Mooretown Flags lost in Shoot Out to the Blenheim Blades
january 18, 2014

By Pat Brethauer

Brandon Johnson denies Blade's Dylan Muzzatti with glove save


It was a goaltenders duel but after 12 shooters Blenheim slid one past Brandon Johnson to take a 5-4 win in Great Lakes Jr. C hockey regular season league action.


Despite the loss Flags netminder Johnson should have been awarded the 1st star of the night after making 42 saves on 46 shots.  Johnson's outstanding game included two quick gloves saves that had the Blades shaking their heads and fans and players applauding.

"That was definitely one of the best games I've seen him (Johnson) play in two years right there." Assistant Coach Joel Workman said "He took us on his back for the first half and second period and all the way through the shoot out. Some of those saves were incredible so you got to pat him on the back he held us in there."


Johnson second glove save made against Blade's Kirk McKillop

Blenheim dominated the play in the first period but only came up with one goal that was scored on a power play by Cam Aitken at 9:22.

In the second Aitken scored his second on another power play at 12:15,  Mooretown answered back just over a minute later when Dan Lumley scored a power play goal assisted by Brett Thompson and Sam Jasmin. 


"We had a nice little talk between periods and Jordon (Penessi, Head Coach) pumped us up and a couple of our Team Assistants Mcgregor Haddon and Adam Hayes said some words that got us ready for the second period" Dan Lumley said



At 15:51 Blenheim's Justin Rossignol gave the Blades a 3 - 1 lead but the Flags continue to battle back and Sam Jasmin narrowed the gap with his goal at 17:07 with Brett Thompson and Clay Williams assisting.  As the period was closing in Brett Thompson from Sam Jasmin tied the game with just :03 seconds remaining in the period. 


"Nice to battle back after being down early 3 - 1." Workman said  "We got dominated in the first half and second period  I thought we showed some good resilience to bounce back to tie things up."


Midway in the third there was a scramble in front of the Blades net and Dan Lumley shot went through traffic and the puck trickled over the line to give the Flags the lead for the first time of the night.

The momentum changed at 12:34 when the two sides got involved in brawl after a Blenheim player went down.  The Flags lost two defencemen Sam McCormack and Adam Hayes in the scuffle along with Blades players Kellen Kaniecki and Ty Scratch all were ejected from the game. On that stoppage the two teams tallied up a total of 40 penalty minutes.


Action continued and the Blades came back and tied things up after Cam Aitken scored his third of the night. The score remained at 4 - 4 that sent the game into overtime where the neither side scored sending the game into a shootout where the Blades 6th shooter Dylan Muzzatti scored the only goal to give the Blades the win.

"I thought from last night we came out harder." Dan Lumley said  "We brought on the forecheck better and the forwards help our D with back checking. It was 100 percent a different game from last night in Dresden where we got beat up."  (Mooretown lost 6 - 3 to Dresden)

The Flags have four games remaining in their regular schedule.  The Flags will travel to Essex on Tuesday January 21, then on Friday they are in Alvinston, then the final two games are at home, January 25 against Wallaceburg and February 1 against Amherstburg.


Mooretown Notes:

  • Blades netminder Eric Stewardson stopped 25 out of 29 shots.

  • Blenheim took 25 minutes in penalty time on 8 infractions, Mooretown took 27 minutes on 9 infractions.

  • Mooretown went one for three on the power play, Blenheim scored twice on four opportunities.

  • The Flags have five players out of the lineup:  Caden Fleming (fractured knee cap), Chad Beauchamp (broken hand), Jeff Schroeter (broken ankle), Brett Podgorski (illness) and Mitchell Minder who was recently acquired fom the Legionnaires is  out with a shoulder injury.

  • Blenheim's Cam Aiken was selected first star, Mooretown Sam Jasmin second and Brandon Johnson was selected third.

Mooretown Flags Hockey Club
1st Prize: Two Tickets to All Memorial Cup Games
2nd Prize: Four Tickets to Detroit Tigers (2014)
3rd Prize:  2 Tickets to Detroit Red Wings (2014-15)
$5 each - 3 for $10 - 10 for $30
Tickets available at Mooretown Flags Home Games or Call:
Bob Barnes - 519-867-2136
Joe Lavers - 519-862-1327
Chuck Melton - 519-869-4592




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