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...AURORA AND ORILLIA SHOWCASE MINOR HOCKEY IN GAME 3...
Orillia, ON, February 25, 2004
Putting aside the bitterness that developed in the penalty marred Game 2, the Orillia Terriers and Aurora Tigers came out and focused squarely on hockey, producing one of the finest games of the season, showcasing the high quality of both teams. The Terriers would prevail in the contest, 3-2, after a late third period goal and win the OMHA Quarter Final series against the Tigers, 3-0, but it was not easy for the talented Orillia squad in the highly entertaining game that featured a little of everything.
Aurora came into the game severely shorthanded, missing five players, but were bolstered by the inclusion of AP's Tyler Fyfe,Keon Karamchi and Brett McCarthy. Orillia would open the scoring on a power-play after some fine work by d'man Bryan Black, #13, kept the puck in the Tiger zone for a cross ice feed and a 1-0 Terrier lead. Orillia would push the advantage to 2-0 after yet another power play goal by Matthew Brown, who tapped in a rebound from 8 feet. The Tigers however, would not lay down when it could have been easy to do so, and responded. On their own power-play Mike Parkhill's spinarama slapshot caught the low corner from 30 feet after Corey Berube's all out effort caused havoc in front of the Terrier net, and the puck popped out to Parkhill, who made no mistake on the highlight reel goal. With the action now at a tremendous level, it was Orillia' s turn to reply, but Zach Timbers , was equal to all challenges in the Tiger cage, and was outstanding on the evening, holding Aurora in, especially in the first period when Orillia could have put the game away.
The second continued, and Aurora would finally even the affair when Sean Fodey, re-directed a lovely Brent Gallaugher feed after Peter McNeill, forced to play defense on the evening, kept the puck in and fed Gallaugher down low. Timbers would make one more big save in the period, when he slid across to rob Matthew Salmon, stellar on this night for the Terriers, and the teams headed to intermission tied at two's.
The high tempo action continued in the third with Aurora fighting for their playoff lives, and they carried the play to Orillia for long stretches, as both teams were starting to tire with the high paced flow of the game. The Tigers had two strong chances to pull ahead, but both plays were snuffed out by great plays by Tony Brown, who along with Black was the pillar on the Terrier defense. Now on the power-play with under four minutes remaining in regulation, the Tigers looked like they might pull ahead, with numerous chances, but an unfortunate turn-over in the neutral zone turned into the winner for the Terriers when a fine play in front of Timbers resulted in the end of the Tiger season. Aurora tried in vain to equalize, and had some opportunities, but Coach Borelli went with his strength in the final two minutes to keep the Tigers at bay, providing Tiger coach Daly no opportunity to get Timbers on the bench until precious few seconds remained, in favor of the extra attacker. The game ended and with it Tiger dreams of advancing to the semi-finals.
Aurora, through their disappointment, held their heads high after the game and a hugely successful season, and were first to congratulate the Terriers on their fine play and wished them the best of success in keeping the OMHA title in the York Simcoe League. Despite their, at times, bitter rivalry, the post series handshakes were a testament to, although not easily admitted, the respect both teams had for each other. Peter McNeill and Bryan Black had a small little war in the series, but Bryan admitted that it was a pleasure to play against Peter and smiles went all around post game between the two players, as both did what was necessary for their respective teams. The scene was repeated for many others from both sides and the series will be remembered for this Game 3 that was worth the price of admission, no matter the cost.


...UNDERMANNED TIGERS BOW TO TERRIERS IN GAME 2...
Aurora, February 20, 2004
With the Orillia Terriers looking to run the score up up on the undermanned Tigers, who suffered three head related injuries in the game, and were left with four on the bench in the third period, Aurora fell behind in the OMHA Quarter Final two games to none after Orillia's 7-1 win.
After a close first period, Orillia broke open the game with four goals in the second as Tigers were falling by wayside quickly and often in the penalty filled game. First Mike Bentley, then Robbie Juffs went down with head blows, and in the third Tiger netminder Adam Jakovina was run and he was forced to leave the game with a head injury. In between Matt Kerr was removed and Peter McNeill shortly after leaving the Tigers with precious few bodies. Taking full advantage, Orillia was determined to run the score on the Tigers in the final minutes and the game became a further constant parade to the penalty box, as the officials did a good job in preventing the game from getting more out of control than it was.
Corey Berube had the lone goal for Aurora, who were down Captain Patrick Bowie to start the game with an injury, and the news got worse for Aurora as the game went on.
Aurora will try to stay alive Tuesday night in Orillia in Game 3.

...TIGER COMEBACK FALLS SHORT IN GAME 1 IN ORILLIA...
Orillia, ON, February 17, 2004
A third period Tiger rally fell just short tonight in Orillia, as Aurora slipped to the Terriers in Game 1 of the OMHA Quarter Final played at the Orillia Community Center. Down 4-1 with just over nine minutes to play, Aurora poured it on offensively, but it was to little to late, as Orillia hung on for a 4-3 win, and the series lead.
The see-saw battle had the teams heading to the second period with a single goal scored after the Terriers had opened the scoring on a power-play for a 1-0 lead, that held up till four minutes in the middle frame. Sean Fodey erased the Orillia lead when he converted a perfect Patrick Bowie feed on a short 2 on 1 for the equalizer, but it would be Auroras only tally in the period.
Despite being tied at 1-1, it was the second period that proved to be Aurora's undoing, when they strayed from their game plan, allowing the Terriers to run their offense from their defenseman, allowing Terrier forwards to close the gap quickly on the forecheck and create chances or hem the Tigers into their own zone. The missed assignments against the speedy Orillia squad proved deadly, as Orillia scored twice. First on a bullet from the top of the circle, then short-handed, after a turn-over at their blueline, and a 3-1 Orillia lead heading to the intermission.
Frustrated by their lack of response to known Orillia tendencies, the Tigers made an adjustment to their play in the third, and results followed. After another power-play goal by the Terriers early in the third, that seemed to put the game out of reach, Aurora continued to stick to their play book, following Coach Daly's instructions from the break, and the tide slowly began to turn. Bowie rifled a slap shot from long range to make it 4-2 and minutes later, Peter McNeill finished off a down low chance to make it 4-3 on a Tiger power-play. With a huge momentum swing, Aurora pressed for the equalizer and overtime. Chances by Corey Berube, Mike Parkhill, Brandon Polsinello and Sean Fodey went for naught as Orillia was hanging on, relieving the Tiger pressure with continuous icings.
After time-outs by both sides, and Tiger keeper Zach Timbers, who was outstanding in the second period to give the Tigers a chance, on the bench, Aurora continued the pressure and came close, not once, but twice in the final minute and a half, but both chances were thwarted by saves by the Orillia keeper. One final face-off with 3 seconds on the clock in the Orillia zone ended the game and a 1-0 series lead for the Terriers.
The Terrier line-up is weighed heavily with 'AAA' players opting for 'A' hockey with Coach Borelli, but the scrappy Tigers will battle Orillia, making them earn whatever they get. With home ice on Friday, and last line change, Aurora will look to get back into the series. The Tigers know that they must play with intensity from the drop of the puck, and not just for one period if they are to have success against this caliber of opponent.
Assists on the Aurora goals went to Bowie, with two, Corey Berube, Robbie Juffs and Mike Parkhill



...AURORA ADVANCES TO OMHA QUARTER FINALS WITH SWEEP OF BARRIE...
Aurora, ON, February 12, 2004
The Minor Midget A Tigers advanced to the OMHA Quarter finals after posting a 3-2 victory over the stubborn Barrie Flyers and a sweep of their third round series, 3-0. Backed by a huge performance by netminder Adam Jakovina, who stole the show in the third period with Barrie playing desperate hockey, Aurora hung on to their 3-2 lead, for their third series win of the Playdowns. The victory sets up a highly anticipated match-up with top seed Orillia, with a semi-final berth on the line.
Sean Fodey's backhand with 38 seconds remaining in the first period evened the game for the Tigers, after Barrie, for the third consecutive game, opened the scoring. Peter McNeill and Brandon Polsinello had the assists. The late goal momentum carried over to the second period for Aurora, who now had their game equal to the excellent effort turned in by the Flyers in the first, and threw 18 shots at the Barrie netminder in the middle stanza, scoring twice. Kyle Fitkin's blast from 35 feet on a power play, after a perfect drop pass from Patrick Bowie, gave the Tigers their first lead of the night, and Aurora would make it a two goal advantage when a clever play by Mike Parkhill, who feathered a perfect feed to Polsinello standing at the side of the net and Brandon made no mistake on the deke, and a 3-1 Tiger advantage. Aurora continued to press, but Barrie was a determined squad on this night and applied pressure of their own, that was rewarded with a perfectly executed 2 on 1 and cut the Tiger lead by one heading to the third at 3-2.
With their playoff lives at stake, Barrie dominated the period, out shooting the Tigers 11-5, and if not for Jakovina's acrobatics in the frame, the result would have been different. A late Tiger penalty to McNeill that could have gone either way, forced the Tigers to deal with the Flyer power play with just over two minutes remaining, but yeomen’s work by Matt Kerr, Robbie Juffs and Jordan Williams kept the lead in Aurora's favor. The tense moments would end with a key face-off win by Mike Bentley in the final minute, and then another by Scott Daly in the final seconds sealed the win.
Although tense in the final minutes for Aurora supporters, the turning point came minutes before that. A routine Flyer shoot in turned into a nightmare for Jakovina, whose clearing pass went astray, and found nothing but a Flyer stick. With a wide open net, the score looked to be evened by the Flyers, but Adams effort to get back in the cage saved the day when he tipped the puck heading to the net into the corner. The fortunate Tiger play had Barrie shaking their heads, and they never recovered.
The Aurora-Orillia match-up culminates a month of playdowns that has eliminated eleven York-Simcoe teams, with just two standing. Orillia will hold home ice advantage in the series, in what promises to be a roller coaster emotional ride for both teams. Should be great fun, and fun to watch.
Additional helpers on the Tiger goals went to Polsinello, McNeill, Fitkin, and Parkhill.



...TIGERS HAVE BARRIE ON THE BRINK AFTER WIN IN GAME 2...
Aurora, February 7, 2004
Showing little regard for Barrie's undermanned bench, the Minor Midget A Tigers rolled to a two games to none lead in their third round OMHA Playdown with the Barrie Flyers posting an impressive 6-1 win.
The lop sided score does not reflect the closeness of the game that had one huge momentum swing that went in Aurora's favor, and paved the way to the win. With the score 2-1 for the Tigers after goals by Scott Daly in the first period and a bullet by Matt Kerr to the top corner in the second, defenseman Mike Parkhill was called for interference on a Barrie breakaway, leading to the Flyers being awarded a penalty shot. Tiger netminder Zach Timbers made a huge save on the penalty shot, and after a Barrie penalty, Aurora would score immediately on their power play, when Corey Berube finished off a beautiful set of passes from Brent Gallaugher and Daly, and a 3-1 Aurora lead. The big momentum shift was the key moment in the game, as the Flyers visibly sagged after the third Tiger marker.
Carrying their emotional lift into the third, Aurora pounded away at the Flyer cage for 14 shots and scored three times. Brandon Polsinello scored his first of two when a 2 on 1 was executed perfectly with Peter McNeill, Polsinello finishing it in high style with a rocket snap shot over the Barrie netminders shoulder. Four minutes later, Zach Andrews, after a nice save at the blueline to keep the puck in by Kerr, fed a perfect cross-ice feed to Polsinello, who buried the pass from four feet out. To round things out, Polsinello-Andrews left winger Sean Fodey scored his first of the series two minutes later when the line applied huge pressure on Barrie, creating a turn-over to Fodey, who made no mistake with low backhand and a 6-1 Tiger lead. Brandon and Zach had the helpers there, while McNeill finished the night with three assists.
It was Barrie that had opened the scoring in the game, in fonrtunate fashion when a clearing pass to the front of the net, was tipped in by a Tiger player, and no chance on the play for Timbers, who faced 27 shots on the night, and a solid victory. Bantam A star Robert Cote was again in the lineup for the Minor Midgets, and had a solid evening especially in the second and third where the Tiger defense took over. Cote saw some power-play time in the third as wel as coaches Daly and Kerr attempt to make Robert feel as comfortable as possible for games down the road. He did not disappoint.
With the opportunity to advance to the OMHA Quarter-finals coming up in Game 3 Wednesday evening at ACC 1, the Tigers are taking nothing for granted, and are determined to come out Wednesday with the same game plan, and no underestimation of the Flyers at all. The series is not over, and Aurora knows it.
Matt Kerr added an additional assist on Brandon's second goal, and McNeill's first point came on Kerrs power-play marker in the second. Barrie outshot Aurora 27-25, but had few of the point blank chances they enjoyed in Game 1 as the Tiger defense was smothering in front of Timbers, who stopped everything else.

...TIGERS DRAW FIRST BLOOD AGAINST BARRIE WITH DOMINATING EFFORT...
Barrie, ON, February 4, 2004
McNeill and Bowie posted five points eachThe Tigers opened their third round of the OMHA Playdowns with a dominating performance in blitzing the Barrie Flyers 8-4 at Allendale last night in Barrie.
Aurora was led on the night with a stunning performance by the line of Peter McNeill, Mike Bentley and Patrick Bowie. McNeill and Bowie each had five points, Bentley three, with Bowie turning the hat trick and two assists while McNeill had two markers and three helpers. With the game out of reach in the final minutes, Coach Daly had McNeill on the ice for the final three shifts in an effort to turn the rare double trick, but Peter could not get that third goal, despite turning in an effort in those shifts that was a pleasure to watch.
For a team that values team play over individual performance, theBentley chipped with three Assists efforts were woven beautifully into a top-notch team performance by Aurora, who now lead the best of five , 1-0. After giving up the opening goal barely 17 seconds into the game after a goal mouth scramble, the Tigers completely took over the game, winding up with a 40-16 shot advantage on the evening. McNeill tied it at 1-1 on a lovely solo effort, and Brandon Polsinello gave the Tigers a lead they would never relinquish off a feed from defenseman Mike Parkhill, who had three points of his own on the night.
A clear momentum shift was evident at the end of the first and Aurora carried that momentum into the second to put the game out of reach, exploding for five goals. Zach Andrews made it 3-1, and in short order, Bowie, twice, McNeill and Parkhill had the Tigers going to the intermission up 7-3. A couple of defensive lapses produced two Flyer goals in the period as Aurora was thinking offense a little to much at times providing no chance for Tiger netminder Adam Jakovina, who had a solid night in the Aurora net, despite the low shot count. Bentley had two of his three assists in the period, and Jordan Williams, battling bronchitis, and Matt Kerr had stellar efforts on the Tiger blueline.
Tightening their defensive zone coverage in the third, Aurora provided Barrie no opportunities of entertaining a comeback, and took advantage of Barrie penalty trouble to push their goal total to eight, when Bowie completed the hat-trick on a power-play tipping in Parkhill point shot. Aurora blueline was outstanding in the period, led by Kyle Fitkin and Robbie Juffs, while Scott Daly returned to dominance in the face-off circle, losing but one of eight draws. Brent Gallaugher and Corey Berube killed an early Flyer power play.
Very pleased with the win on the road, the Tigers were not about to think that Barrie will go down without a fight, and the post game dressing room atmosphere was clearly focused on Saturday, when the teams renew hostilities in Aurora. The Tigers know Barrie will be looking to even the series, and their play must stay at a high level if they are to continue to have success. Coaches Daly and Danny Kerr were also pleased with the team effort, especially the third period, where the team was given a specific period plan, that was executed with a high degree of skill.
Sean Fodey, again providing Aurora with a huge corner presence, had the other assist on the Andrews goal.



...SUDDEN VICTORY IN OVERTIME AS THE TIGERS ADVANCE PAST INNISFIL IN THRILLING FASHION...
Aurora, January 31, 2004
In nail-biting, at times stomach churning fashion if you are a Tiger supporter, the Minor Midget A boys did it again last night as they found a way to victory, and advanced to the third round of the OMHA Playdowns afterBrandon scores the OT winner as the Tigers advance past Innisfil Brandon Posinello, with his second of the night, had one go in off his skate from a centering pass by Sean Fodey with 2:25 left in the first OT period, and a 3-2 series win over Innisfil in Game 5. That formula for success does not do justice to the Tigers, however, who played one of their finest games of the season, in their most important one to date.
For the fourth game out of five, Aurora outshot Innisfil, this time by a huge margin, at 48-14. If not for outstanding netminding by the Innisfil goaltender, it would have been a rout as the Tigers came in waves and came often, determined that they would leave their effort on the ice, win or lose. Job done!
With all the pressure Aurora was applying, Innisfil opened the scoring in the contest when star forward #20 sent a rocket at Tiger keeper Zach Timbers, who had no chance on the shot. Timbers was again outstanding when called upon, and hand a hand with an a assist on the tying marker by Scott Daly whose near end to end rush was completed with a terrific shot and a tie game going to the third.
With tension in ACC 2 so thick you could cut it with a knife, and a very large crowd watching the entertaining game, the third period had a litttle of everything. Aurora continued to press, and Innisfil counter, as had been the case the entire series. The Tigers finally grabbed the lead when Polsinello completed a fine zone breakout by Matt Kerr and Kyle Fitkin, who also picked up an assist on the goal,, with a terrific shot to the far corner, and a 2-1 Tiger advantage. The lead looked secure, and the Tiger forward lines, who were all outstanding on the evening, continue the pressure, but as has been the case in four other games, the Winterhawks would even the contest again with a late, fortunate marker, that would send the game to its thrilling conclusion in overtime. But not before some wild moments near the end of regulation where Aurora had 4 or 5 top notch chances to win it, but could not. Corey Berube, Peter McNeill, Patrick Bowie and Brent Gallaugher, all had opportunities, but the Hwak keeper was there for all of them. At the other end, Timbers made a huge game saving stop to keep it even when his flashed leather to snare a terrific chance. In the final minute, Mike Bentley won three key faceoffs in the Hwak zone, generating chances, but again, the Tigers were left empty-handed.
As the OT period started, the game looked like it might be a clasic hockey situation, where one team completely dominates, but the other wins. That prophecy almost came true when six minutes into the extra period, a turnover at the Tiger blueline sent in a Hawk winger all alone on Zach Timbers. The breakawy chance, however, went high and wide. Soon after, the Tigers would generate yet another odd man rush and this time it would cue the celebration. With excellent speed on the rush by Fodey, Zach Andrews and Polsinello, some good work by Sean down low to kkep the puck and make the centering pass to Brandon for the winner. Not pretty, but deserving for the boys in gold and black.
Aurora will now wait and see weather they play Barrie or TNT, where the series is 2-1 for Barrie with Game 4 tonight in Alliston.
Aurora has now advanced to the Group 4 OMHA Bracket semi-finals for the first time in this age group, and are full marks for being there with their 6-2-0 playoff record to date. Innisfil was one of the top three teams in the League this past year, and the series was an excellent showcase of two very good teams playing great, clean, entertaining hockey. The officiating was also super last night, leaving the settlement of the contest to the players.




...PENALTY FILLED CONTEST SENDS SERIES TO DECIDING GAME...
Stroud, January 25, 2004
Game 5 coming up! With their backs against the wall, the Innisfil Winterhawks used some undisciplined play by the Tigers to even the best of five second round OMHA series at two games each when they handed Aurora a 5-3 loss tonight in Innisfil. Despite holding leads of 2-1 and 3-2 late in the second, Aurora could not hang on, taking far to many retaliatory penalties handing the Winterhawks the win on a platter.
Aurora opened the scoring early when Sean Fodey re-directed a perfect feed from Zach Andrews less than two minutes into the game, and assumed the lead again in the first at 2-1 when Andrews scored off a rebound in front from Fodey and a perfect pass from Mike Parkhill. The lead was short-lived and Innisfil responded with their first of four power play markers to even at 2-2 heading to the second.
Again dominant five on five, Aurora just could not stay away from penalty trouble, and played but four minutes at even strength in the middle frame. Even with the Tigers not playing at the top of their game, it was Aurora who jumped ahead when Peter McNeill stuffed in a three footer after a mad scramble to vault the Tigers to a 3-2 lead. It would hold until the final minute of play in the period, when a Winterhawk 2 on 1 resulted in the teams heading to the final period tied at two.
Innisfil capitalized on shoot in and a cross goal mouth pass and empty net had them up one, and another power play marker midway through the period pushed the advantage to two goals. Innisfil would play out the string, and a deadlocked Round Two at two games each.
With the sudden death game on the horizon, Aurora vowed that it will be different come game 5. A return to disciplined team play is a must if Aurora is to advance to round three. Clearly the better team to date in the games played, letting teams off the hook is something the Tigers do not want to make a habit of.
Additional assists on the McNeill goal went to Mike Parkhill and Patrick Bowie
Innisfil out shot the Tigers 29-26 for the first time in the series, and held two-man advantages on the power play twice in the contest, scoring once.



...TIGERS PUSH INNISFIL TO BRINK OF ELIMINATION WITH WIN...
Aurora, January 24, 2004
Backed by the outstanding goaltending of keeper Zach Timbers and brushing aside a poor first period start, where Aurora took too many penalties, the Tigers pushed Innisfil to the brink of elimination after assuming a 2-1 series lead with a 3-1 win last night in Aurora. Buoyed by their finest practice of the season Friday night, Aurora came determined to play and were full marks for the win.
Despite numerous chances, the Tigers could only manage a 1-0 advantage heading to the third after a power-play marker by Brandon Polsinello, after some excellent spade work by Sean Fodey, had Aurora in the lead. In the third, the Tigers would seal the win, first Peter McNeill with the wide open net after defenseman Mike Parkhill hit the post, the rebound came to McNeill and he made no mistake. Peter would get his second of the evening shortly after when a perfect face-off win by Mike Bentley came to McNeill and his quick shot went through a crowd in front of the Winterhawk cage and a 3-0 Aurora lead. With Aurora now in command, the remainder of period was an even, tight-checking affair and only a fortunate deflection late in the game by the Hawks would spoil the Timbers shutout bid, which would have been well deserved after his outstanding play on the evening. McNeill just missed recording the hat-trick when he hit the post in the final minute.
For the third consecutive game, Aurora was the better team and turned in another excellent effort last night. The Tiger defense was especially good again, and AP Robbie Juffs turned in another strong performance and looks to have settled in as the fifth D, forming a very impressive unit back there. Aurora was also aided by sacrifices by Corey Berube and Kyle Fitkin, who blocked tough shots late in the game to keep Innisfil from mounting any type of comeback.
With game 4 tonight, January 25, in Innisfil at 8:00 PM, the Tigers will get their chance, quickly, to try and eliminate Innisfil and the only thing on the minds of the Tigers post game last night was that Sunday would be their last trip to Innisfil for the season..........
Aurora out shot Innisfil 22-17, and assists on the Tiger goals went to Fodey and Zach Andrews on the first goal, Bentley, twice, on the McNeil markers and Patrick Bowie on the 2-0 goal by Peter.



...O.T. STREAK ENDS AT FOUR AS INNISFIL EVENS SERIES...
Aurora, ON, January 19, 2004
Playing in their fourth consecutive overtime game, the Tiger tide of wins finally turned and it was the Innisfil Winterhawks whoscored in the extra period with just over a minute left in the game to steal the win in Aurora, 3-2.
Missing two key performers, and playing with a short bench of only 12 skaters, Aurora none the less dominated the contest out shooting Innisfil 40-21, and if not for some bad luck around the Winterhawk net, this game would have never seen the overtime period, and the end of the Tiger four game playoff winning streak.
After surrendering the opening goal, Aurora came on strong, peppering Hawk goaltending 18 shots in the second period alone, but only converting once on a bullet wrist shot by Peter McNeill to head to the third period tied at 1-1. The Tigers did not let up, firing 13 Action from last nights game 2 contest in Auroramore pucks at the Innisfil net, and jumped ahead with 6:15 remaining in the period when Patrick Bowie wired a shot to the top corner from 18 feet. The game looked won for Aurora until a soft shot from the Tiger point somehow bounced through netminder Adam Jakovina and the game was tied again at two's. Aurora had some opportunities after the tying goal, and came tantalizingly close when Bowie hit the post, but it was not to be and the series headed to second straight overtime.
In the period Aurora had two excellent chances to pot the winner, but just over a minute remaining in the game, after the Tigers could not clear the zone, a blast from the point, that was deflected, evened the series at 1-1, and making the match-up now a best of three.
Despite the loss, Tiger spirits were high after the game, as Aurora turned in yet another strong and at times dominating performance, and knowing they deserved a better fate, but that’s hockey. Playing in his first game for the Tigers, AP Robbie Juffs turned in a stellar performance on the Tiger blue line, as did the rest of the Aurora defense of Matt Kerr, Kyle Fitkin and Jordan Williams.
The series resumes with Game #3, Thursday evening at 8:00 P.M in Innisfil where the Tigers will welcome back to the roster Sean Fodey and Mike Parkhill.
Helpers on the Tiger goals went to Williams and Mike Bentley on the McNeill marker, and Scott Daly and McNeill on the Bowie tally.

...SAME RESULT, NEW HERO AS TIGERS GET OPENING GAME JUMP ON INNISFIL..
Stroud, January 18, 2004
..And the beat goes on...The Minor Midget A Tigers opened their second round of the OMHA Playoffs tonight in Innisfil and won the game in familiar fashion as they downed the Winterhawks 3-2 in their third consecutive overtime game. Patrick Bowie took a well placed feed from Peter McNeill at 2:25 in the overtime period and slid it under the Winterhawk keeper to send Aurora to Game 1 winner by Patrick Bowie assisted by Peter McNeill the victory and a 1-0 series lead.......but what a game this was.
Innisfil opened the scoring in the first after a perfect feed from Zach Timbers was outstanding in Game 1below the goal line to the front of the net, and no chance for Aurora keeper Zach Timbers who would prove pivotal later on in the contest. After giving up control to Innisfil in the first, Aurora slowly found its game late in the period and carried that advantage right into the second where they dominated the frame, out shooting Innisfil 12-3 and scoring two power play markers by Scott Daly and a hard working effort by Zach Andrews. Aurora was firing on all cylinders in the period and only some terrific goaltending by the Innisfil net minder kept the game close at 2-1. It would go into the books at that score to start the third period, where with 3:45 left in the period Innisfil would equal the game with a power play marker of their own after a seeing eye shot from the left point found the back of the net.. The momentum shift quickly went in Innsfil's favor and they pressed hard with some great opportunities to win the game in the final two minutes. Three stunning saves by Timbers, who had an outstanding night, kept Aurora equal and the teams headed to overtime.
Brushing aside the poor minutes at the end of the third, the Tigers returned to their dominating selves in the period, controlling play in the Winterhawk zone from the drop of the puck to start the extra frame and it seemed it was just a matter of time until the Tigers would seal their third consecutive win via the overtime route. It came quickly. An attempt by a Winterhawk defenseman to keep the puck in the Tiger zone was stopped beautifully by McNeill along the boards, and after it hit the shin pad, the puck would bound all the way down low into the Innisfil zone. Bowie, recognizing that McNeill would get to the puck first, bolted to the front of the Winterhawk net as quickly as he could and was rewarded with the pass from Peter, whose all out effort to be first paid off when his centering pass found Bowie who finished it off with great skill and sent the Tigers to the win.
An excellent game played by two very good teams, who showed excellent speed, good creativity, and dominating power plays. Game #2 is up tonight, January 19, in Aurora at 7:15 PM, at ACC 2. Additional assists on the Tiger goals went to Brent Gallaugher, Corey Berube, Brandon Polsinello and Sean Fodey.

...OOPS, HE DID IT AGAIN AS TIGERS SWEEP EAST GWILLIMBURY IN OT...
Aurora, ON, January 12, 2003
In eerily similar fashion to his winner in the Game 2 overtime, Brent Gallaugher, on another perfect feed from Scott Daly down low, scored at 4:11 in overtime to lead the Tigers to a heart-stopping 5-4 win, and a sweep of the Eagles in Round one of the OMHA playoffs last night in Aurora.
In the best game of the series, with both teams playing for long stretches at a very high and entertaining level, the Tigers were down 4-3 heading to the third period before Captain Patrick Bowie, from a nifty feed from Mike Bentley drilled a low wrist shot to the corner to even the affair at four's with 10:40 remaining on the clock. Aurora had earlier jumped to a 3-2 first period advantage on the strength of goals by Brandon Polsinello, with his fourth of the series, Corey Berube, with his third, and Zach Andrews, with his first. With desperate hockey, and trying to avoid the sweep, EG had opened the scoring on a rebound, then regained the lead with two goals in the second at 4-3. It was the Eagles best period in the series, one where they out shot Aurora 12-7, and were full measure for carrying the one goal advantage to the third.
Aurora would regain territorial play in the third, pounding 13 shots, against only two for the Eagles, on the EG net and were rewarded with the Bowie goal. Pressing right to the end of regulation, the Tigers had two excellent chances to by Berube and Bentley, but could not put the game away, and the series headed to its second consecutive extra period.
In that frame, the Eagles would take an ill-timed interference penalty, sending the Tigers to the power play and a glorious opportunity to put the series away. Aurora wasted no time. After one good chance in front by Berube, after some good blue line work by Matt Kerr to keep the puck in the Eagle zone, the puck would find its way to the corner where Daly picked up the disc free of coverage. His centering pass was perfectly re-directed by Gallaugher, and in shocking and ruthless fashion, Aurora was off to the second round.
Although sweet, the Tiger celebration was short thoughts in the dressing room turned immediately to round two opponent, the Innisfil Winterhawks, in a highly anticipated showdown between two of the finest clubs in York-Simcoe.
Helpers on the Tiger markers went to Kyle Fitkin, Daly, Gallaugher, Sean Fodey, Polsinello and AP Mark Whiting. Adam Jakovina posted the win in goal. Aurora out shot the Eagles 33-20.
The well played game by both teams featured some outstanding Minor hockey with lots of goals, great saves, fine playmaking and a high level of intensity from both squads. Top notch officiating by the crew from Stouffville rounded out the evenings entertainment as referee Furley, in complete control from the game outset, let the teams decide the outcome and both sides responded with perfectly clean effort, with the focus squarely on hockey. The final score was as close as the evenings action.



...OVERTIME THRILLER MOVES TIGERS TO TWO GAME LEAD..
Aurora, January 10, 2004
Brent Gallaugher's perfect re-direction of a Scott Daly feed from the corner early in the the first overtime period sent Aurora to a 2-0 series lead over East Gwillimbury with the 2-1 win, in a highly entertaining contest played last night at a frigid ACC 2.
The win for the Tigers did not come easy though, as EG put up a strong fight in the match compared to Game 1, where the Tigers won handily. Still the dominant team through the first two frames, the teams headed to the second period intermission in a scoreless draw, despite countless chances for the the Tigers who could not find the range to assume the lead. Cue the third period shocker, as EG would open the scoring from a scrammble in front to take the lead. The goal turned the ACC crowd quiet, but the lead would be short lived after some fine work by Patrick Bowie and d'man Mike Couperthwaite kept the puck in the Eagle zone, where it would find its way to the slot and Mike Bentley who made no mistake and evened the game at one with a terrific shot. Aurora continued to press for the winner, but it was not to be and the teams headed to to the sudden death 10 minute overtime.
Aurora dominated the extra period and after some outstanding efforts on defense by Robert Cote, who had a strong game in his first action for the Minor Midget's, Matt Kerr, Jordan Williams, Keon Karamchi and Mike Couperthwaite, the Tigers were rewarded with the well deserved winner. Tiger keeper Zach Timbers was solid in the Tiger cage turning aside all but one Eagle shot.
The game was chippy at times and power plays were the norm throughout the evening, but it was the Tigers who held their composure on this night as they watched EG parade to the penalty box for 12 penalties. The Tigers know full well they must keep their emotions in check to ensure their scorers are on the ice and not watching from the box. Playoffs are emotional, but discipline must be high to go along with the emotion, and the Tigers did an outstanding job last night in that regard.
Aurora is now poised to try and sweep the series Monday night in Aurora when they host the Eagles at AFLC at 9:30 PM. With some lingering injuries, the sweep would be just what the doctor ordered to buy the Tigers a little rest before a possible second round showdown with Innisfil. Peter McNeill will return from suspension after the next game, while Mike Parkhill is out a little longer.


...TIGERS DRAW FIRST BLOOD, ROUT EAST GWILLIMBURY IN OMHA ROUND ONE OPENER...
Sharon, ON, January 7, 2004
The OMHA Playoffs opened last night in East Gwillimbury and the Minor Midget A Tigers made a bold statement from the opening face-off that they are ready, turning in a dominating performance en route to a 9-4 pasting of the Eagles, and a 1-0 series lead. Aurora was lead by a stellar performance last night by Brandon Polsinello, who had the hat trick to go along with two assists, AP Steven Facca who chipped in with four helpers,and Zach Andrews who did the same. But the individual performances took a back seat to the overall excellent team play, that was highlighted by an intensity with the team not seen since injuries and illness ravaged the roster late last year.
Tiger keeper Adam Jakovina stood in the Aurora cage for extended periods with nothing to do as the one sided play saw few forays into the Aurora zone for the entire match. Jakovina admitted he was not sharp and would like to have two goals back as concentration became a problem as Aurora dominated at will. The Eagles opened the scoring on a nice tip in from infront, but Aurora responded imediately on a backhand by Polsinello. The teams would exchage goals until the Tigers assumed the lead for good at 4-3 when Corey Berube scored his first of two from a wrap around to the top shelf in the second period. Earlier the Tigers received goals from Sean Fodey and a picture perfect pass from Patrick Bowie to a pinching Jordan Williams, who made no mistake from 18 feet.
The Tigers extended the lead to 6-3 heading to the intermission after second period markers by Bowie and Polsinello, with his second. In the third it was more of the same. Berube opened the frame with a snapper to the the top corner, Polsinello completed the hat-trick from a scrammble in front and Kyle Fitkin rounded out the evenings offense with a point shot in the final minute of play.
Aurora used its superior speed and determination to win battles for loose pucks, while keeping its focus squarely on the game, and the job at hand. The Tigers must now return in Game 2, Friday night at 9:00 PM in Aurora at ACC 2, and duplicate the effort to put a stranglehold on the series. Aurora knows well that one game is just that, one game and much work is still required if the Tigers are to advance to the next round. Efforts like last night will make that task much easier.
Other helpers on the Tiger goals went to Fodey with two, Bowie, Scott Daly, Mike Bentley and Brent Gallaugher, who led the Tiger forechecking parade with a superb effort. Gallaugher was also named assistant captain prior to the contest for the duration of the season. Congratulations Brent!

TIGERS OAKVILLE EXPERIENCE ENDS QUICKLY
Oakville, ON December 29, 2003
The Minor Midget A Tigers just could not shake-off the Christmas holiday rust and failed to advance at the Richard Bell Memorial Tournament this past weekend in Oakville. Aurora went down to defeat 2-1 at the hands of the Rosedale Devils and 6-3 against a fine squad from Fergus. In between, Aurora managed a 3-3 tie against the Meadowvale Mohawks for their lone point. Fergus won the RED Division with a perfect 3-0-0 record.
The Tigers did put on an excellent show in the the 3 ON 3 Tournament, where they advanced to the semi-finals and fell 2-1, on penalty shots, to an outstanding team all the way from Norway. Kyle Fitkin, Patrick Bowie, Peter McNeill, Brent Gallaugher, Brandon Polsinello, Mike Parkhill and an acrobatic Adam Jakovina in goal put on a splendid display of their skills in the 3 ON 3 in front of a huge crowd gathered to watch the exciting format hockey at the Canlan Sports Centre in Oakville.

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...AURORA PUTS ON STRONG SHOW IN STOUFFVILLE REP TOURNAMENT TO REACH FINALS...
Stouffville Rep Tournament, November 30, 2003
The Minor Midget 'A' Aurora Tigers moved all the way to the finals after posting a perfect 4-0 record in the 14 Team Stouffville Rep Tournament this past weekend, but once there, met a determined and fine Burlington Eagles squad, having to settle for second place after Burlington's 3-0 win.
The Tigers got off on the right foot in the event Friday afternoon, posting an impressive 5-0 win over the GTHL's Cedar Hill Rebels. Peter McNeill led the way there with a hat trick and Adam Jakovina posted his third straight shutout. Aurora was never in trouble in the game and assumed the lead in their loop with the two points.
Friday night's second game for Aurora saw them face-off against a very good and speedy Port Perry Predators team. The entertaining game was a see-saw affair with lots of end to end action and Brent Gallaugher’s goal to the top corner proved to be the winner as Aurora defeated the Predators in a nail biting 3-2 result.
With four points in the bank, the Tigers still required a win or tie to absolutely guarantee themselves a spot in the semi-final and it would not come easy against a very talented Coronation Bengal’s from Hamilton. Aurora would turn the trick on Coronation in very efficient fashion, building a 4-1 lead, and despite a nervous last few minutes where the Bengal’s got within one, the Tigers hung on for the 4-3 win and berth in Sundays semi-final. Jordan Williams rocket from the point the winner in this one, and a perfect 3-0-0 round robin record.
In a surprise, the Tigers arrived at the Arena Sunday afternoon to learn they were playing the Thorold Wildcats in the semi-final rather than the Lawfield Lighting, when Thorold advanced on the third tiebreaker, fewest penalties. A tough task for the Tigers facing OMHA semi-finalist Thorold, but Aurora was not to be denied. Dominating the Wildcats from start finish, it was only the brilliance of the Thorold keeper that kept this game scoreless until Jordan Williams seeing eye shot from the point found the back of the net with 1:13 remaining, and carried the Tigers to the Final on the strength of the 1-0 nail biter. Zach Timbers posted the shutout in a strong performance.
The Burlington Eagles Eagles Defeat Tigers 3-0 to Claim Stouffville Rep Tournament Championshipadvanced to the final exactly the same way as they defeated host and Tiger rival Stouffville 1-0 in their semi-final. The final though would prove to be an exercise in frustration for the Tigers, who dominated early on but could not capitalize on some glorious opportunities to forge ahead. The Eagles continued their relentless checking and conservative play and were rewarded in the second period when they scored twice in 3:18 second to build on a 1-0 lead. Aurora would continue to press, but clearly sagged after the third Eagle goal, and could not respond as the Eagles played out the string and took home Championship Honors.
To a man the Tigers knew Burlington was full measure for the win and offered congratulations, but vowed to return the favor should the teams meet again in late December in Oakville, where both are entered in the Prestigious RICHARD BELL MEMORIAL TOURNAMENT.
Although somber in defeat, the Tigers put on a great show in Stouffville, leading the event in goals scored and second in goals against behind stingy Burlington, in this high quality field.
Injuries prior to the event to d'man Mike Parkhill and Kyle Fitkin saw the Tigers rely heavily on the Minor Midget AE team for reserves with tremendous success. Mike Couperthwaite, Steven Facca, Graeme Fleming and Keon Karamchi turned in stellar performances and played key roles in the Tiger advance to the Championship Game. Fleming was awarded Game MVP honors by the Tournament in Game 2 vs. Port Perry befitting the outstanding play. Peter McNeill took home that honor in Game 1, Jordan Williams in Game 3, Patrick Bowie in the semi against Thorold. Williams would turn the trick again in the final, but would have happily traded the individual honor for the Championship as the Tigers pride themselves on their total team play.
The Tigers their parents and our Coaching Staff would like to extend thanks for a job well done to the Stouffville Organizing Committee for a very well run and fun event that featured some great and entertaining Rep Hockey.

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...AURORA ROLLS TO WIN OVER THE FLYERS...
Barrie, November 21, 2003
Mike Parkhill's rocket to the top corner from the top of the circle midway through the first period proved to be the winner as the Minor Midget A Tigers rolled over the Barrie Flyers 3-0 in York Simcoe action played last night in Barrie.
With top notch goaltending from Adam Jakovina, who made 24 saves to record the shutout and looked un-beatable, and their best team play performance of the season, the Tigers carried the play to Barrie from the opening face-off and never let up till the final buzzer. Pounding 42 shots at Flyer goalkeeping, Aurora was firing on all cylinders on this night and only a stellar performance by the Barrie keeper kept this game close. Strong puck pursuit, tight defensively, and very creative off the rush, the Tigers made it 2-0 in the middle stanza when Brandon Polsinello went to the net and buried a Zach Andrews feed. Graeme Fleming, filling in for Sean Fodey, did all the spade work on the goal, after some great corner work to set up the marker. The intermission provided some relief for Barrie, and a chance to re-group for the third, but Aurora would continue the domination in that period and make it 3-0 when Scott Daly scored after an excellent forecheck by Corey Berube and a relentless Brent Gallaugher caused a Barrie turnover. Earlier the Tigers killed off two consecutive penalties with some outstanding play led by Mike Bentley, Peter McNeill, Patrick Bowie and on D by Matt Kerr, Jordie Williams and Kyle Fitkin.
With tough Stouffville on the horizon Saturday night, the Tigers are looking forward to the challenge of the Clippers who were the last team to put an 'L' on Aurora's record. The Tigers will be looking to contain Clipper #11, who single handedly ripped Aurora the last time they met with four goals. Should be a great game between two very good teams.
Assists on the Tiger goals went to McNeill, Bentley, who had a stellar night in both ends of the ice, Fleming, Parkhill, Berube and Gallaugher.



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