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StreetTalk with Mike Hayakawa

By Mike Hayakawa [Sports Editor Markham Economist and Sun]
It wasn't pretty but Russ Herrington will take a win any way he can. The Markham Waxers' head coach felt his club could have played a better game in its Provincial Junior A regular season opener against the host Huntsville Wildcats on Thursday.

But the Waxers played good enough to skate away with a 6-4 win.

The Waxers dug themselves into a hole in the first period as they trailed 2-0. But with 54 seconds remaining in the frame, Ian Malcolm scored to cut the Waxers' deficit.


The injured Huntsville player, Richard Gill, wasn't as badly hurt as was originally feared and he's expected to miss about two weeks of action.

The contest was delayed at the 12-minute mark of the second period when a Wildcats' player was hurt after going into the end boards.

After a 45-minute delay and subsequent flooding of the ice, the contest resumed with the Waxers tying the game on a goal by Chris Petracco.

The Wildcats regained the lead with a power-play marker before the period concluded.

But unanswered goals by Malcolm, Petracco and Lawne Snyder enabled the Waxers to seize a 5-3 lead.

The Wildcats refused to call it quits as they scored a goal to cut the Waxers' margin to 5-4.


This article was written by Mike Hayakawa and published September 19, 1998 in the Markham Economist and Sun. Minor edits were performed to the original article.

This has been reproduced with permission.

The Waxers cemented the outcome with two minutes left in regulation time on a goal by Daniel Sisca.

The Waxers outshot the Wildcats 45-31.

"It wasn't pretty but they all count for two points," said Herrington, who felt Malcolm's goal just before the first period ended put his club at ease.

"Huntsville is a tough place to play because of the size of their arena and they had a good crowd.

I thought we were a bit nervous in the first period. But Malcolm's goal swung the momentum back to our side.

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