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The return of "Thumper" and an outstanding effort by the entire club resulted in a classic playoff contest.WAXERS DEFEAT THE VIPERS AS THE "THUMPER" RETURNS
The Waxers defeated the Vaughan Vipers 3-2 at Vaughan Monday night to cut their series deficit to 2-1. The contest featured the return of Kevin ("Thumper") Tompkins who made a grand splash by scoring the first goal of the contest. Jason Fraccaro and Greg Chambers supplied the other two markers. Tremendous team defence and outstanding goaltending from Jeremy Wenzel made for a prototypical playoff victory. Game four doesn't go until Friday (Mar. 3) at Markham. [recap]

Paul Robinson scored twice in game two for the Waxers, including a PP marker.OMINOUS START FOR WAXERS IN GAME TWO LOSS
Markham's bad luck continued in the opening moments of the second game and combined with a club that struggled to put it all together resulted in a humbling 9-5 loss to the Vipers. This night nothing seemed to work for the Waxers but to their credit they didn't pack up the tent but battled right up into the final minute of the contest. [recap]

Lawne Snyder scored with his rocket, twice and enjoyed a three point night in an unfortunate Waxers opening game loss to the Vipers.MARKHAM SENDS LOUD MESSAGE IN GAME ONE
The Waxers fell in game one 6-4 in an extremely close contest that had it's outcome in doubt until the final moments of the game when the Vipers scored an empty net marker. Markham fell prey to some unfortunate breaks including a several "iron shots" but refused to give in. Game two is in Vaughan at 6:00pm, come out and support your Markham Waxers as they strive to upset the division winners from the wrong side of town. [recap]

Jeremy Wenzel had his second consecutive first rate outing to lead the Waxers to a 3-1 triumph and a 4-3 come-from-behind series decision over North York.WAXERS NEXT MISSION: VIPERS
Markham jumped out to a 2-0 lead and eventually defeated the North York Rangers 3-1 to take the decisive game seven in the opening round of the playoffs. Greg Chambers, Lawne Snyder and Jason Young supplied the offense as the Waxers pumped 48 shots at the Rangers goal in an entertaining contest in front of a packed house at Markham Centennial. Jeremy Wenzel turned aside 39 of the 40 shots he faced and came through to lead the Waxers to a clutch victory. Next up are the Division winners, Vaughan Vipers who split the four-game regular season series with Markham at 2 wins apiece. [recap]

Jason Fraccaro's hat trick and four point night propelled the Waxers to a 6-2 decision.MARKHAM REBOUNDS TO SEND THE SERIES THE DISTANCE
The Waxers went into North York Saturday night facing elimination in the opening round of the 2000 OPJHL Playoffs and answered the bell, big time. Dominating again from start to finish the Waxers handed the Rangers a 6-2 defeat. Markham's Jeremy Wenzel was at the top of his game and the Waxers got big offensive efforts from Jason Fraccaro (three goals and four points) and Tom Kotsopoulos (two goals, one shorthanded). The rubber match is in Markham at 8:15pm on Monday (Feb. 21). [recap]

Jason Young scored twice, both on the PP but the Waxers would fall to a disappointing 5-4 defeat.WAXERS DOMINATE ON THE ICE BUT LOSE ON THE SCOREBOARD
Markham dominated this game five matchup between the Waxers and the North York Rangers in Markham Friday night, however, despite consistently outworking, outchancing the opponents the Waxers found themselves on the wrong end of  a 5-4 score. Game six goes Saturday night in North York at 7:00pm (Feb. 19). [recap]

1999/2000 Waxers Showcase Images are now available1999/2000 WAXERS SHOWCASE IMAGES
The south showcase at Markham Centennial contains a set of images that show each of the Waxers. These images are available now below for online viewing. [details]

Greg Chambers has a six point night but it still wasn't enough unfortunately for the WaxersWAXERS PLEDGE TO REGROUP AFTER DISAPPOINTING LOSS TO RANGERS
The Waxers dropped a disappointing 7-6 decision to the North York Rangers Wednesday night, bringing playoffs down to a best of three affair. In a contest that neither club deserved to win the Rangers to their credit prevailed with the victory. The "Greg Chambers Show" was spoiled with the loss, he figured in on all six Waxer goals, his career high in Junior. Come out and cheer on the Waxers in game five, you will not walk away disappointed. [recap]

Jason Young played an outstanding two-way game as the Waxers were defeated but not outworked.WAXERS FALL 3-1 AS RANGERS STEAL A VICTORY
Markham played their best hockey of the series in this contest but ran up against a string of bad luck with numerous posts and crossbars and an opposing netminder who was keeping the Rangers in the contest. [recap]

Greg Chambers performed some magic out there against the RangersMARKHAM LOOSENS UP IN THE THIRD AND DOWNS THE RANGERS 5-3
The Waxers defeated the North York Rangers 5-3 in a game that shared many of the traits of the previous night's contest. Lawne Snyder and Paul Robinson scored third period markers to give the Waxers a 2-0 series lead. [recap]

The massive celebration underway after Rob Mazzuca's overtime winner.WAXERS OVERCOME SLUGGISH START AS MAZZUCA UNLEASHES BAZOOKA FOR OT WINNER
The Waxers started off the series in less than spectacular fashion but to their credit never allowed the Rangers to lead by more than one despite the very un-Waxerlike performance early. In the end it took a Rob Mazzuca bullet into the top shelf, to give the Waxers the 4-3 win in overtime. [recap]

Waxers are ready for the real season...first round opponents are the North York Rangers.WAXERS PLAYOFF PREVIEW ROUND ONE: MISSION NORTH YORK
Round 1 is often the toughest round to win, especially as a 4th seed. Because you play the closest team to you in the standings, anything can happen. [preview]

Markham turned aside the Vipers 6-4 Monday night as the Waxers concluded their regular season schedule on the road. A pair of two-goal performances by Greg Chambers and Jim Ulcar was upstaged by the two assists picked up by Jeremy Wenzel who set a franchise record with nine assists in a regular season. The Waxers first home game of the best-of-7 game playoff series with the Rangers will be Friday, February 11 @ 8pm. [recap]

On a very busy night with the pre-game festivities (Year of the Goaltender and Waxers Graduation Appreciation Night) the Waxers went out and defeated the Stouffville Spirit 4-2 in a game that was technically meaningless for the Markham club. All four graduates contributed in the scoresheet as Tom Kotsopoulos scored and assisted, Rob Mazzuca scored, Lawne Snyder drew two assists and Jeremy Wenzel drew an assist, Wenzel's assist tied a franchise record for the Waxers (his seventh of the year).

Waxer seniors Tom Kotsopoulos, Jeremy Wenzel, Rob Mazzuca and Lawne Snyder capped off a special day by leading the club to victory.WAXERS PAY TRIBUTE TO GRADUATING SENIORS
The Waxers paid tribute to the four graduating senior players with a first class presentation immediately prior to the game between Stouffville and Markham on Friday, February 4, 2000. [article]

President Don Bremner and Mr. Waxer, Lew Hollett unveiled the Year of the GoaltenderYEAR-OF-THE-GOALTENDER BANNER UNVEILING AND RETIREMENT OF SWEATER NUMBERS 
Prior to the Waxers final regular season home game on Friday, February 4, 2000, the Waxers unveiled their "Year of the Goaltender" banner and announced the retirement of netminder's sweaters. [article]

Waxers captain Kevin Tompkins takes home the Most Improved Player of the Year in grand style.WAXERS CAPTAIN COPS OHA AWARD
On February 2, 2000, the Ontario Junior A Provincial Hockey League Awards were voted upon by the member General Managers and were given out in each of the four divisions. Kevin Tompkins, captain of the Markham Waxers was a unanimous selection for OPJHL Most Improved Player award in the South Division. [story] 

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