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PENETANG TAKES CARE OF ERIN
September 24, 2011Posted by on
The first period was evenly matched with Penetang failing to convert on two powerplay opportunities. Late in the period Pentetangs John Meeks floated a wrist shot from just inside the blue line that a partially screened Craig Rylett couldn’t handle and the home side took a 1-0 lead into the second.
The second period turned into a western shootout seeing the two teams trade three goals each. It was generally sloppy play with defenceman from both team caught cheating resulting in two breakaways for Penetang, one for Erin and three two on ones for each team.
The third was the best played period of the game where the team traded scoring chances and big hits. Jacob Robitaille scored the insurance goal late in the period after several nice chances by Erin. In addition to Robitaille and Meeks… Brad Payne, Hayden Cole and Taylor Steele found the back of the net. For Erin it was Rob Mair, Bill Hostrawser, Nick Pereira and Kyle Bennett.
Highlights for the Penetang Kings were Zach Leduc with his speed and agility, John Meeks with good hard play in both ends and his goal, and Shawn Moser who was all over the puck every shift. Hayden Cole was the most impressive player on the ice this night. He is a quick puck moving d man who sees the ice very well and he was extremely impressive. Jacob Robitaille had on off night, along with d men Tyler Lumley and Chris Sinkic. These guys will need to step it up if the Kings are going to challenge in the long run. The Kings defense showed some vulnerabilities with their speed when Erin pressed them hard in the neutral zone to create a few scoring chances.
For the Erin Shamrocks it was vet Rob Mair who carried the team. Nobody works harder than this kid up and down the ice, and he’s not afraid to give up the puck to teammates. Goaltender Craig Rylett was solid but had two questionable goals that marred his night. Erin has a team four fairly solid lines that will keep them in a lot of games. Nick Pereira is a big skilled forward that needs to compete at both ends and up his work ethic and he could be a difference maker. The Shamrocks defence is their Achilles heal right now with extremely soft net front and d zone coverage’s.