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Mooretown Flags Stayin' alive with OT win
Great Lakes Jr. C. Semi Finals

Pat Brethauer march 3rd, 2012

Mooretown, ON -  In an exciting finish Mike Burns scored the winning goal a minute and twenty six seconds into the overtime period to keep the series alive in the best of seven against the Belle River Canadiens.

"We picked it up tonight, we knew we had to win so we got it going" said Mike Burns "They lost the puck to Sokol and he passed it to me and I put it into the back of the net, it was pretty good" he added grinning ear to ear.

The Flags took a 2 - 0 lead early in the first period at 3:36 as Mike Burns dug the puck out from behind the net to Andrew Sokol who slapped it in.  Dan Lumley also assisted on the  goal.

Jeff Schroeter scored the second on a shot from the glove side at 5:57 assisted by Travis Mullen and Josh Teschke.

Belle River answered back at 11:03 with Nik Dobrich scoring and at 11:57 an unassisted goal by Mike Ditty tied things up.

Second period saw Jason Clarke of Belle River score the lone goal at the halfway point to take the lead. 

In the third on a power play Andrew Sokol scored his second of the night that tied the game.  Mike Burns and Jake Currie assisted on the goal.  Like game two in Mooretown which the Flags lost 4 - 3 in overtime,  this game would also be decided in overtime only this time it was the Flags who struck first.

"It was a good one for the guys, it was a test of our will tonight getting handed the type of defeat we did last night in Belle River [L10 -3] and to come back and play this game shows the character of the young men in the room" said Coach Bruce Aberhart

When it came to penalties in this game the two sides were able to play hockey.  In Belle River on Friday the Canadiens took a total 25 minutes, Mooretown tally was 20 minutes. In Saturday's game Belle River took only 9 minutes on 4 infractions and Mooretown received 11 minutes on 5 infractions.  Belle River went 0 for 3 in power play opportunities, Mooretown went 1 for 2.

Shots on goal was even up to the winning goal as Mooretown tallied 39, Belle River 38.  Winning goalie Andrew Ganter earned the win for the Flags, Zakk Olvin took the loss, both with a total of 35 saves.

Mooretown returns to Belle River on Tuesday March 6 for game 5.  Belle River leads the series 3 to 1.

"That is going to be awfully hard to win down there," said Aberhart "you got to overcome the road trip on the bus to come out ready to play.  You know they are going to be firing on all cylinders as they did last night, we got to beat that pressure right off the bat.  I was really happy with the way the young men played tonight, if we can match that next game we'll be fine."


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