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Alvinston Flyers lost New year opener in Jr. C action
January 2, 2012

In Great Lakes Jr C hockey action the Alvinston Flyers opened the 2012 with game one of a home/home series against the Blenheim Blades.  The Blades took the first game with a final score of 6 - 3.


Blenheim opened the scoring in the first period with just a 1:23 off the clock.  Tyler Clarke scored the game opener for the Blades.  Midway into the period Dylan Lightfoot scored a power play goal for Alvinston to even the score and the two sides skated to the end of the period with the score remaining at 1 - 1.

In the second Blenheim added a pair the first by Jordan Regier and the second by neven Wiebenga.  Jake McPhail narrowed the gap scoring on the power play but late in the period Thomas Innes scored the third goal for Blenheim on the power play to end the period leading 4 - 2.


In the third Alvinston scored to again narrow the gap by one and the two sides went end to end until the final minute of the game when Alvinston pulled their goalie only to have Thomas Innes score into the empty net at 19:24.  The Blades went on and added a final goal with just :01 second left on the clock to add to the tally.  Justin Rossignol scored the final goal.


Blenheim outshout Alvinston by a total of 36 - 21.  Reid Rankin took the loss making a total of 30 saves.  Dylan Vanderpol won with 18 saves. 

Alvinston went 2 for 6 in power play opportunities, Blenheim went 1 for 3.


The win for Blenheim (17-12-1OTL -35pts) gave them the number 1 spot in the North Division standings race pushing Mooretown (16-12-2OTL - 34pts) into 2nd place.  Alvinston 14-15-3OTL - 31 pts) remains in 3rd place.


Blenheim and Alvinston are back in action on Friday January 6 in Alvinston for game 2 of the series.  Game time at 7:30pm.





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