Mooretown Flags Defeat Amherstburg
november 16, 2013

Photos and Story by PAT BRETHAUER


In Mooretown Saturday night the Flags defeated the Amherstburg Admirals 7 - 5 in Great Lakes Jr C Hockey League action.

"I thought it was a pretty good game." Head Coach Jordan Pennesi said  "Second period we got into a bit of penalty trouble and a little bit in the third but it was good to get the two points."

The first three goals in the game were power play goals with Mooretown scoring two the first by Spencer Bronzi at 1:09 into the game from Clay Williams and Macgregor Haddon.  Adam Hayes set up the second power play goal after rifling it in from the blueline that caught the stick of Adam Hayes that redirected into the net.  Chad Beauchamp earned an assist on the play. 

Amherstburg's Steven Spada scored power play goal number three in the game and in the final minute of the period Caden Fleming gave the Flags a 3 - 1 lead with Austin Ainsworth and David Addley assisting on the goal.

Brett Thompson started things off in the second with Brandon Layman and Sam Jasmin assisting.  Chad Beauchamp scored the fifth goal to widen the Flags lead to 5 - 1.

"With the five to one lead we got to make sure we are not getting too complacent thinking everything was going to come easy for the rest of the game."  Pennesi said "But we worked hard for the full 60 minutes."

Amherstburg Mark Sobocan was pulled down on a breakaway and was given a penalty shot but his shot went wide.

Mooretown penalty problems continue and Amherstburg's Steven Spada scored his second power play goal.  Later in the period the Admirals continue to fight back and narrowed the gap on an unassisted goal by Blake Rutckyj.  Another late goal in the last minute of the period by Jeff Schroeter gave the Flags a 6 - 3 lead heading into the third period.  Macgregor Haddon and Dan Lumley earned assist on the goal.

Things got tense for the Flags as the Admirals Dan Matoski scored followed by a power play goal by Tyler Lawrence and the gap narrowed to 6 - 5.  The Flags found themselves short one man near the end of the game but Austin Ainsworth picked up the pass and skated in and scored the final goal shorthanded. 

Despite the number of questionable penalties called slowing down the pace of the game Coach Pennesi said he felt the calls were fair on both sides. "He called a consistent game."

Amherstburg took a total of 34 minutes on 10 infractions that included a 10 minute and a game misconduct.  Mooretown tallied 20 minutes on 10 infractions.

Amherstburg scored three goals on six power play opportunities, Mooretown scored two on eleven chances.

Amherstburg outshot the Flags 44 - 39.  Brandon Johnson gave the Flags the win with 39 saves. Chris Wallace and Klinton Kenney took the loss.  Wallace made 20 saves on 25 shots, Kenney made 12 on 14 shots.

Mooretown is now 9-7-1-1 for the season. The standing race is tight with Mooretown and Blenheim each with 20 points (Blenheim one game back) and Amherstburg (9-7-1) and Alvinston (9-8-0-1) tied with 19 points apiece.

Next Friday November 22 the Flags are in Alvinston then back at home on Saturday. Both games at 7:30 pm.

"Thatís going to be a really good games next week." Pennesi said "We got to put more wins together, we canít win one and lose one we got to string a few here together."

  • Mooretown has released Ryan Lyle and Brad Campbell to the Legionnaires recently.  "Iím real happy for those guys" Pennesi said "They (Legionnaires) went down with a couple of injuries so when they call for players we are not going to hold them back.  We want the kids to develop and play at the highest level.  I was disappointed to see them go but itís good to see them play at that level of hockey." 

  • Sam McCormack was not in the lineup due to an injury. He is expected back in a 3 - 4 weeks.

  • Jordan McBeath played in his final game with the Flags.   McBeath will be heading out west for work. "Itís bad timing." said Pennesi "But when the opportunity comes up to get a career job you have to do it."



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