Nicked the Blades
January 26, 2013
The Mooretown Flags
added their second win on the weekend at home after
edging out the Blenheim Blades 4 - 3 in Great Lakes
Junior C league action.
"Second win in a row
is good," said head coach Jordan Pennesi "I
think things are turning around for sure, last night
in Alvinston we played well. It was another 60
minute effort and tonight we played just as well,
it's good to see."
Riley Roberts led the
Flags scoring the first goal and his 17th of the
season at 13:13 assisted by Calab Harse and Jeff
Blades answered back while on a power play at 16:31
with MacKenzie Dick scoring. Caden Fleming
scored an unassisted shorthanded goal late in the
period at 19:33 to give the Flags the 2 - 1 lead
heading into the second.
In the second period
Blenheim evened the score on another power play at
9:43 with Justin Rossignol scoring.
Less than a minute later at 10:30 on the power play
Mike Burns stood alone in front of the net and the
puck landed on his stick after a scramble and he
made no mistake and shot it in to regain the lead
and scoring his 18th of the season.
The lead was
short-lived as Taylor Phillips took the puck back to
the Flags end :28 seconds later and the two sides
headed for the dressing rooms tied 3 - 3.
Third period both
sides went end to end and at 17:15 Andrew Sokol went
in alone and scored to give the Flags the lead.
With just under two minutes remaining in the
game Blenheim added the sixth skater in the attempts
to tie but the Flags did the job and kept the puck
in the neutral zone and held on for the win.
Blenheim outshot the
Flags 36 - 30. Braden Palocz made several key
saves including a glove save while down low late in
the third to earn his seventh win of the season.
Dylan Vanderpol took the loss with 26 saves.
"It was a really
close game I thought Palocz made a couple of great
saves at the end of the game to pretty much save the
game for us." Pennesi said.
Penalties were a
factor in the first two periods Mooretown tallied 60
minutes in penalty time, Blenheim 42 minutes. In the
second period tempers had flared and the penalty box
was almost filled to capacity.
After the break the
two teams came out and it was solid hockey as no
penalties were called in the third.
"I'm not sure what it
is, it's a little bit of the guys not thinking
first. They got to be able to take a hit and not
retaliate, that's the biggest thing. They just got
to be able to suck it up and work hard on the next
shift." Pennesi said
Mooretown went one
for four on power play opportunities, Blenheim went
two for five.
Mooretown has one
game left in their regular season. The Flags
will host Wheatley on Saturday February 2 at 7:30 at
the Moore Sports Complex in Mooretown.
"Two big wins in a
row so hopefully our boys continue the success and
use it as a confidence builder and ride the momentum
going into the playoffs."
Braden Palocz earned first star of the night, Flags
Caden Fleming second star and Mackenzie Dick of
Blenheim earned third star.
solid in seventh place with one game remaining in
the regular league schedule.
Bleinhem was looking
for the win to make a move in the standings race.
The Blades are currently tied for fifth place with
Alvinston with 43 points and fall short by one point
Blenheim has two
games remaining, Alvinston and Dresden both have