Legion Midgets complete sweep of Mooretown Jr. Flags, News (St. Marys Minor Hockey)

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Legion Midgets complete sweep of Mooretown Jr. Flags
Submitted By Rachael Torrance on Friday, January 24, 2020
Rock team will now meet Petrolia in next playoff round

By Pat Payton

The Royal Canadian Legion A-E Midgets completed a three-game sweep of the Jr. Flags here Wednesday night.

A shortened bench due to injury and exams was met head-on by a determined 11-player Rock team, who skated to a 4-1 victory.

“The boys came out hard and took control of the game from the start,” reported head coach Bob Davis. “The team showed excellent puck movement in the offensive zone with several chances to score. Kirk Boreham and Maurice Kiestra both scored in the first from excellent passing plays.”

Mooretown, having added several affiliate players to their roster for the night, pushed hard throughout the second period and close the gap to 2-1.

There may have been fatigue, but there was no let up by St. Marys in the third as they came out skating. The visitors controlled most of the play throughout the final frame and killed off several penalties while doing so. After several close calls, forward Ben Richardson scored a big goal early in the period to turn the tide. Sam Watt added an empty-net goal late in the game to seal the victory and the best-of-five OMHA playoff series.

“We really shut down the scoring area in front of our net tonight,” said assistant coach Andrew Davis. “Our defence moved the puck quickly as well which kick started the offense repeatedly.”

“Even with a shortened bench, the boys played hard right to the end tonight,” added trainer Ken Schiedel.

With goalie Nolan Shackleton sidelined with injury, Nic Kiestra posted his third straight net win.

In the three-game sweep, the Legion squad out-scored the Jr. Flags 13-2.

St. Marys 4 - Mooretown 1

In Game 2 the previous night at the PRC, the Legion Midgets got off to a slow start and “seemed to struggle to find any rhythm,” coach Bob Davis noted. “It was obvious that Mooretown had come to play and forced most of the play in the first period.”

Gage Barcley-Rowe took control with a power move to the net and scored late in the period for a 1-0 St. Marys lead. This seemed to spark the team and the Rock were a much different team in the second period.

The offence began to click, resulting in two more goals from Jeremy Stephens and Sam Watt. Good defensive-zone coverage in the third kept the opposition at bay, while Josh McCurdy sealed the 4-1 win by adding a late tally to the scoreboard.

“We didn’t bring our ‘A’ game tonight, but managed to find some flow after a slow first period,” commented assistant coach Mike Johnson. 

Note: The Legion Midgets will now meet Petrolia Oilers in the next playoff round. The series opener is Wednesday, Jan. 29 in Petrolia, with Game 2 in St. Marys on Monday, Feb. 3 at 8:30 p.m.

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