Mooretown Flags Defeat Lakeshore in Round One


The Mooretown Flags defeated the Lakeshore Canadiens in a solid 8 - 3 win before 500 hometown hockey fans to take their first series in game seven in the Great Lakes Jr. C Hockey League playoffs.

"I'm really happy it was us who came out ahead and I'm just really proud of the perseverance of our team throughout the series." said Head Coach Doug Slipacoff  "The ups and downs, just sticking with it and believing in each other. we deserve this and I'm glad we got it."



The Flags stunned the Canadiens in the first period going up 4 - 0 after Ben Morrison scored the first goal unassisted at 8:11 then the Flags went on and scored three short handed goals, the last two on the same penalty.


"That's the funny thing about a game seven is you never know." said Slipacoff  "There's always quirky games but to score three short handed goals in the first period alone I can definitely say never in a million years I would have guess that outcome."


Ryan Lyle from Joe DeSena, Jakob Reeves from Mike Kindrachuck and DeSena from Lyle scored the three short handed goals.



In the second Matt Brandon's unassisted goal widened the lead to 5 - 0 at the 5:00 minute mark but :18 seconds later the shut out was denied when Brenden Crundwell scored on a power play.


Jakob Reeves scored his second of the night at 12:55 with Kyle Smith and Landon Wilson assisting and Ryan Lyle scored his second at 15:26 with DeSena and brother Christian Lyle assisting.  The second period ended with the Flags leading 8 - 1.



In the third the intensity of the game lessoned but three goals were scored in the period the first by Lakeshore on a power play at 11:00 by Parker Boyle.  Joe DeSena picked up his second goal of the night and his 4th point in the game scoring unassisted at 15:13 and with 1:05 left in the game Brenden Crundwell scored the final goal for Lakeshore.

"After last night's game (4 - 3 loss in Lakeshore) I didn't really say a lot,  I just went in and told them we don't have time to feel sorry for ourselves.  This morning I sent an email saying keep believing and be ready to play tonight and they took it to heart."

Despite losing the Canadiens outshot the Flags 43 - 39. 


Flags Netminder Brandon Johnson in his final year earned his fourth win of the series making 40 saves.


"BJ (Brandon) was here at 5:00 pm for a game at 7:30 sitting in his stall.  He knew it could have been his last game if we didn't do it and he played phenomenal.  I told him he's MVP of the first series for sure." Slipacoff said


Colin Lauzon made 14 saves in the game and was pulled in the second after the 5th goal and replaced by Colin Tetreault who made 17 saves.


Both sides had five power play opportunities where Mooretown scored only once and Lakeshore scored twice.


The Flags move on to round two where they will have their work cut out as they take on the league leaders Essex 73's who defeated the Alvinston Flyers in four straight in their first series.  The 73's have been sitting idle since February 12th waiting for the outcome of this series.

"We haven't had a whole lot of luck in Essex this year so the way I see it we are due for a better game there." said Slipacoff on their upcoming opponent. "They'll be a handful but were excited to get on to round two."


The series is expected to begin this Tuesday in Essex.  Full schedule to be announce shortly.






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