Mooretown Flags Jr C Celebrate Home Opener Win
September 14, 2013

The last home opener win was back in 2009 - 2010 when today's Head Coach Jordan Pennesi was then Team Captain as the Flags celebrate their 2013-14 home opener with a 3 - 1 win over the Wallaceburg Lakers in Great Lakes Junior C Hockey League action.

"I thought tonight went pretty well." Head Coach Jordan Pennesi said after the game "It's good to see the crowd too.  It is always a good crowd when Wallaceburg comes."

Wallaceburg took the lead at 8:39 in the first period when Jacob Theoret scored assisted by Scott Lubbers and Lucais Meyskens.  Macgregor Haddon tied things up at 10:19 taking a pass in front of the net from Clay Williams and Caden Fleming.  First period ended with both sides a one apiece.

"The first period a little sloppy but as the game went on we got better." Pennesi said

In the second period Jeff Schroeter slammed one past Wallaceburgs netminder Joel Sowinski with help from Sam Jasmin and Frankie White.  The game winning goal was scored at 11:03.

At 11:40 in the third Mooretown added the insurance goal while on a power play.  Clay Williams from Caden Fleming and Macgregor Haddon score.  Action continued as the Flags held off the attack to take their first home opener win in five years.

Mooretown outshot the Lakers 44 - 32.  Brandon Johnson earned the win with 31 saves, Sowinski took the loss with 41 saves.

"Feels really nice I was really surprised as Wallaceburg played really well."  Netminder Brandon Johnson said. "But we have a great group of guys here and they just came to play tonight and I couldn't have done it without my team."

This is Johnson second year with the Flags.    "We struggled last year from the get go and didn't get a win half way through the season so that was a big thing in my rookie season, but this year getting it in the second game feels real nice." Johnson said

Mooretown's penalty kill worked well as they took 38 minutes total in penalty minutes giving the Lakers nine power play opportunities. The Lakers were unable to capitalize and went zero on the nine opportunities.  The Lakers took 28 minutes in penalties giving the Flags six opportunities which the Flags scored one.

"Basically it's discipline, we got to stay out of the penalty box" Pennesi said  "We were in the box way too much. I think that kind of gave them a reason to stay in the game. "Five on five hockey is what we need to be playing, we are way better when we have all four of our lines rolling."

Next up the Flags are back at home when they host the Alvinston Flyers on Saturday September 21, with a puck drop at 7:30.

"It's coming, I can tell by the dressing room they seem to be a tight group of guys so far. They look pretty good so far with them just playing together for the first time. The more weeks go by these guys are going to be pretty good." Pennesi said



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