"We deserved a better outcome tonight
but couldn't find the back of the net." said Head Coach Doug
Slipacoff after losing to the Wheatley Sharks 3 - 2 at home Saturday
night in the Great Lakes Jr. C Hockey league game.
This is the second of back to back
weekend games between the Flags and Sharks. Last Saturday in
Mooretown the Flags defeated the Sharks 5 - 3.
In a see saw first period where all the
goals were scored the Flags took an early lead with the first goal
at 1:28 by Ryan Lyle from Joe DeSena and Trevor Bogaert.
Wheatley followed just under a minute later to even the score on a
goal scored by Calyn Kir. The Flags regained the lead at 7:48
on an unassisted goal by Cameron Rannie but the Sharks Andreas
Gossman came back at 10:54 and tied things up once again. The
final and eventual game winner was scored by Brett Bowman at 13:20.
"It was a tough loss for sure."
Slipacoff said "We came out fast and played a great offensive period
and the fore check was clicking. It's one of those losses that's
hard to explain."
Slipacoff also commented and gave credit
to Mike Kinderchuk and Colin Osler who he said played great along
with the line of Ryan Lyle, Joe Desena and Cameron Rannie.
Wheatley outshot the Flags 44 - 37.
Brandon Johnson took the loss in net for the home team and Adam
Leboeuf earned the win.
"We hit the post 3 or 4 times, but give
credit to their goalie he made big saves when needed in the last 40
Both teams were scoreless on the power
play. Mooretown had two opportunities and Wheatley had just
Slipacoff admits that there is bad blood
between the coaches as the two got into a heated shouting match
after the second period.
"Some bad blood between teams makes for
intense rivalry games. Can't wait to go to Wheatley and play them
on their ice!" The two teams meet again on Monday November 23rd in
The Flags holds onto the one point lead
over Blenheim and remains in 4th spot in the standings race with a
record of 9 - 7. The team is back in action on Tuesday
November 10th when they face the Flyers in Alvinston. The
Flyers are 2 points behind the Flags with a record of 7-8-1-1.
Game time in Alvinston is set for 7:30 pm.