Redmen Conquer Chiefs in Must Win Game
Tonight was a must win for the Brooklin Redmen who with a loss, would have been trailing the series 3-1. The Redmen bus pulled up to the ILA at 6:45 p.m. and players were greeted with a good sized crowd on hand to cheer for their team who had not registered a loss on home turf all season.
Wayne Colley gave Mike Poulin his second consecutive start in net, Dillon Ward was in the pipes again for the Chiefs.
The Redmen jumped out to an early 2-0 lead on goals from Dan Lintner and Shayne Jackson. The Chiefs defenders punished Redmen offensive players all night in an effort to throw them off their game. This was a tactic that did not work as they kept going to the net and bouncing back from hard hitting checks. The Redmen lead after the first period 3-2.
The second was more of the same that included a short handed marker from Graeme Hossack on a quick transition that saw him in alone on Ward where he found a gap under the keeper’s left arm. Score after forty minutes was 6-4 for the Redmen.
The third period was high scoring as the Redmen won it 4-3. Each time the Chiefs scored and looked to swing momentum in their favour the Redmen answered and found a way to keep the Chiefs coaching looking for answers.
All in all a solid team effort that resulted in a 10-6 win for the Redmen.
Chris Lawrence and Blair Ferguson had their hands full with disgruntled Chiefs players. They handed Cody Jamieson a 10 minute misconduct for arguing and Billy Dee Smith a game misconduct for the same in the middle of the third.
Notes: Mike Poulin played solid in Redmen net, shots recorded as 44-37 in favour of the Chiefs, Junior star Austin Staats in Chiefs debut scored twice and added a helper, first loss at home for Chiefs all season.
Series is now best two of three and the Redmen have regained home floor advantage. Game 5 is Friday 8 pm at IPSC, game 6 is Saturday at the ILA at 7 pm and game 7, if needed, is Tuesday Aug 16 at IPSC.