Hopcroft’s Offensive Outburst Leads Redmen to Semi Finals

July 29, 2010
Whitby, ON

The Brooklin Redmen came in to tonight’s game with a 3-0 series lead over the KW Kodiaks but knew three things: these teams are very evenly matched, game four in this kind of series is the hardest to win and the Kodiaks weren’t going to roll over. Incredibly after tonight’s game the total difference in goals was only five.

Kurtis Wagar and Mike Poulin took their spots in their respective nets. Veterans Mark Gardonio and Brent McCauley were the whistle blowers for the night.

The visitors struck first as ex-Redmen Kasey Beirnes scored and recent Team Canada silver medallist, Corey Small made it 2-0 with three minutes left in the opening frame. Caleb Wiles scored for the Redmen and 40 seconds later Derek Hopcroft scored his first of five on the night on the power play and the teams went to break knotted at 2-2.

The Redmen outscored the Kodiaks 5-3 in the middle frame. Hopcroft’s second was a shorthanded marker and Wiles scored a beauty using the defender as a screen and found the bottom corner behind Poulin. Redmen were up 7-5 with 20 minutes to play.

The Kodiaks must have had a good chat at break and head coach Greg Hummel found some inspirational messages as his team charged out of the gate and by the time there was 4:51 off the clock they had reeled off three straight for an 8-7 lead. The Redmen matched that intensity and scored two more to regain the lead. At 11:39 the tandem of Wiles and Hopcroft engineered some decent checking to recover the ball and Hopcroft with his fourth made it 9-8 for the Redmen. Once again the Kodiaks answered and in a 23 second span got goals from Small and Mark Tinning for the 10-9 lead with six minutes left in regulation. The Redmen would not be denied and Wiles scored with 4:43 on the clock and Hopcroft scored the eventual winner with 2:56 showing. The Redmen hung on for the 11-10 win and 4-0 series win.

The Redmen now await the results of the Six Nations and Ajax Pickering series to determine their semi-final opponent. The Chiefs are up three games to none after a 10-4 win tonight, the series shifts to Ajax Pickering on Sunday August 4, 2010 at 4:00 pm for game four.

Gardonio and McCauley did a good job of calling an even game with four minors to each team, the Redmen had one short handed and one power play while the Kodiaks were able to score one on the extra man.

Scoring

Brooklin – R Campbell (0,5), Adamson (1,1), Wiles (3,2), Griffiths (1,1), Hopcroft (5,3), Brownell (1,1), Dunn (0,1), S Campbell (0,1), Ball (0,3)

KW – Beirnes (1,1), Cutten (1), Learn (0,3), Lackey (0,2), Lukanchoff (0,1), Thorimbert (1,1), Williams (0,2), Tinning (2,3), Bland (0,1), Small (4,1), Harnett (1)

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Contact: Mark Stehlin 416.525.5624

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