Markham grabbed a strangle
hold on the opening round series with their second consecutive victory, this
time by a 5-3 score, and have taken a 3-2 lead in the series after 5
games. Markham was led by two third period goals by Josh Jacobs as the
Waxers broke open a 2-2 deadlock in the final 20 minutes.
After a scoreless first
period, in which the Waxers out shot the Panthers 8-3, the Waxers scored twice
early in the second period to take a 2-0 lead. Chris Korte got things
going with his first of the playoffs, taking a Joel Gaulrapp pass in the Waxer
end and then carrying the mail to the Pickering end before burying a high wrist
shot. Just 1:21 later, the Waxers doubled the lead when Nathaniel Brooks
fed Daniel Torres a perfect pass on a 2-on-1 for an easy slam dunk goal with
13:16 left in the second. Pickering would get back to even ground with
two powerplay goals in the final 6 minutes of the period.
That set the stage for the
Jacobs show in the third period. On his first, Brett Molnar got the puck
up to Riley Hill who passed it on to Jacobs in the neutral zone. Jacobs
drove hard to his forehand side and roofed a perfect wrister for the 4-3
lead. He scored the eventual game winner on a powerplay with 4:52 left in
the game, taking a sweet backdoor pass from Korte for the goal (also assisted
by Molnar). Pickering got an extra attacker powerplay goal with 0:32 left
on the clock before the Waxers iced the victory with Joel Gaulrapp intercepting
a neutral zone pass and feeding brother James for an empty netter.
Fischer stopped 27 shots for the victory.
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E S U M M A R Y
Carnegie Pic (holding) 6:26, Carnegie Pic
(slashing) 12:13, O'Boyle Mar (tripping) 17:45.
Markham, Korte 1 (Joel Gaulrapp) 5:23
2. Markham, Torres 4 (Brooks) 6:44.
3. Pickering, Birr (PP) (Lynden) 13:28.
4. Pickering, Sullivan (PP) (Roulston) 15:47..
Labreche Mar (tripping) 12:16, Ralph Mar (cross checking)
Markham, Jacobs 4 (Hill, Molnar) 1:59.
6. Markham, Jacobs 5 (PP) (Korte, Molnar) 15:08.
7. Pickering, Birr (PP) (Connolly, Roulston) 19:28.
8. Markham, James Gaulrapp 2 (EN) (Joel Gaulrapp) 19:47..
Levy Mar (hooking) 7:29, Smith Pic (holding) 13:12, Korte Mar
(high sticking) 18:31.
Pickering: Ryan Daniels.
1 for 3. Pickering:
3 for 5.