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Mooretown Flags down two games to none in playoff semi finals
Pat Brethauer February 29th, 2011

Mooretown, ON - In game two in the Great Lakes Jr. C Hockey Semi Final game the Mooretown Flags lost in overtime against the Belle River Canadiens with a final score of 4 - 3.

Belle River went up 3 - 0 with two goals in the first period and one in the second.  

Defenceman Cole Chevalier scored 2 goals from the blue line at the midway point and 2:13 minutes later in the first period.

Chevalier scored the third for the hat trick just :30 seconds into the second period as the shot rang in as Andrew Ganter had a piece of it but the puck couldn't be  controlled only to bounc off him into the net. 

As intense action continued the Flags answered back less than two minutes later when Calab Harse passed it to Jeff Schroeter out front who then found the back of the net for the first goal.  At 11:20 shortly after the faceoff a series of quick passes between Mike Burns to Andrew Sokol helped to narrow the gap to 3 - 2.  The period would end with the Flags trailing by just one goal.

In the third, the only goal was the tying goal, which came at 15:29 as Michael Gray took a pass from behind the net into traffic out front yet managed to slide one in past Canadiens goalie Zakk Olvin.  Action continued with several missed opportunities by both sides that sent the game into overtime.  Both goalies recorded 33 shots and 33 saves at the end of the 3rd period.

"Belle River is a very good hockey team and you can't get down 3 - 0 to them" said Coach Bruce Aberhart  "I give everyone credit in that room for fighting back and tying the game up.  But we can't let them get that far ahead of us as we spend a lot of energy getting back into the game.  I really thought we had it in the 3rd period as we had a lot of chances before we headed into over time."

The over time goal came in at just :40 seconds into the period with Nik Dobrich scoring the winning goal for the Canadiens.

Belle River took only 4 minutes in penalty time with Mooretown taking 6 minutes.  Neither side scored on their power play opportunities as Belle River went 0 for 3 and Mooretown went 0 for 2.

The two teams return to Bell River on Friday March 2 then back home to Mooretown on Saturday at the Moore Sports Complex with a game start at 7;30 pm.

"The guys need to get their heads held high and go back down there Friday night and get one there." said Aberhart  "We deserved to win tonight we just didn't get it so Friday we have to go back and earn the win."

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