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Red Caravan edge out Green in Novice final
andrew brethauer December 28th, 2011

Sarnia, ON - The Red Caravan edged out the Green Caravan 2-1 in the Novice finals of the 11th annual Tim Horton's House League Tournament Wednesday afternoon at the Clearwater Arena.

To open the first, the Red Caravan had the early chance, but Mitchell Clarke came up with a big stop on the breakaway to keep the game tied. Back the other way, Green would get their own chance on net, but Kevin Nguyen would get across the crease quick enough to make a stop keeping it scoreless.

With the period coming close to an end, Red Caravan would get on the board. Kevin Grey would get the puck in the slot and put a wrist shot on net that got past Clarke to make it a 1-0 game after the first.

In the second, Green would get two chances to tie the game but Nguyen would come big twice. Aaron Smith would be stopped on a breakaway and Ewan Morrison would be stopped on a shot as well.

Those chances missed would prove costly, as Red Caravan would capitalize on a turnover in the Green zone, as Coltin Mitchell put a low shot on net that bear Clarke for the 2-0 red lead.

Green would be able to cut into the lead, as Morrison who was stopped earlier would get a second chance in the slot, and his shot would just get past Nguyen to make it a one goal game after two periods of play.

In the third, Clarke would come up with a big save for his team while down on a 5-on-3 powerplay, as Red rushed three players to the net, but Clarke came up with the puck. Green would have a few chances on the penalty kill despite being two men down, but penalty troubled hampered them from getting back on the attack.

Aaron Smith would have the best chance for Green to tie the game, but would flip the puck over the net despite having lots of time alone in front.

Green would pull their goalie but would not be able to find the equalizer, as Red Caravan went on to the 2-1 victory, winning the Novice Championship.



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