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Milverton 4 Wheel Drives | Jan 03, 2024 | Jim Yost | 1163 views
                   The Milverton Four Wheel Drives continued their current  homestand  with a visit from the Minto 81’s . The team looked to be rested and eager for some top notch hockey action. Hopefully, the jolly man in the red suit treated the players well and that the spirit(s) of the season wouldn’t have any lingering effects. Time would tell ....

     The two teams last met in Palmerston in October with the Drives on the losing end of an 8-6 score . Both teams are evenly matched , however Minto has the better season record and with the Drives playing sound hockey in recent times this contest would prove to be an exciting and fast square off. Minto would score first at the six minute mark of the first frame and this would stay for the remainder of the period. Both teams appeared to be suffering from the after effects of a joyous holiday season as the usual intensity and vocal performances were glaringly absent on this day. Two more quick scores would give the visitors a 3-0 lead and the situation was looking rather bleak for the black and gold. Tim Bester played valiantly to keep the score at a manageable level for the hometown squad until Erik VanderEyk was able to pot his second of the year to narrow the Minto lead. Quipp and Erb would pick up the assists. The visitors would reply quickly to take a three goal lead again . Dennis Dewar would get the Drives within two goals again with Curtis Rawn and Jeff Fritzley gathering helpers. With the contest turning into a shootout the 81’s would score again to go ahead 5-2  at 8:29 . Brendan Schneider would notch his first goal of the year to get the Drives within 2 again . This time the Drives didn’t allow the opposition to score and add to their lead and kept the score to two.

      Third period action was tightly contested as both teams appeared to have shaken off the rust and remedied themselves of the lingering effects of egg nog and turkey. Schneider would pick up his second of the night on a terrific shot from the house with assists going to Dewar and Curtis Rawn . The rest of the game was hotly contested with both teams exchanging scoring chances but no scoring until the 81’s would score to go ahead 6-4 .With 7:41 and lots of hockey left the Drives made a final push to keep their winning ways intact. Liam Buckley would notch his second of the year on a great effort pushing his way  through the crease  to get the Drives within one,  Schneider and Connors helping out on the tally. Setting the scene for a pulse pounding finale was there to be a Christmas miracle in the making with the team fighting back the entire game? Alas with Bester out of the net and Drives with the extra attacker the hometown would fall short on this day by 6-5 defeat.

     Drives hit the road as they travel to Cforth next Saturday ..Drives next home game is Sunday Jan 14 against the Erin  Outlaws . Mark your calendar for the Drives Alumni Game Jan 20. Forty five and under faceoff at 4:30 , 45 and over at 5:30 . Drives and Tavi face off at 7 pm . Don’t miss your opportunity to witness some of the best in Drive hockey nostalgia !!

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The Drives would like to thank Village Pharmacy Milverton for their continued support during the 2022/23 season! Village is one of our Copper sponsors!
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