Jousting match with the Lancers, News (Milverton Drives Hockey)

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Milverton 4 Wheel Drives | Dec 11, 2023 | Jim Yost | 1103 views
Jousting match with the Lancers
With the season slipping into the back nine of the season the Four Wheel Drives were looking for a pick me up after a rough pair game of games last weekend. With the Lancers coming to the PERC on Saturday perhaps a great jousting match would be in the offing with both teams attempting to crawl their way out of the league basement.

   With the Milverton Santa Claus parade on Friday evening and team Four Wheel Drive willing participants in the festivities there was a  good likelihood that perhaps the team would find themselves a wee bit slow out of the gate come game time.  However , being  great community minded souls that the players are they handed out candy at the parade and came to play hockey the following evening. There was a small blemish , however as Lucknow would score the first goal to go ahead 1-0 in the first five minutes of the game . The Drives would answer back a minute later on a goal from Mitch Boertien with his 9th of the year with Jeff Fritzley assisting. Milverton would quickly add another marker with newcomer Erik Vander Eyk potting his first goal to make the score 2-1.Assists going to Chris Corbett and Ryan Ropp.  Ethan Bradley would jump the score to 3 to 1 with his first of the year with helpers from Vander Eyk and Reese Stanley.

    There was no scoring from either team in the second period. Team black and gold were fortunate not to get scored on  as the team was kept occupied extinguishing power play opportunities  given to the Lucknow squad with ill timed infractions that has been the scourge of the team this year.  If the squad hopes to climb the standings these ill conceived actions need to stop . From my vantage point one cannot be a contributing member of the team occupying time in the penalty box.

     With the third period under way and with the Lancers on the power play the visitors would be given the chance to narrow the gap. The visitors took advantage of their opportunity and scored to get within a goal of the hometowners. That would be it for the Lancers for the evening as the Dennis Dewar show hit the floor for the night .  Dewar would notch his 8th,9th and 10th goals of the year  to take over the team lead in goals and tie him with Boertien for total points.  Riley Kuepfer added his third of the year. Vinnie Vitelli had three assists, Derek Erb and Coleton Quipp with two each

      The win propelled the Drives out of the basement and within two points of the AA side and with seven games remaining the squad has a big challenge in front of them. But with great goaltending, smart hockey and a disciplined effort they will achieve what they have set out to do.

          Happy Birthdays         Ernie Hudson ( Ghostbusters 78)

                                          Stone Steve Austin ( wrestler 59)

                                          Christine Agulilera  ( singer  43)

                                          Jeff Leblanc  ( retired Perth East fireman/ current Raider power forward  48)

              Just a reminder....” For every mile of road there is two miles of ditch”

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