Peter Kioussis leads the Spirit with 13 goals in 15 games this season. Linemate Odaro Ewere leads the team in points with 22. (Photo by Ray MacAloney / OJHL Images)
The Stouffville Spirit have improved to 8-4-0-3 and moved into fifth place in the 12-team Ontario Junior Hockey League East Division standings.
Spirit players will take part in a free community skate at the Stouffville Clippers Complex on Monday, Oct. 30, from 5-7 p.m.
It’s all part of the Toronto Marlies Community Festival hosted by the Whitchurch-Stouffville Minor Hockey Association. The WSMHA is celebrating its 75th anniversary.
Autograph sessions with the Toronto Maples alumni and the AHL Marlies are also scheduled. The Marlies will practice at the complex at 8:30 p.m.
Spirit grads who have played for the Marlies include Will Acton, Simon Gysbers, Mike Duco and Michael Carcone.
Spirit 6, Pickering Panthers 2, Oct. 26
Leading scorer Peter Kioussis scored his 12th and 13th goals of the season at the Stouffville Arena. The Spirit erased a 1-0 deficit by scoring two goals in each period.
Danny Thomakos, Tayjon Street, Riley Clark and Nathan Grube also scored. Odaro Ewere had two assists. Kyle Downey earned the win, his second over the Panthers in seven days. Street was named player of the game by his teammates. The game ended with a nine-minute Spirit power play, courtesy of Pickering’s Nolan Connollly who was assessed four minutes for instigating and five minutes for fighting at 14:45 of the third period.
Wellington 5, Spirit 3, Oct. 22
Ewere, Evan Breckles and Ryan Harvey scored for the Spirit who outshot the Dukes in Wellington 29-22.
Wellington scored an empty-net goal with 42 seconds left in regulation.
Lindsay at Stouffville, Oct. 28
Wellington at Stouffville, Nov. 2
Stouffville at Toronto Jr. Canadiens, Nov. 4
Spirit goaltender Kyle Downey has had a busy week. In between recording Spirit wins over the Pickering Panthers Oct. 20 and 26, he joined the Ontario Hockey League’s Kingston Frontenacs for two games last weekend. The Caledon resident gave up two goals in 49 minutes during Kingston’s 6-2 loss in Guelph Saturday, Oct. 21.
The Spirit partnering with Stouffville Branch 459 of the Royal Canadian Legion again this fall. Look for Remembrance Day stickers on the players’ helmets next month. Spirit players will be distributing poppies in the community for the third straight year on Sunday, Nov. 5. The Legion Colour Party will take part in a pregame ceremony at the Stouffville Arena Nov. 11. Spirit fans are encouraged to attend the Remembrance Day ceremony at Branch 459 on Nov. 11 at 10:45 a.m.
Spirit This Week is sponsored by Farmer Jack’s in Stouffville and Sharon