Stronger Play Marks Aces Latest Stretch

(COLBORNE, ON) – After dropping two games to start the past weekend, the Windsor Aces rebounded with a big win last night on the road. They can’t rest on their laurels, however, as the team takes to the ice tonight away against the Bradford Bulls for their 4th game in 5 days.

Windsor kicked off this section of the schedule on Saturday with a 6-2 loss to the 3rd place Niagara Whalers. Alec Segers and James Brooks kept the Aces in the game as the teams skated to a 2-2 tie after 40 minutes. However, the Whalers broke it open with 4 unanswered goals in the 3rd frame to earn the win on the road. Ilya Kachko faced 46 shots in the loss to drop his record to 1-2 on the season.

Two nights later, Windsor took to the road to meet the River Kings in Oshawa on December 4. Despite out-shooting the home side, the Aces were handed a 4-3 loss for their troubles.

Yaroslav Blokhin’s marker at 12:47 of the 2nd period got Windsor on the score sheet and cut the Oshawa lead to 2-1. But, for the second time in two games, the 3rd period was the undoing for Windsor.

Two quick Oshawa goals in the first minute seal Windsor’s fate despite Segers and Kristers Bormanis netting power play and short handed markers, respectively. It was a matter of too little too late as the River Kings barred the door for the remaining 7 minutes. Kachko was credited with the loss, this facing 25 shots.

Finally, the Aces excursion took them to Colborne on the banks of Lake Ontario where the Northumberland Stars were laying in wait. The Stars had scored 33 goals in their previous 4 games, so all eyes were on the red light behind Kachko.

However, the Aces hit the Stars will a flurry of uppercuts as they eased out in front 6-0 after the opening 20 minutes. Brooks fired a hat trick to stake the Aces to a comfortable lead along with singles from Cale Allen, Mark Gangnon, and Bormanis.

Windsor continued the pressure in the 2nd period as Gangnon completed his hat trick and a 8-1 margin entering the 3rd period. Two more goals, this time from Bormanis and Segers, completed the scoring and earned Windsor a victory and 2 points in the standings. Kachko (2-4) stopped 47-of-51 shots to change his fortunes.

The Aces (6-18-0-0) are now tied at 12 points with Tillsonburg in 9th place in the GMHL South Division. They can pull within 1 point of the 8th place River Kings with a favourable result tonight in Bradford. The Bulls are currently 17-7-0-0 in 5th spot. In their last meeting on October 21 the Aces dropped a 5-1 decision at Adie Knox Arena.

On December 9 the Aces return home for a meeting with the 1st place Kingsville Kings. The puck drops at 7:30pm.


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