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Milverton 4 Wheel Drives | Dec 20, 2023 | Jim Yost | 416 views
4 points for christmas
The Four Wheel Drives continued their extended home stand this past weekend with a Saturday night tilt with the Georgian Bay Apple Kings  and  then followed by a matinee meeting with the arch rival Durham Thundercats  Sunday afternoon. The team has managed to crawl out of the league basement and get within striking distance of the last seed in the AA portion of the league. It was indeed a big weekend for the black and gold and hopefully the spirit of the season would smile upon the hometown heroes .

   The last meeting between the Drives and the Kings of Apples resulted in a high scoring affair with the Kings taking the victory by a 7-5  score .  This had the makings of  the  proverbial  4 point game as Milverton was trying to leapfrog in the standings to get last position in the double A side of the league. I was unavailable for the last game and so this was my first visual of the team’s uniforms. The combination of red and hunter green was quite striking to go along with an  original  team  crest . Apparently  the  home  set  are just as magnificent. First period action resulted  in  neither  team  scoring as both teams were unable to solve the goalkeepers .

      Both teams were playing a fast paced game with a lot of end to end action and plenty of timely saves by both goalkeepers. Riley Kuepfer would eventual solve the King tendy with a tally from Riley Connors and  Coleton Quipp. Team Drive then appeared to experience a momentary lapse of reason as the Apple Kings score three unanswered goals in a three minute time frame. This current series of events left the team behind 3-1 and the situation looked rather bleak. With time running out in the second period, goal scoring phenom Dennis Dewar would shave the visitors lead to a mere one goal .

        With the third period under way and the Kings clinging to a one goal lead one could feel the tension building. The visitors would jump ahead by two at 15:14 to go ahead 4 -2.  With just a little over  11 minutes left the coaching duo of Parker and Chapman summoned the hockey gods and the team dug deep to mount an unbelievable comeback. Dennis Dewar would score on the power play with assists going to Curtis Rawn and Coleton Quipp.  Jeff Fritzley would bag his tenth goal on terrific top shelf tally that would tie the score at four apiece. Rawn and Mitch Boertien  would get the helpers . The power play was looking dynamite in this game as the Drives had plenty of good looks on their extra man opportunities . With the contest looking to go to overtime  Riley Connors would score with 37 seconds left to give the Drives the lead and eventual victory. Dewar and Brennan Watson would pick up the assists. There would not be much time to savour the win as the team would be facing arch rival Durham in less than 24 hours at the PERC

       The ‘Cats and the Drives squared off a few short weeks ago with Milverton on the losing side of a 5-2 score albeit with an empty netter. Both teams looks evenly matched so this prove to be another nail biter and the game proved not to disappoint. This was great game to watch both teams played hard and not much goal scoring . Chris Corbett scored the lone goal in the first frame when he picked off a pass on the ‘Cats power play at the Drives blue line . Dashing in to the Durham end he would tee up a clapper that blew by the Durham goalie . A huge tally with 8 seconds left on the clock.

 Dennis Dewar would notch his 13 th of the season at 17:49 of the second to go ahead two zip. Assisted by Mitch Boertien and Brendan Schneider. The ‘Cats would narrow the gap at 13:59 only to have Dewar get his second of the night and number 14 on the year answer back and regain the two goal margin .With this goal Dennis is now the all time goal scoring leader on the Drives . The teams would exchange goals with Liam Buckley getting the game winner on a short handed effort . Durham would add another goal with a power play goal with .2 seconds left on the clock. This could have been demoralizing for the squad however third period action was some of the best hockey the team has played this year . Tyler Fassl was magnificent in the net and all the players  bought in and played a great game. With the four point weekend the Drives sit in eighth spot . There is still a lot of work to do however this is a great couple of games to build on. Next game is Sat December 30 against the Minto 81’s.

            Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas as this will be my last scribe until after the jolly bearded man comes bearing joy and happiness

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