Opens Season with Home Opener Loss
Brethauer September 15, 2012
Mooretown, On - In Great
Lakes Jr C. Hockey League action the Mooretown Flags
opened their 41st year hosting the Blenheim Blades.
In the home/season opener the Flags took a 3 - 2
"It went well, Ithink they played pretty good" said
Head Coach Jordon Pennesi "First period they were a
little nervous but they played well with it being
our first game" Pennesi noted that it was Blenheim's
In the first period, Blenheim's Shawn Hope scored
their first goal with a hard slap shot just inside
the blue line on a power play. Blenheim's
second goal came just seconds into the second period
by Kirk McKillop. Fourteen seconds later 20
year old Mooretown 5th year Veteran and Team
Captain, scored the first goal for the Flags.
The second period ended with Blenheim ahead 2
At 6:43 in the third
Blenheim pulled ahead after Zack Horvath found a
narrow opening after taking a tight angle shot on
the right of Mooretown's netminder Brandon Johnson.
Just over the midway mark of the third period
McGregor Haddon scored a power play goal for the
Flags after finding the loose puck in front of the
net. Mooretown fought back and in the last
minute of play pulled their goalie but after taking
a couple of roughing calls found themselves down by
one and they finished off the game short handed.
Justin Pratt was the
game winning goalie making a total of 25 saves.
Flags goalie Brandon Johnson took the loss.
Johnson who played Midget AA last season and making
his Jr C debut turned away 26 of 29 shots.
"For our first time
we played well and we'll learn by our mistakes."
said Pennesi "patience with the puck, these guys
were taking a little too long they got to have
quicker movement, quicker passing, but it's going to
come with a few more games."
When asked the 24
year old coach how he felt going into the game as
the new coach for the Flags Pennesi said "It was
good, I was really nervous at the start but it
hasn't changed from when I played, as soon as I got
in there and got going I wasn't nervous and I
thought it went pretty good and looking forward to
the rest of the season."
In the lineup this season the Flags have signed
thirteen veterans and nine rookies that includes 16
year old, 6' 1" Center Riley Roberts from Lambton
AAA Minor Midget. The team has also
signed two seventeen year old goaltenders. Johnson
and Braden Palocz who played for the Lambton AAA
Pennesi was on the bench last season as Assistant
Coach and previously played for three season for the
Flags from 2007 to 2010. Pennesi also welcomes
Josh Teschke, a 2011 Alumnus and Joel Workman who
has return after attending MCHA's Adrian College
Bull Dogs on a scholarship. Matt Slotwinski
also returns to the Flags as goaltender coach and
former coach Bruce Aberhart is now the General
The Flags will take
Sunday off and get ready for three games next week
as they travel on Monday September 17 to
Wheatley, Friday September 21 they are in Alvinston
and then back home Saturday September 22 when they
host Essex. Saturday's game time is 7:30 pm at
the Moore Sports Complex.