Jacks’ streak ends with 6-4 loss to Paris Mounties
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Jacks’ streak ends with 6-4 loss to Paris Mounties

For the second time in less than two months Paris ended a Wellesley three-game winning streak, handing the Applejacks a 6-4 loss January 5.

In the past week the Jacks were on top of their game beating out Tavistock (6-1), New Hamburg (5-3), and Woodstock (7-4) but that was before the conference leaders came to Wellesley on Sunday and the squads with strong special teams clashed on the ice.

“I talked all year about the fact that special teams win games in our league. If you look at what happened, they had a ton of power plays in the second period and they are, besides us one of the top power plays in the league,” said head coach Rob Way.

The Jacks set the pace early in the first period and certainly didn’t make it easy on the eventual victors, but as the game wore on the Jacks wore out and by the end of the second, Paris held a 5-3 lead courtesy of three power play goals over the boys in red and white.

Playing for 40 minutes often gets a team in trouble, but Wellesley would have been much happier to omit the middle frame, where Paris did most of their damage.

“We competed, we got off to a strong start, up 2-0 then we took a penalty, they scored a power play. We’re up 3-2 at the end of the first period and playing very well and then in second period we took all of those penalties. Before we knew it we were losing 5-3,” Way said.

First on the board, Wellesley’s Alex Stoody scored at 3:32 assisted by Sean McEwan and Brett MacDonald followed just four minutes later by Luke Rose (Cody Tapsell, Devon Wagner) at 7:34. Paris caught up near the end of the period at 16:13 and 18:03 and Stoody (MacDonald, Wood) squeezed past the netminder with 35 seconds left.

From there, penalties crippled the Jacks, who couldn’t stay out of the sin bin (26 minutes out of a total 32) through the next two periods, allowing the opposition work their magic for three more goals: at 1:24, 13:55 and 19:04.

Paris has run like a well-oiled machine all season, compiling a record of 24-5-1 for 49 points. Wellesley, meanwhile, has been cruising in the middle of the pack, their record of 16-12-2 good for 34 points.

Somewhere during the third period the Jacks got a second wind, giving as good as they got and outshooting the Mounties for the first time in the game, 14-7, though shots were 44-30 on the night.

The Jacks didn’t make it easy but Paris managed to get another past netminder Josh Heer, who finished the game with 32 saves, for a final time at 15:14. Reid Denstedt (Cal Jefferies, Brayden Bruce) had the cold comfort of the game’s final goal at 17:08 to make it 6-4.

Taking the penalties in stride, Way said his team is in good shape in this new year.

“I though we had a really good jump. We took off: up 2-0 out of the gate, the kids were playing well. They are a very good team when they have the man advantage.”

In Norwich Friday night to play the Merchants, the Jacks return to the Wellesley arena Saturday night versus the Ayr Centennials. The puck drops at 7:30 p.m.

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