The Wellesley Applejacks got back on track with a win over the Mounties in Paris on Saturday night, making up for a pair of losses the previous weekend.
The light schedule meant there was no gaining ground, however, as the Jacks remain in second place in the Provincial Junior Hockey League’s South Doherty Division standings. The Applejacks (15-4-1-4) are three points behind the first-place Tavistock Braves (18-3-1-1), and just ahead of the Ayr Centennials (15-7-0-1).
The 4-1 win in Paris on December 7 was all about special teams, as the Jacks scored twice on the power play, once shorthanded and ended with an empty-netter. The Mounties’ lone goal came while they had a man advantage.
Zachary Lyons got things going while Wellesley was killing a penalty, burying one at the seven-minute mark, with Zach Ribeiro picking up an assist. James Ranson (Danny Ranson, Ribeiro) followed up on a power play at 9:39 to make it 2-0 after the first period.
The only scoring in the middle frame was done by the home team, a power-play goal at 6:22. The period was more notable as the busiest for the officials, as play got a little testy at times. But at 2-1, that was as close as things would get.
It was all Wellesley after that, with D. Ranson taking advantage of a power play at 2:18. Assists went to Daniel McCutcheon and Ribeiro. Despite being down by two, Paris was not ready to concede anything, pushing the play and outshooting the visitors 11-8 through the final 20 minutes, with the overall tally 28-26 in Wellesley’s favour.
In the dying minutes of the frame, the Mounties pulled their goalie, Justin Herrgott, for an extra attacker. This strategy backfired, making the empty net easy pickings for team captain Shaun Pickering (Justin McCombs) at 18:11. That rounded off a 4-1 victory for the Applejacks.
There’s another low-key weekend ahead for the Jacks, who play just one match, welcoming the Burford Bulldogs (4-19-1-1) to the Wellesley barn on Saturday night. Game time is 8 p.m.