Redmen Fail to Widen Gap Over Kodiaks

July 8, 2007
For Immediate Release
Waterloo, ON

Coming in to the weekend the Redmen were three points up on the Kitchener Waterloo Kodiaks for the final playoff spot. The teams met this weekend in a home and home series and the Redmen had a chance to increase their lead. The Redmen won round one last night in Whitby by 14-13 and a win this evening would have been encouraging. However, the Kodiaks showed pride and grit and salvaged a win to earn the all important two points to keep pace. The Kodiaks have a game in hand over the Redmen as the regular season is winding down.

Matt Roik was called on for netminder duties in the Brooklin net and Toronto Rock back-up Mike Poulin went in for the Kodiaks. Tom Moxam and Mark Gardonio were assigned by the OLA as referees.

The first period was akin to a hockey game as both teams scored only one goal for a tie after twenty minutes. Ex-Redmen Kasey Beirnes opened the scoring on the night at the halfway mark of the period to give the home side a 1-0 lead. Wes McDonald evened the game with 30 seconds on the clock. The Redmen won the ensuing face-off and strategized during a time out to no avail. Shots on net after one were 12-10 in favour of the Kodiaks.

The middle frame also suffered from a lack of offence as both defences held tough. The Kodiaks scored twice in 15 seconds to open a 3-1 lead. Shawn Williams, on a beautiful behind the back shot on what appeared to be a near broken play and Jeff Zywicki, with the teams playing three on three tied it at 3-3 with just over two minutes on the clock. The Kodiaks had the last laugh as a goal a minute later made it 4-3 for the home team. Shots on net were 17-15 for the Redmen for a two period total of 27-27. The second frame also saw some rough stuff. Dave Campbell came to the aid of Gavin Prout and reminded Nick Inch not to mess with one of Brooklin’s star players; each were sent off for five minutes for fighting and Prout joined them for roughing.

There were a total of seven goals scored over the first two periods and a staggering 12 scored in total in the final frame alone, as the defensive dam could no longer hold back the flurry of scorers. The Redmen capitalized on some Kodiaks penalties and notched both of their power play goals in that final period. With five minutes off the clock it was 6-5 for the Kodiaks prior to their three goal outburst and it was 9-5 for the home side with only 10 minutes to go in regulation time. Brad Reed finished off a clinic style passing play from Gavin Prout and Jeff Zywicki for some hope. The Kodiaks did enough right on this stormy evening at the Waterloo Memorial Recreation Centre and held on for the 11-8 win. Shots on net total 42-41 in favour of the Redmen. Brooklin is still three points up for the final playoff spot; however, the Kodiaks have a game in hand.

The Redmen have two home dates remaining as they host Barrie on July 11, 2007 and Peterborough on July 14, 2007. They close out the regular season on the road July 19, 2007 in Brampton.

Scoring – Brooklin – Williams (2), Griffiths (1,1), Reed (1,3), Zywicki (2,3), McBride (1), Suddons (0,1), McDonald (1)

Scoring – KW – Montgomery (1,1), Watt (2,1), Benesch (2,2), Fleming (0,2), Beirnes (3,1), Inch (1), Cormack (1), Francey (0,1)

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