In Great Lakes Jr C Hockey Exhibition Mooretown Flags and Wallaceburg Lakers settled for a 1 - 1 tie Thursday night in Mooretown before a packed house.
"It's been going really good this week" Mooretown Head Coach Jordan Penessi said "This is the first year we've had 15 - 16 sixteen year olds try out. All the boys have been working hard and it's been very intense. It's going to be tough to make a decision."
The Lakers scored first at 4:18 in the first period with Mike Brown assisted by Joe Daly scoring. Mooretown tied the game with just :03 seconds remaining in the second period with Dallas Harper from Drew Langlois and Kyle Smith scoring.
Third period and one overtime period didn't solve the game and the two teams settled for the tie.
Mooretown outshot the Lakers 26 - 10.
In the first period Wallaceburg outshout Mooretown seven to four. Wes Hughson was in net for Wallaceburg making 7 saves. Travis Moore allowed one goal with three saves.
In period two Wallaceburg outshout Mooretown thirteen to nine. Mooretown's Scott Gray shut out Wallaceburg in the second period making thirteen saves. Cole Lozon allowed one goal with eight saves for Wallaceburg.
In the third and OT period Mooretown looked the stronger of the two with action mostly in Wallaceburgs end and outshooting the Lakers ten to five. Josh Slaney made the ten saves for Wallaceburg with Riley Collins making five for the Flags.
Both sides went zero for two in power play opportunities.
"This should be a good season, there's a lot more players to choose from." Pennesi said "Usually we are looking for players here and there but this year there is a lot of players. Big bulk of 16 years, we can take 3 or 4 easily but because of the rule we are only allowed one."
Mooretown will make a few cuts after this game and they will play most of their team with just a couple of spots open in the next home exhibition.
Mooretown will be in Wallaceburg for their second exhibition on Wednesday September 4th then back at home on Saturday September 7. Both games begin at 7:30 pm.
Pennesi announced the signing of three players after the game. Returning goalie Brandon Johnson and newcomers Ryan Lyle and a Austin Ainsworth from the US.
Other new additions to the team is Assistant Coach Tyler Fraser who is replacing Josh Teschke who had to step down due to work commitments and Jason Tedball has also joined taking on the role of Assistant General Manager.