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Siskins win in overtime

The Stayner Siskins needed overtime on Thursday night to get past the Midland Flyers in Provincial Junior Hockey League action.

Stayner’s Liam Kendall scored the overtime winner 3:22 into extra time, with assists going to Barrie native J.D. Falconer and captain Lucas Jeffery.

After a scoreless first period, Stayner’s Curtis Ballantyne opened the scoring the midway mark of the second period. Kevin Boyd picked up the assist.

The Flyers scored two goals in a 42-second span early in the third period to take a 2-1 lead. Midland’s goals came from Tyson Gates and Will Manatch.

The Siskins knotted the game at 2-2 at 11:29 when Midhurst native Ben Hughes scored his 16th goal of the season, with Falconer and Cameron Knowles picking up the helpers.

Hughes leads the PJHL in scoring with 49 points (16G, 33A) in 18 games, while Falconer leads the loop in goals with 26. Falconer sits eight points back of Hughes atop the scoring race with 41.

Stayner goalie Zach Levac, a Barrie native, stopped 38 of 40 directed his way, while his Midland counterpart, Parker Hayward-Sword stopped 48 of 51 shots.

With the win, Stayner remains undefeated with an 18-0 record to sit first place in the North Conference’s Carruthers Division with 36 points. The Alliston Hornets (14-4) are second in the division with 28 points, followed by the Schomberg Cougars (9-8) in third place with 18 points.

In other divisional action on Thursday night, the Cougars defeated the Orillia Terriers, 10-3, at home.

Friday’s slate of games includes Orillia at Midland, Schomberg at Alliston, and the Penetang Kings visiting the Huntsville Otters.

Saturday’s schedule includes Stayner at Schomberg at 7:30 p.m., and Huntsville at Penetang at 8 p.m.

Sunday sees the Alliston Hornets in Huntsville for a 2:30 p.m. matinee, while the evening match-ups include Midland at Caledon and Penetang at Orillia.  

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