June 4 – Game two of the Saints road trip to the Far East took the boys to Kahnawake to play the Hunters. Newmarket came in with a short bench due to some injuries and only had 13 runners. Dylan Munro started for the Saints, while the Hunters countered with Patrick Pollock.
Scoring was not a problem in the first period as the two sides combined for 13 goals. Kahnawake took the early lead, before Josh Connors answered on the power play. The Hunters got two more and then Brodie Willard scored on a deflection on another power play. That set the stage for a furious finish in the last three minutes of the period. The Hunters added four more, while Saints rookie Dougie Crawford put home three of his own, including one with a second left on the clock. The first ended with the Hunters up 8-5.
The second opened up promising with Crawford scoring his fourth of the game on the power play. But then the Hunters ramped it up and the fatigue began to set in for the Saints. Kahnawake scored seven unanswered goals over an eight-minute span to take a stranglehold on the scoreboard. Luca Romano got one back for the Saints, which the Hunters matched with only 17 seconds left. 16-7 was the score heading into the intermission.
The final frame was the least eventful scoring wise, bookended by Crawford’s fifth of the game and a pair from Dante Romano. In between, the Hunters scored four more times.
“Short-staffed and banged up, our group competed start to finish.” said Saints Head Coach, Dan Ransom Sr. “It was a team building weekend and we're excited to move forward. ”
Final score: Hunters 20 – Saints 10.
Up next – the Saints continue their push for the playoffs on Thursday against the Brampton Excelsiors. Game time is set for 8PM at Ray Twinney Recreation Complex.