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Mooretown Flags Made Comeback but was Denied
Saturday October 19, 2014


The Mooretown Flags playing under the direction of new head coach Blake Morrison lost 4 - 3 at home against the Alvinston Flyers.

"Having experienced this for the first time I certainly observed some things." Morrison said "A coach is a teacher and a critic and in turn I saw things I can constructively critique. There's a list so I'll prioritize that and we'll work on it and we'll be better."


Both sides were solid in the first period and it wasn't until 17:25 when the Flyers scored the first goal short handed.

"I'll take responsibility for that." Morrison said "Because I left the number one power play unit on for the draw that led to the rush. I should have changed that up."


Karsten Berg scored the short handed goal unassisted.

In the second period Ryan Lyle found the opening for the Flags with Brett Thompson and Sam Jasmin earning the assist.  Mooretown then ran into penalties and the Flyers scored two power play goals to take a 3 - 1 lead after two periods of play.  Karsten Berg and Hunter Bryce scored the power play goals for the Flyers.


"This is a game of passion but you got to harness that emotion." Morrison said "I never ever want them to play without it.  If you got high energy players that are playing on the edge I expect penalties for sure. To be more discipline, yes, you have to be to win. I mean, two power play goals...so often it's the special teams that determine the game."


Jeremy Van Deven closed the door tighter scoring the fourth goal for the Flyers at 4:34.  As the game was heading into the final minutes and with Alvinston leading 4 - 1, the Flags fought back and at 18:59 Ryan Lyle scored his second of the game assisted by Sam Jasmin and Brett Thompson.



Time out was called by Morrison and the excitement level climbed. Ten seconds after the previous goal Sam Jasmin slap one in from the far side to narrow the lead to one.  Thompson and Lyle picked up the assists on the play.


Flags pulled their goalie but time ran out and Alvinston took a sigh of relief finishing with the win.


"Every coach brings a different set of priorities and for me one of the things that I think is key to success in this game is turnovers. You can't turn the puck over particularly in the neutral zone blue line and we were not really good at that tonight."


Alvinston outshot Mooretown 34 - 30.  Brandon Johnson made some huge saves in the game for Mooretown with a total of 30 in the game.  Brett Avery made 27 for Alvinston.



"They're goalie played well but our goalie played extremely well. He is a player and I was very happy with what I saw there."  Morrison said


Mooretown was zero for four on power play opportunities Alvinston scored twice on seven.



The Flags record stands at 2 - 7 - 1 .  The team is on the road for the next two games with the first in Wheatley on Saturday October 25 and then on Wednesday October 29 they are in Wallaceburg.  Next home game is set for Saturday November 1.


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