The Wellesley Applejacks had a strong showing last weekend, winning a pair of games, the first seeing the team post two converted touchdowns.
Things got rolling Friday night in Delhi as the Jacks were anything but welcome visitors in a 14-1 rout of the still-winless Travellers. It was a much closer contest the following night back in Wellesley as the home side eventually emerged victorious 3-1 over the Norwich Merchants.
“We had a good weekend. Norwich played us really tough, though,” said club president Terry Brick. “I thought our goalie, Duncan Rolleman, did really well.”
Despite the wins, however, the Jacks remain in third spot in the PJHL’s South Doherty Division, their 22 points (9-1-1-3) trailing Tavistock (12-1) and Woodstock (11-4).
The Applejacks have almost their full lineup back, after missing players for the past several games.
“[Kailem] Chappelle is considered our number-one goalie and he’s hurt. He’s not supposed to be out long,” said Brick. “Duncan played Friday and Saturday, and it worked really well.”
As for this past weekend, the Applejacks kicked things off against Delhi, a team that has struggled so far this season, still looking for their first win after 13 games.
“Good for the [Travellers] to keep their spirits up like that, but wow,” said Brick. “I was told that the [Applejacks] weren’t even trying.
Zachary Lyons (Danny Ranson, Troy Vandenbussche) drew first blood at 8:59, then Gianofranco Commisso kept the momentum going at 11:23. Warren Gorman and Keegan Saunders picked up the assists. Gorman (Austin Cousineau, Carson Wickie) followed up with a goal of his own at 12:27. Delhi managed their lone marker of the match shortly afterward at 12:46.
Ranson responded at 14:37, with the assists going to Zach Ribeiro and Lyons. Cousineau managed to pot one at 17:22, followed by the last goal of the period courtesy of Eric Vander Eyk (James Ranson, Brendan Baker.
It was 6-1 after the first 20 minutes, the game essentially over, but there was still no end in sight for Delhi’s pain.
The second and third stanzas had a similar tone: scoring frenzies by the Applejacks.
Koby Seiling kicked things off at 4:25, with Baker and Connor Bradley picking up the assists. Lyons (Ribeiro, D. Ranson) potted another at 10:12. Baker (Bradley, Vander Eyk) scored at 12:57, and Gorman wrapped up this frame at 14:42, taking advantage of a power play. Assists went to Wickie and Vandenbussche on route to a 10-1 lead after two.
The third was a repeat of the third, with the visitors putting up four more goals. Cousineau (Gorman, Matt Caskanette) got things rolling at 10:29. It was Cousineau once again at 14:24. Vander Eyk and Vanden Bussche picked up the assists. Lyons managed an unassisted marker at 16:47, then Baker (Bradley, Vandenbussche) potted the final goal at 18:22 to make it 14-1, allowing the Travellers to call it a night.
The shot count was equally lopsided at 62-16 in Wellesley’s favour.
Perhaps tired by all the trips to the net the previous night, the Jacks saw a much tighter game against the Norwich Merchants, who bested Wellesley in overtime during their last meeting.
“They played us hard and it was a close game the whole way,” said Brick. “It’s good for the fans … a little harder when you’re sitting there thinking ‘We’re supposed to beat these guys.’ It didn’t look like it was happening for quite a while. “
It was Norwich who got on the board first, late into the frame at 14:32. Wickie (Ribeiro, D. Ranson) responded quickly, however, evening the score at 15:22. The game was knotted at 1-1, and would remain that way into the third period.
It was Wickie (Owen Lane, Warren Gorman) who broke the deadlock at 4:26 of the final frame. Ribeiro followed up on a power play at 7:19, with Wickie and D. Ranson picking up the assists. The rest of the period remained scoreless as the Jacks got to celebrate the 3-1 win.
Unlike the previous night, the shot clock was a little more balanced, 41-37 in favour of the victors.
The Applejacks look to keep the winning streak going during a pair of weekend games at home. They will host the Burford Bulldogs on Friday at 8 p.m., then take on the division-leading Tavistock Braves in a 2 p.m. matinee on Sunday.