Second Period Breakdown Too Much to Overcome

by Mark Stehlin

June 3, 2009
Whitby, ON

The Brooklin Redmen limped into tonight’s contest with a record of 1-4 and looked to get back to winning ways. The Six Nations Chiefs on the other hand were at 1-1 with a win and a loss to Brampton. Despite a solid effort in the first period the home side struggled at both ends of the floor and an 8-1 second period in favour of the Chiefs was the difference in their 15-10 win.

The Redmen scored the first two goals and by the end of the first twenty minutes looked to be in control with a 5-3 lead. Jon Durno corralled a loose ball in his end of centre and ran the length of the floor, depositing it behind Ken Montour for a great short-handed marker; Durno had scored earlier in the period as well.

The middle frame would be the downfall for the Redmen on this night as defense and offense were non-existent for 20 minutes. Roger Vyse scored the first two for Six Nations one on a power play to tie the game with just over six minutes off the clock. Shawn Williams answered just a minute later on the man advantage. However, the visitors scored six unanswered in the final 10 minutes of the second for an 11-6 lead with one period to play.

Derek Hopcroft came to play tonight, he scored his third of the game at 12:33 as he drove through the defense and buried one from a tough angle while seemingly off balance. The final frame was a little more solid as the Redmen tried to close the gap but the damage of the second period was too much to overcome and the Redmen dropped the game 15-10 to go 1-5 with 1/3 of their season in the books.

Frustration was evident in the game for the Redmen as Tyler Worden and an unlikely Delby Powless dropped the gloves with five minutes remaining. In the first, Geoff Griffiths and Murray Porter exchanged blows as well.

PJ Johnston and Jason Wiswell called a fairly even game with 22 minutes in penalties to the Redmen and 26 to the Chiefs. Each team scored one power play goal while the Redmen added one shorthanded.

The Redmen can regroup before their next game Wednesday June 10, 2009 at 8 pm vs the Peterborough Lakers.

Player of Game for Brooklin was Derek Hopcroft and for Six Nations Cody Jamieson.

Scoring

Brooklin – Hopcroft 3,1, Williams 1,4, Hoar 1,2, Hutchins 1,2, O’Brien 0,2, Mainer 1, Crashley 1,2, Durno 2, Wagar 0,2, O’Brien 0,2

Six Nations – Pacey 1, K Squire 2,1, Tom Montour 2,4, Smith 0,1, Sullivan 0,1, Smith 1, Hill 0,1, K Jamieson 1, Kicknosway 0,1, Powless 1,.4, Conn 0,3, C Jamieson 3,2, Greenhalgh 2,1 Vyse 4,2, Montour 0,2

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Contact: Mark Stehlin 416.525.5624

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