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