have been put in by the Officials (Referee Ryan O'Neill
and Linesmen Brett Punchard and Nick Ouwroules).
|G A M
E S U M M A R Y
1. North York, Johnson (PP) (Klere, Bloom) 2:06.
2. Markham, Brandon Rubeo 5 (James Gaulrapp, Mick Ralph) 19:54.
PENALTIES: Rubeo Mar (slashing) 1:37, Kerins
NYR (misconduct, game misconduct) 7:13, McKenna NYR (high
sticking) 8:22, Joel Gaulrapp Mar (roughing after the whistle)
14:28, Bloom NYR (high sticking) 19:34.
PENALTIES: McKenna NYR (high sticking) 0:12,
Morris Mar (holding) 7:36, Gamble NYR (holding) 12:26.
3. Markham, Kostuch 3 (Fackey, Molnar) 10:22.
4. Markham, Joel Gaulrapp 4 (Rubeo, Joel Gaulrapp) 19:39.
Schell Mar (roughing) 5:05.
Markham: Rob Cundari (0:00-40:00), Trevor O'Neill (40:00-60:00).
North York: Sean O'Sullivan.
Markham: 1 for 4. North York: 1 for 4.