Flyers close the gap – but too late in Saturday game

November 11, 2015   ·   0 Comments

By Brian Lockhart

By Brian Lockhart

By Brian Lockhart

6-4 loss to Bu alo Jr Sabres

The Orangeville Jr. A Flyers managed to shut out the Buffalo Jr Sabres in the third period of Saturday (Nov. 7) night’s game in Orangeville, but the last period effort came too late for the Flyers to get back in a game that saw the Sabres score their first three goals on powerplay opportunities.

The Flyers gave up two man advantage goals in the first period before responding with a powerplay goal of their own from James McLaughlin with 25 seconds left in the first frame.
The second period saw the score gap widen when Buffalo notched a third powerplay goal just 59 seconds into play.

O-ville forward Connor Stack got one back when the Sabres were in the box to make it a 3-2 game.

The Sabres had a huge advantage when they scored three more second period goals to leave the Flyers trailing 6-2 going into the final 20 minutes of play.

In a final period bid to close the gap the Orangeville squad managed to shut down the Sabres scoring and found the back of the Buffalo net twice in the third period on goals from Derek Topatigh on another powerplay goal, and final marker from Brett Bannister with just over three minutes left on the clock.

It was a good third period effort but the Flyers still came up short in the end and left the ice with a 6-4 loss.

After the weekend the Flyers are in third place in the West division with 26 points and a 12-7-1 record.

It’s a respectable record for the squad in the still early stages of the 2015 schedule.

Buffalo is leading the Division with 32 points and a 15-8-1 record so far this year.

Over all the Trenton Golden Hawks of the East division are leading the Ontario Junior A Hockey League with 35 points and 17 wins for the season.

The Flyers will be back on home ice this Saturday, November 14, to host the Oakville Blades at the Alder Street arena.

The puck drop is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.

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