Flags Stay Alive with
Win Against Blenheim
February 12, 2014
By Pat Brethauer
The Mooretown Flags were facing
elimination after being down 3 games in the best of
seven Great Lakes Jr. C playoff series against
Blenheim but kept the series alive after
defeating the Blades 6 - 3 before a huge crowd in
"Thought it was a good game." Head
Coach Jordan Pennesi said "It was a fast pace game
with a lot of chances at both ends."
The Flags took a 2 - 0 lead in the
first period with Caden Fleming from Spencer Bronzi
scoring the first goal at 5:31 and Brett Thompson
scoring on the power play at 12:04 with Bronzie and
Sam McCormack assisting,
The Flags took a five minute major
penalty which was costly as the Blades went on and
scored two power play goals on the penalty, the
first at 15:52 and at 19:28 and the period ended
with both sides tied with 2 apiece. Drew
Marlatt and Justin Rossignol each scored for the
Blades on the power play.
Early in the second at 1:28 Blenhein
added goal number three with Rossignol scoring his
second of the game and giving Blenheim the lead.
At 2:49 netminder Eric Stewardson mishandled
the puck and put it in his own net that tied the
game. Spencer Bronzi was credited with the
goal with Sam Jasmin getting the assist.
Action continued and the score remain tied at 3 - 3
heading into the third.
In the third period Mooretown
regained the lead at 6:55 after defenceman David
Addley rushed in took the shot and Ryan Lyle picked
up the rebound and found the opening to put the
Flags up 4 - 3.
Action continued and as the game was approaching the
end Blenheim pulled their goalie for the extra
attacker. Spencer Bronzi intercepted a pass and
skated into Blenheims end and scored into the empty
net. With seconds remaining Blenheim net
remained empty and the Flags once again score their
second empty net goal by Austin Ainsworth with Sam
Jasmin assisting and time ran out giving the Flags
their first win of the series.
"I thought five on five we controlled
the play most the part." Pennesi said "The
last five minutes or so they were kind of all over
us but I thought we did a good job putting the puck
in the net tonight. Two empty netters but more pucks
on the net was definitely a big thing."
Blenheim outshot the Flags 45 - 35.
Outstanding goaltending at both ends of the rink.
Flags netminder Brandon Johnson made 42 saves in the
win. Eric Stewardson made 29 saves for the Blades.
Mooretown scored one power play goals
on five opportunities. Blenheim had only one
power play opportunity on the five minute major and
Blenheim leads the series 3 - 1 and
the two teams are back in action for game five
tonight in Blenheim at 7:30pm.
"I told them to take it at one game
at a time don't think of it as a huge impossible
comeback it's a 60 minute game and anything can
happen." Pennesi said "If we come out and work hard
and keep playing the way we have been we will be
rewarded as we were tonight."
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