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Jacks split a pair to end the preseason

The Applejacks’ Austin Cousineau takes a faceoff during Saturday’s game against the Patriots, played at the WMC in Elmira. While he scored two goals this game, the victory went to Mount Forest. [Veronica Reiner / The Observer]

It was a middling sort of weekend for the Wellesley Applejacks, who wrapped up their final two games of the preseason with a win and a loss.

The Jacks fell 5-2 to the Mount Forest Patriots on Saturday  before taking out their frustration the following day against the Dorchester Dolphins, emerging victorious by a final score of 5-3.

The Patriots drew first blood during Saturday’s game, taking advantage of a power play at 9:09. While there was no more scoring during the first period, there were plenty of penalties doled out on both sides.

Wellesley needed just eight seconds to make it a 1-1 game as play resumed in the second period, with the goal going to Austin Cousineau, assisted by Connor Bradley and Ian Wark. The tie didn’t last long, however, as Mount Forest restored the lead at 1:12. The Jacks were quick with a reply of their own, as Cousineau (Gianfranco Commisso, Kailem Chappelle)  scored on a power play at 4:59.

After a flurry to start the middle frame, the pace slowed down a bit. It was Mount Forest that would break the deadlock, taking advantage of a power play to pot one at 10:17 and heading into the second intermission with a 3-2 lead.

It was all Mount Forest after that, with the Patriots scoring another goal at the exact timestamp as the last goal at 10:17 and then scoring shorthanded at 13:19 to seal a 5-2 win.

With the Jacks eager to redeem themselves, Sunday’s game against the Dolphin’s saw Wellesley’s Zac Lyons get his team on the board just 56 seconds in. The assists went to Carson Wickie and Zach Ribeiro. The Dolphins responded late at 17:35, evening things out at one apiece.

It was all Wellesley in the second period, however, with James Ranson (Lyons, Ribeiro) setting the tone at 0:51, followed by Shaun Pickering at 5:49, Ranson and Cousineau picking up assists. Ribeiro (Lyons, Wickie) potted another at 15:42, and Lyons (Ranson, Ribeiro) wrapped up the scoring frenzy by taking advantage of a power play at 17:32. It was 5-1 after 40 minutes.

The Dolphins mounted something of a comeback in the third, scoring twice to pull within two, but the effort fell short. It was a ‘W’ for the Jacks.

With the preseason now behind them, the Applejacks will now begin their official Provincial Junior Hockey League season this weekend, when the scores start to count.

As usual, the team is on the road to start off with, awaiting the start of the ice season in the hometown barn.

“We always have to wait for Apple Butter and Cheese Festival to finish before home games start,” explained club president Terry Brick. “So the season starts, the first 5-10 games are away.”

The season-opener isn’t too far afield, as the Jacks are in Tavistock Saturday to face the Braves before travelling to Burford on Sunday to take on the Bulldogs. Their first home game will be October 5 against the New Hamburg Firebirds.

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