Mooretown Flags Move in Second Place

December 6, 2015



The Mooretown Flags Jr C hockey team leapt into second place last night before the home crowd after defeating the Amherstburg Admirals 5 - 2.

"Great effort by all four lines and great 60 minute game top to bottom from BJ (Brandon Johnson) out to the D to Forwards." Head Coach Doug Slipacoff said after the game. "Very happy to be in second place that's a great accomplishment for the team."


Going into the game the Admirals shared second with Blenheim by a single point in the Great Lakes Jr. C Hockey league.



Special teams were a factor in this game as the first three goals were scored on power plays and one shorthanded goal.

"Itís funny because last night I was giving it to them for special teams." said Slipacoff  "Currently we are supporting the worse power play in the league and we have the third worst penalty kill in the league and yet we are in second place."


"So tonight they contributed and thatís why we won 5 Ė 2 instead of 3-2 or 2-2. Special teams make a big difference. Short handed goal, two power play goals = 5 Ė 2 game there you go Bingo."



In the first period Alec Segers fired one in on a power play after a series of plays from Colton Osborne and Matt Brandon.  Jakob Reeves found himself at the side of the net and banged it into the back door to score the second power play goal.  Osborne and Ryan Lyle assisted on the play.  Less than a minute later Blake Rutckyj scored the first goal for Amherstburg and the first period ended with the Flags leading 2 - 1.


Second period action saw the Flags on a penalty kill and Cameron Rannie pick up the pass from Jakob Reeves and skated in to score the third goal shorthanded at 3:27.  Action continued and at 17:33 Parker Gilhuly from Trevor Bogaert and Matt Brandon gave the Flags the 4 - 1 lead heading into the third.



In the third period  both sides went end to end and in a desperate attempt to tighten the score Amherstburg pulled their goalie at 17:39 for the extra attacker which paid off as Curtis Prymack scored. However Prymack took a slashing penalty less than a minute later giving the Flags another power play opportunity but the two sides remained even as the Admiral goalie remained out of their net and Ryan Lyle finished the game scoring into the empty net.


In total the Flags scored three goals on six power play opportunities.  Amherstburg was scoreless on five opportunities.


Brandon Johnson earned the win turning away 30 shots.  Daniel Tonietto took the loss with 27 saves.



The Flags are now 15-8-2 for the season and one point ahead of Blenheim who are in action tonight (Sunday) against the league leaders Essex 73's.


"Itís got to be 10 years since they were in second place at this time of the season." Slipacoff added, and his guess was correct as the last time the Flags were in second was in 2005-06 season.


"Itís exciting especially for the kids who came back and BJ being our only vet you always love to see a kid in his last year stepping up to the challenge. Heís the best goalie in the league and half the reason we are in second place so itís good to see."

The Flags are back in action next weekend with a Friday night game in Belle River against Lakeshore and a home game against Blenheim on Saturday.

"We havenít been there (Lakeshore) since the start of the season so I expect that to be a very tough game." Slipacoff said "They lost Friday night so I anticipate they will be pretty ready when we go in there." 

Mooretown and Lakeshore have met twice so far this season with each sharing home games.  The Flags won both games in over time with the same score of 4 - 3.  Lakeshore is currently in 6th place with a record of 10-10-2-3.






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