Four And Counting For Aces

(WINDSOR, ON) – As inconceivable as it may have seemed at one time, the Windsor Aces are on a 4-game winning streak after a very offensively productive weekend. The Aces disposed of the Toronto Predators and blasted the London Lakers twice to extend their unbeaten run to four straight.

On Friday, Windsor headed up Highway 401 to meet the Preds at Canlan Ice Sports in North York. The came away with a well earned 6-2 win and 2 very needed points.

Toronto opened the scoring in the 1st period, but two goals by James Brooks and one from Patrick Cuffaro left the Aces up 3-1 at the end of 20 minutes. Brooks completed the hat trick at 8:23 of the 2nd period while Alec Segers made it 5-1 before the frame ended.

Cuffaro traded goals with Toronto’s Denzel Janes in the 3rd to close out the game’s scoring.

Radu Alexe-Padina was tested 40 times in the Toronto goal as Ilya Kachko turned aside 33 shots for the Windsor victory.

The Aces didn’t have much time to savour the win as they made their way home by first stopping in London to face the Lakers. A wild 1st period saw the teams skate to a 3-3 score as Layne Gouin scored before the game was 2 minutes old. Kristers Bormanis made it 3-1 with two for Windsor, but two London tallies evened things out before the clock ran down.

The Aces then went to work in the 2nd period as they found the back of the net behind Graeme Gemmill nine times. Bormanis found his third of the night just 14 seconds into the frame and was followed by Jan Novak, Segers, Milos Nikolic, Vuk Zotovic, Mark Gangnon, Bjorn Wilts, and Gouin. During the onslaught, Bormanis had time to notch a 4th goal as well.

The Aces let their foot off the gas in the 3rd period as the constant thorn all season, Eisai Arai, potted three straight London goals on Alex Jones. Bormanis returned the favour by firing home two more goals for the double hat trick and a 14-7 doubling over the Lakers.

Jones faced 30 shots from London for the win. At the other end of the rink  Gemmill rode out the Windsor attack to the tune of 50 shots on goal.

Windsor began their 3rd game in three nights by out shooting London 28-6 in the 1st period at Adie Knox Arena. For their effort they were rewarded with a 3-0 lead on goals from Brooks, Nikolic, and Gangnon.

Brooks, Bormanis, and Segers (2) took care of all the scoring in the 2nd period as the Aces tripled London’s shot output of 8. In the closing frame, the shots evened out at a 12-10 edge for Windsor, but the goals kept going in.

Bormanis and Cale Phibbs made it 9-0 for Windsor by the halfway point. Then Segers registered Windsor’s fourth hat trick of the weekend followed by another from Gangnon to add insult to injury at 19:03.

Jones set aside all 24 London attempts while, for the 2nd straight night, Gemmill took a pounding, this time allowing 11 goals on 63 shots.

The 6 points rocketed Windsor into the rarified air of 7th place in the South Division. The wins allowed the Aces to leapfrog both Tottenham and Oshawa in the standings, leaving them 12 points behind Northumberland.

Baring a complete let down, Windsor (10-19)  faces the possibility of extending their winning streak to 5 games as the will meet Tillsonburg (7-19) at home on January 6. Don’t miss the puck drop on history at 7:30pm.

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