Jr A Flyers start new season

September 10, 2014   ·   0 Comments

The Orangeville Junior A Flyers are .500 after the opening week of the Ontario Junior A Hockey League season.

The Flyers gave up a loss in their opening game at the Alder Street arena in Orangeville when the Milton Icehawks came to town and scored a powerplay goal in the third period to break a 4-4 stalemate that started the final frame.

Orangeville was leading 2-0 at the end of the first on goals from Darren Nesbitt and Lucas Smilsky.

The second period caused a problem for O-ville when Milton notched three in a row to tie the game then go ahead by one.

Ryan Anton’s powerplay goal late in the period made it a 3-3 game but not for long when the Icehawks scored on a short-handed effort.

The game was tied when Lucas Smilsky got O-ville goal number four with just over a minute left in the period.

Milton got the go ahead goal at 8:40 into the final frame to take the lead and the game.

The second game of the week got underway when the Flyers travelled to Hamilton on Monday, September 8, to meet the Red Wings.

This time the Flyers were the team to come from behind after going down 3-0 in the first period – two goals were short handed.

O-ville’s Ian Nichols scored twice early in the second period, followed by a third Flyers goal at the 13:56 mark to make it a one period game going into the third, with the score tied at three.

Lucas Smilsky got the go-ahead goal early in the frame.

That was followed up by another one from Ryan Anton at the midway mark.

Hamilton notched a single in the final twenty minutes, but that’s all they could do for the night and the Flyers left with their first ‘W’ of the 2014 / 15 season.

The Flyers have re-energized this season bringing on ten new players, a new coach – Jamie Caruso – and three new assistant coaches.

After a disastrous last season, the rebuilding was necessary to get the squad back into a competitive situation this year.

The League has 22 teams this season divided into four divisions.

Orangeville is in the West division along with Buffalo, Burlington, Hamilton, Milton, and Georgetown.

The Flyers will be in Kingston tonight (Sept. 11) to take on the Voyageurs.

They will get a week off before returning to home ice at the Alder Street arena on Saturday, Sept 20, to host St. Michaels.

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

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