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Milverton 4 Wheel Drives | Oct 31, 2023 | Jim Yost | 477 views
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The Drives hit the road again last weekend as the team had back to back games Friday and Saturday night.  The team has gotten out of the gate a wee bit slow this year with with some great efforts  but coming up short in the first five games . The Drives played in Palmerston on Friday night and on Saturday made the trek to Creemore on Saturday evening

The Drives started the weekend activities with a Friday night meeting in Palmerston against the ‘81’s . (named after the famous steam locomotive, Old ’81,  that now resides in downtown Palmerston) .  Both teams maintained a fast and furious pace in the first period. The Drives would go the first intermission with a 3-1 deficit , homeboy Mitch Boertien was the only goal scorer for the Drives in the first period with assist going to Curtis Rawn.

    The second period opened up as both teams found the answer to scoring goals . Dennis Dewar would score unassisted and make the score 3-2. Shortly thereafter, the Minto squad would score two more quick goals and take the lead 5-2. Newcomer Kody Langlois would tally a goal on a terrific shot from inside the blueline that would shave the score to 5-3. Chadwick Schwartzentruber and Tyle Fassl would draw helpers. Minto would have to rain on the parade and score again to make things 6-3. However, not to despair the Drives would answer back with 2 goals from Jeff  Fritzley and Dennis ( I score like it’s my job) Dewar to narrow the gap to 6-5 . Chadwick would pick up his second helper while Reese Stanley assisted on Dewar’s snipe.

    Jumping to the third frame and down a goal the Drives played some spirited hockey. Minto would take a two goal lead at 16 minute mark and this would stand until 5:35 when Fritzley would tally his second goal on an assist from Coleton Quipp. With the score sitting at 7 -6 and Fassl out of the net for an extra skater the Drives would valiantly attempt to tie the contest, but alas it wasn’t meant to be as the ‘81’s would sink an empty netter and dash the hopes of the Drives comeback.


  Saturday night the Four Wheel Drives hit the road for Simcoe County , destination Creemore . Home of the Creemore Brewery and the senior men’s Creemore Coyotes . I personally never been to Creemore but a very quaint village indeed. A daytime visit will be warranted in the future . Destiny was not in play for the Drives this evening as the ‘Yotes struck early on a shorthanded , off the face off goal to lead 1-0. The home team would add to the score to make it 2-0 to end the the first period.  The Drives would score once in the second period  on a goal by Dennis Dewar  aided by Chadwick Schwartzentruber and Chris Corbett. Creemore would add two more tallies to make it a 4-1 score. Perhaps it was the cozy confines of the Creemore and District Rec Centre or the long bus ride but the Drives didn’t have their mojo happening , as the Coyotes would end with a 6-2 victory . Chris Corbett would add the lone tally Milvey tally in the third frame with assists going to Corbett and Rawn.

Drives next game is this Saturday when the teams heads north again to Thornbury to face off against the Georgian Bay Apple Kings .

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