Merchants Produce a Dominant Effort to Win in Ennismore

By Mark Stehlin

The Brooklin Merchants (2-1) took to the road tonight for a trip to Ennismore and a battle with the James Gang (0-3). A second road win in succession for the visitors as they were on the winning end of an 18-4 win.

Head Coach Ryan Degerdon told his team “don’t focus on the opponent but rather ensure that we continue to develop good habits”.  

He has been reinforcing the importance of “building a winning culture” adding that for tonight's game he “challenged the defence to hold the opponents to two goals per period and for the offence to register five goals per period”.

He was happy to report that his players accomplished the plan on both ends of the floor.

Period scoring was 5-2, 7-1 and 6-1.

Deacon Knott was in net in front of his hometown family and friends and faced 40 shots from the James Gang while the Merchants fired 69 shots at Ennismore keeper Drew Huthchison.

Scoring for the Merchants were Ben MacDonnell, Ed Renaud and Christian Watts with three each, a pair each for John Wheller, Kellen Pulera and Parker Pipher and singles to Darren Elliot,  Cody Hamley and Ciaron Costello.

The Merchants (3-1) have a couple of days off before they host Owen Sound (2-0) on Friday at 8:00 p.m. at Luther Vipond Memorial Arena to kick off the May long-weekend holiday.