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Weekend serves up a pair of losses to Wellesley Applejacks

Wellesley Applejacks

Matched against the top teams in the league, the Wellesley Applejacks found themselves down and out twice this weekend as they dropped both games.

In Ayr on Thursday, the Jacks only managed one goal against the Centennials. Alex Uttley scored for Wellesley on a power play in the second period, assisted by Shaun Pickering and Nick Mercier. Ayr had a much better night of it, however, winning 8-1.

Ayr goals came from Quinn Diamond and Matt Patton in the first, Zachary Masterson twice and Hudson Michaelis in the second, and Masterson, Riley Clipper and Mitch Klie in the third. Centennials picking up assists were Noah Monteiro, Michaelis, John Nay, Cole Cummings, Eric Uba (2), Klie (2), Connor MacLean, Cash Seraphim, Mackenzie Kemp, Rob Grant, Zach Edwards and Masterson.

The Jacks spent 22 minutes shorthanded on seven penalties. Goalie Ryan Hergott saved 34 of 42 shots. Ayr goalie Jackson Swindells stopped 27 of 28 shots on net.

Head coach Brad Gerber said probably only three or four Jacks gave 100 per cent that game.

“Thursday night we had just way too many passengers. We didn’t have enough guys competing. We didn’t show up to play the game and it was very disappointing as far as the coaching staff and I think even for the guys,” Gerber said.

He said they’re in a bit of a lull right now, like every team goes through at some point in the season. The key will be to work through it quickly.

“Even the games we’ve won in say the last two, three weeks, they’re sloppy. There’s a lot of mental mistakes right now. It’s all about being focused and ready to play every night,” Gerber said.

Ayr recently re-signed Cash Seraphim, formerly from the Elmira Sugar Kings. He played for Ayr last season. They also recently acquired Waterloo Siskins captain Luke Gazzola and Junior A player Hudson Michaelis. With a team stacked with players experienced at playing one and two levels above Junior C, it’s not going to be an easy road ahead for the rest of the league.

“It’s pretty hard to compete against that when we can’t attract players to Wellesley the way they can attract players to Ayr,” Gerber said.

That’s not to say the Jacks aren’t also working on their own roster moves, though.

“I’m not going to say we can’t beat them, but they just got a lot tougher. It’s going to be hard,” Gerber said.

On Saturday night in Paris, the Jacks came closer to coming out with a win, but weren’t able to overcome the Merchants, finishing on the wrong side of a 6-5 decision.

Spencer Brick put Wellesley on the board early in the first, assisted by Mercier and Uttley. Joel Penticost returned the favour for Paris, unassisted to finish the period 1-1.

A power play opportunity proved fruitful for Lucas Spence in the second, giving Wellesley the lead again. Jordan Hoekstra was the helper. Two goals from Paris’ Ethan Hebel (Penticost) and Rickard Brooks (Griffin Heitshu, Brett Wilson) gave Paris the lead heading into the third, despite a Wellesley power play goal from Hoekstra (Shaun Pickering, Spence).

The final frame was filled with back and forth play as Penticost scored his second of the night for Paris, assisted by Wilson.

Uttley tied the game for the Jacks, with help from Hoekstra and Spence while Paris was shorthanded with Davis McLean out for slashing.

Paris’ Mikael Ruffini (Richard Brooks, Heitshu) and Wilson (Cripps) scored twice in the last two minutes of play, the second coming as Wellesley pulled goalie Ryan Porter to add an attacker. Greg Huber put the puck in Paris’ net with 12 seconds to go, assisted by Nathan Schlupp and Nick Palmer, but there wasn’t enough time to even the score and take the game into overtime.

Both teams found themselves out on penalties for much of the game. Wellesley accumulated 54 minutes on 15 infractions to Paris’ 48 minutes for 16 infractions.

Gerber and the rest of the coaching staff were much happier with the team’s level of play.

“Paris obviously is a good team as well. They’re ahead of us in the standings for second place. We went into that game thinking it was a four-point game, which it was and the guys responded. We had a complete effort. The guys battled. It’s one of those things again when you’re in these little slumps, the puck doesn’t want to go in for you and it kind of bounces for the other team it seems,” Gerber said.

Despite the lackluster weekend, he says they’re looking forward to this weekend and more home games on the horizon.

The Jacks are in New Hamburg on Dec. 9 for an 8:30 p.m. game against the Firebirds. They’re back home at the Wellesley arena for a 2 p.m. start against the Tavistock Braves on Dec. 11.

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