Monday, October 19th, 2009
Gades drop tough one to Storm after convincing win over Aylmer
Despite a terrific start to the season, the Woodstock Renegades still haven't fi gured out a way to temper the dangerous Simcoe Storm.
The Storm handed the Renegades their second loss of the Niagara and District Junior C League season Sunday in a 5-2 decision that left a confident Woodstock team bruised. "We're licking out wounds, that's what we're doing," Woodstock head coach Dave McLaren said.
A quick turnover early in the game set the tone and, by the end of the fi rst, Woodstock was trailing by three goals. Phil Bethune notched a hat trick in the Simcoe win while Zane Neilly and Colton Thornton supplied singles.
"We made some mistakes, and you have to correct those," McLaren said. "We have up too many odd-man rushes." The Renegades responded with goals from Mike Brilhante and Dan Phillips but, despite a better effort in the third, couldn't make it any closer. McLaren, though, was pleased with how his Renegades turned Friday's slowerthan- usual start against the Aylmer Spitfires into a decisive 7-3 win. Down early in the game, the Renegades seized control in the second period, erasing a 2-1 defi cit with three quick goals from Brilhante, Spencer Sweazy and Cole Maher that left the Spitfires reeling.
"Tonight, we showed some real character," McLaren said. "We're usually quick out of the gate, but we had to come back from being two down."
Even with the Renegades spending much of Friday's game short-handed, their offence didn't seem to slow down. Woodstock's penalty kill limited the Spitfires to one power-play marker on 12 chances while notching a pair of short-handed goals.
Maher added his second goal of the game on an early thirdperiod power play while Dan Phillips and a short-handed Devon Young (EN) rounded out the Woodstock scoring.
"They're playing with a ton of confidence right now," McLaren said.
The Spitfires opened Friday's game with goals from Curtis Maracle (pp) and Adam Brisson, giving Aylmer fans a brief vision of an upset against the better Woodstock club. While Joey Hunter scored a third goal for Aylmer early in the final period, it wouldn't help alleviate what has been a dismal start for the Spitfires.