Mooretown Flags Take Game 5 and Leads the Series



On Saturday night in Mooretown the Flags took a 3 - 2 lead in the first round of the best of seven series against the Lakeshore Canadiens after defeating the Canadiens 3 - 2 in Great Lakes Jr C hockey playoffs.


"That was a pretty exciting game." said Head Coach Doug Slipacoff  "Not our best game we played, I think we played better last night (Flags won 4 - 2) but we found a way to persevere through their pressure. I told them that they got to be good to be lucky and lucky to be good so tonight we were both."



The Flags took an early lead at 4:14 after Landon Wilson found the opening in a scramble in front with Kyle Smith and Jakob Reeves picking up the assists.  Just over a minute later Alec Segers added the Flags second goal with Nolan Riley and Colton Osborn assisting.  Lakeshore scored at 7:37 after Logan Percy scored on a power play and the period would continue and end with the Flags up 2 - 1.


Second period action both sides were scoreless and the Flags continue to lead heading into the third.


Third period another scramble in front of the net and Blake Rutckj scored for Lakeshore to even the game at 2 - 2. 



Late in the third and the game closing in excitement erupted at 17:47 when blueliner Christian Lyle scored the game winner after taking a shot from the line. Cameron Rannie and Ryan Lyle earned assists on the winning goal.


Game winning goal scored by #6 Christian Lyle


"It's pretty much how every game gone so far, it's come down to the wire " said Flags netminder Brandon Johnson "Everything's been pretty much a goal difference. You can't give Christian Lyle enough credit for taking a beautiful shot and getting that goal at the end and pushing the boys through that was awesome."



Johnson also has been a big contributor in the Flags success.  In this game he turned away 27 of 29 shots and remain strong in the final minute of play after the Canadiens pulled their goalie for the extra man attacker.


"I haven't seen the team play this great and the nice thing about us is we have that brotherhood bond." Johnson said  "Every time we come here it's like being with your family so you can't beat it."


Colin Lauzon playing in his first playoff game in net for the Canadiens turned made 31 saves on 34 shots.


Mooretown went scoreless on three power play opportunities, Lakeshore scored once on two opportunities.



Mooretown now leading the series looks to end it in game six that is set for Friday February 19 at the Atlas Centre located in Belle River.  Game time 7:05 pm.


"It's really funny you go from getting no luck at all to all of a sudden you catch some breaks and bounces and momentum in a series."
said Slipacoff  "Were just going to keep doing what were doing and we'll let them adjust to us. We'll play our game because we know what we need to do to win."







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