Mooretown Flags lost in Shoot Out to the Blenheim
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
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.
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
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.
Flags Hockey Club
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