Stallions win Friday; Lose Saturday

by David Lang

The Essa Stallion's played two very different brands of hockey this weekend, which resulted in them winning on Friday night, and losing on Saturday night.

Friday night saw The Herd take the show on the road to Scarborough, ON to take on the Wexford Raiders. In what was a tale of two halves, and after a slow start, Essa rallied together in the 2nd half of the game, to down Wexford 13-4. 

A slow start in the first period, only had Essa up 3-2. The 2nd period wasn't all that much better, despite the score being 6-3 after 2 periods. During the intermission, Head Coach Sylvain Cloutier changed things up; top to bottom in the lineup. It seemed to have paid off. The Herd erupted for 7 goals in the final frame, and surrendered only 1, as they cruised to victory. "I'm not sure what got into us, but we seemed to have figured it out. Langer (GM & Assistant Coach David Lang) and I installed a new PP this week during practice. I think we got 5 or 6 PP goals tonight. That's a bright spot for us. Guys buying into what we're teaching them is a big step towards success. I hope this continues going forward as we head down the stretch" added Cloutier.

Highlights from the game:

D Samuel Muir got his first Junior hockey goal

G Kyle Fritz made his Essa debut. Making 17 saves.

Stallions top 5 points leaders for the night:

19 Tim Holmstrom 1 G 4 A

21 Alex Wahlstrom  2 G 3 A

17 Dylan Beattie     1 G 3 A

70 Daniel Spannar  3 G 1 A

55 Jerry Pan         3 A

Saturday night saw the Stallions welcome to league leading Markdale Hawks to "The Barn" for a showdown between the leagues top two teams. Unfortunately for "The Herd", This turned out to be rather one sided both on the scoreboard, and in the penalty box.

After a rather sluggish 1st period, Essa was outshot 18-7. This would mark to be the first time in a little over a year and a half that this would occur. Goaltender Ethan James was in a zone. Sadly, the sluggish start would continue into the 2nd period, where some lack of compete and mistakes would lead to a 2-0 2nd period in favor of Markdale. Despite 2 goals in the 3rd for Stallions forwards Parker Stewart and Tim Holmstrom, and a 48 save performance for Ethan James, it would prove not to be enough, as they would fall 4-2. Former Stallions F Daniel Bureau had two goals for the Hawks, to go along with goals from Marek Vaculik and Roman Kizlo.

"We weren't nearly good enough tonight. Compete level was low from everyone but two or three guys. E (Ethan James) was really good when we needed him to be and our lack of defense proved to be the difference" said GM and Assistant Coach David Lang. "We've been notorious for slow starts this when you combine that with poor defensive play, that doesn't usually lead to a recipe for success. We're working on things, and will continue to do so. We need all the parties involved from top to bottom in this organization buy into what Clouts and I are doing here" Lang said. "We're blessed with a lot of talent here. But hardwork over time, will out do talent. We need to work harder. Want it more. Compete. Just give a s*** about eachother." Lang added.

The Stallions will move forward this week with practices, as they prepare for the final week of games before the leagues trade deadline. Saturday night, will see Essa host the Seaforth Generals. Stay up to date with Twitter and Facebook as the deadline approaches!

Let's Go Stallions!

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