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Mooretown Flags Nicked the Blades
Saturday 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."

Shorthanded goal by Caden Fleming.

Riley Roberts led the Flags scoring the first goal and his 17th of the season at 13:13 assisted by Calab Harse and Jeff Schroeter.

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.

Andrew Sokol scores winning goal.

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.

Game saving save by netminder Braden Palocz.

"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." 

Mooretown Notes:

Netminder Braden Palocz earned first star of the night, Flags Caden Fleming second star and Mackenzie Dick of Blenheim earned third star.

Mooretown remains 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 to Dresden. 

Blenheim has two games remaining, Alvinston and Dresden both have one.



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