Flags Fought A Hard Battle Came Up Short To End Season

February 15, 2014

By Pat Brethauer

After being down 3 games in Great Lakes Jr. C playoffs against the Blenheim Blades the Flags battled back to win 2 games in a row and brought the game back home before a crowd of 313 fans for game six.   In the sixth and what turned out to be their final game the Flags lost 4 - 2 to the Blades.



On the power play Mooretown scored the only goal in the first period on a hard slap shot by Matt Brandon.  Brett Thompson slipped the second goal to give the Flags the 2 - 0 lead.  Blenheim's first goal was scored after Kellen Kaniecki shot from the Blue line took a bad bounce and went into the net. 


"It was tough to lose when you had a two goal lead early in the game." Assistant Coach Joel Workman said.  "After that bounce you could see the turning point in the game that we never got control of the game after that."

Kellen Kaniecki added his second goal later in the second period and Cam Aitken and Derek Muzzatti scored in the third.


Both sides had five power play opportunities, Mooretown scored the only power play goal.



Blenheim outshot the Flags 48 - 28.  Brandon Johnson was outstanding throughout the playoffs made 44 saves in the final game.  Adam Leboeuf earned the win with 26 saves.


"We are really proud of the way they did battle back, it's not easy to play with your back against the wall." Workman said

"We knew we had the effort. It was good to see them do it and at the end of the day I think we just ran out of gas. Earlier in the year we had a lot of injuries and some guys are banged up we did the best we could with what we had."



Missing from the line up in the latter part of the season were Captain Jeff Schroeter (broken ankle) and Chad Beauchamp (broken hand) and Brandon Layman who was signed by Sarnia Legionnaires.


The Flags finished sixth in the regular season with a record of 20-17-1-2.  Blenheim will move on to the Semi Final round.




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