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Mooretown Flags Win Home Opener in Shootout
Sunday september 14, 2014


The Mooretown Flags opened their season at home with a 3 - 2 shoot out win over the Wallaceburg Lakers in Great Lakes Jr. C Hockey league action.


"It was a little chippy at the start and it took a little time for the guys to get comfortable in the first game." Head Coach Gino Vitella said "I think we had a lot of nerves going through us but we fought through it to the end. Not the way I want to win all my games or I’m going to be losing all my hair."


Both teams went scoreless in the first period but the teams got the feel of the box on the other side of the rink as a total of thirty-eight minutes was racked up in penalty time between the two teams with the Flags leading with twenty two minutes and Wallaceburg sixteen.


"Penalties were a big issue in the first period." Vitalla said  "I think we were holding our sticks and had to hit everything that moved out there, we filled the box in the first but we did a good job killing those penalties. "I told the guys after the first lets clean up the game which we did and played five on five."

In the second both side settled in with only two penalties called in the period one by each team. 

Caden Fleming scored the first scored goal of the season for the Flags at 6:46 with Matt Brandon assisting.  As the announcement was being called Wallaceburg evened the score on a bullet shot by Mike Brown from Mike Kindrachuk just fifteen seconds later.  At 14:57 Sam Jasmin scored assisted by David Addley that gave the Flags the 2 - 1 lead heading into the third.


In the third period Flags Ryan Lyle and Lakers Evan Weidenback were ejected from the game for fighting.  Wallaceburg then went on and evened the score on a goal by Brendan Ritchie from Josh Berkvens and time ran out sending the game into five minute overtime. 


"Unfortunately we couldn’t get any bounces on five on five to get any goals so we had to see the overtime but we played well through the overtime and the guys did what we had to do in the shootout." Vitalla said 



Flags won the shootout 2 - 0 with Sam Jasmin and Dan Lumley scoring.



Mooretown outshot Wallaceburg 42 - 35.  Brandon Johnson earned his first win of the season with a total of 33 saves and denying both shooters in the shoot out.  Scotty gray mad a total of 39 saves for the Lakers.


Both sides were scoreless in power play opportunities.  Wallaceburg had nine opportunities, Mooretown had six.





The Flags will be back on the ice to prepare for Tuesday night when they travel to Essex to meet the 73's for the first time.  Essex early record stands at 0-1-1.

"Overall, I think guys are picking things up and getting better. Systems are coming into play a little bit after only a couple of practices though we still need to work on quite a few things but we’ll get there."





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