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Busy stretch sees Jacks take two out of three

Last weekend was jam packed full of hockey for the Wellesley Applejacks, playing three games in a row.

The Jacks got two wins out of the three, but it wasn’t the result head coach Brad Gerber expected.

On Oct. 28, the boys went up against Tavistock and took the win in overtime, 4-3. On Saturday night, they hosted New Hamburg, notching their second win of the weekend by a score of 7-3. Sunday night wasn’t as successful, with the Jacks falling 6-1 to the Norwich Merchants on home ice. Gerber says this weekend was a bit of an anomaly for the team.

“We were happy to win two out of three, but over the weekend, there were times that we didn’t play so well, but we won, and then there were the games that we should have gotten better results, and we lost. Hockey is a weird game for sure,” he said.

In Tavistock on Friday night, after a scoreless first period, Alex Uttley got the Jacks on the board just under five minutes into the second. Tavistock tied it up with a marker from Josh Borys 10 minutes later. Jordon Hoekstra started scoring in the third, unassisted before Tavistock took the lead with two in a row, the first from Austin Kovrig and the second from Tayler Traschel. With less than a minute left, Nick Mercier tied it up and team captain Cal Jefferies, from Mercier and Hoekstra clinched the win with a goal just 1:18 into overtime.

Saturday night, back on home ice, the Jacks stayed ahead with seven goals from seven players. The Firebirds started scoring with a goal from Walker Davison, but it was quickly followed by a marker from Jefferies. Wellesley took the lead just a few seconds later from Brady Gerber.

Tyler Randerson scored for New Hamburg in the second, with Jacks’ Jake Wilkinson scoring on the powerplay not too long after. The Firebirds tried to stage a comeback with a marker from Dalton Smith on the powerplay, but it wasn’t enough. Lucas Spence, Seamus Mooney, Shaun Pickering and Spencer Brick closing out scoring for a final tally of 7-3.

It was one of the best games Wellesley has played this season, said coach Gerber.

“We talked before the puck drop about playing 20 minutes at a time and making sure that we are getting that 60-minute game,” he said. “ We had energy all night. We talked about the little things, and it just goes to show that when we do what we talk about, we are a pretty good team.”

On Sunday night, Wellesley faced off against Norwich, falling 6-1. The lone Applejacks goal came from Hoekstra on the powerplay, helped in by Greg Huber and Uttley.

Gerber says the score didn’t reflect the team’s effort.

“We came out with the same energy as we had on Saturday night and I thought we had a really good start. Their goalie was really good, though,” he said. “He made some great saves. I thought we could have had some goals earlier in the game that would have changed things, we had a lot of chances. We had lots of energy with no finish.”

The guys get a break this coming weekend with only one game against Woodstock on Saturday night. Gerber says he wants to see more of what he saw at the end of last weekend.

“I think we will just be working on cutting down the other team’s shots, being better in our own end and just be ready to play. That is important against all these teams. You have to play a solid game,” he said.

The puck drops against the Woodstock Navy Vets at 7:30 p.m. at the Wellesley arena.

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