MORRIS TIP-IN CAPS WILD FINISH, GIVES OIL KINGS WIN OVER FLYERS
LEDUC, Alta. – Doug Morris tipped in the game-winner with 36 seconds to go, capping a wild finish and giving the host Leduc Oil Kings a 5-4 victory over the Moncton Flyers on Monday night.
Morris’ goal came 1:46 after Evan Polei tied the game for Leduc, and just seconds after a potential game-winning goal, which would have been credited to Morris, was waved off due to a high stick.
The Oil Kings became just the eighth host team in the last 20 years to open with a victory.
Carter Huebner and Cole MacDonald also scored for Leduc (1-0), while Kord Pankewicz added three assists in the victory. Oil Kings netminder Brett Zarowny made 18 saves as Leduc outshot Moncton 38-22, including 14-3 in the decisive third period.
Matt Bernier, with two, Shane Dallaire and Stephen Johnson had the goals for Moncton (0-1), which lost for just the second time in 23 games, dating back to the New Brunswick/P.E.I. Major Midget League regular season. Flyers captain Lindon Beckwith chipped in with three assists, while goaltender Vincent Charest stopped 33 shots in a losing cause.
Special teams played a major role for both teams; the Oil Kings and Flyers each had two power play goals and one shorthanded – Leduc was 2-for-6 on the power play, while Moncton finished 2-for-4 with the man advantage.
The Oil Kings are back in front of the home crowd at the Leduc Recreation Centre on Tuesday night against the Sudbury Nickel Capital Wolves (7:30 p.m. MT), while the Flyers face the Red Deer Rebels in an afternoon contest (4 p.m. MT).
|Game Information/Renseignements sur le match|
|Game #/No. de match||3||Round/Ronde||Preliminary|
|Arena/Aréna||Leduc Recreation Centre||Location/Lieu||Leduc, Alta.|
|Date||Monday, April 23, 2012||Time/Heure||7:30 PM MT|
|Moncton Flyers (ATL)||2||2||0||4|
|Leduc Oil Kings (HST)||2||1||2||5|
|Goals & Penalties/Buts et pénalités|
|First Period/Première période|
|Second Period/Deuxième période|
04:05 ATL 19 Matt Bernier (26 Lindon Beckwith)
16:56 HST 7 Cole MacDonald (21 Kord Pankewicz, 8 Doug Morris) PP
18:24 ATL 12 Stephen Johnson SH
|Third Period/Troisième période|
|Goaltenders/Gardiens de but|
|Moncton Flyers (ATL)||31 Vincent Charest|
|Leduc Oil Kings (HST)||31 Brett Zarowny|
|Shots on Goal/Tirs au but||1||2||3||Total|
|Moncton Flyers (ATL)||7||12||3||22|
|Leduc Oil Kings (HST)||13||10||14||37|