Grads in loss to
Smith Falls Bears
By Fred Sherwin
Grads forward Matt Miller celebrates after giving his team an early 3-0
lead against the Smith Falls Bears on Wednesday. Fred Sherwin/Photo
For the Cumberland
Grads, Wednesday night's loss to the Smith Falls Bears was both the best
of times and the worst of times.
with what head coach Paul Flindall described as the team's best period of
hockey this season, the Grads played arguably their worst period of hockey
in the second and then failed to respond in the third on their way to a
The Grads were
firing on all cylinders in the first period, peppering goalie George Grammenopoulos
with 19 shots.
got Cumberland on the board eight minutes and 19 seconds into the first
period then Daniel Goyette and Matt Miller scored 12 seconds apart to give
the Grads a quick 3-0 lead.
The PA announcer
barely had time to announce Miller's goal when Eric Carlson scored for the
Bears to briefly narrow the Grads' lead to 3-1.
goal of the game with 2:09 left in the period would give Cumberland a seemingly
comfortable 4-1 lead.
that the Grads showed in the first period was mysteriously absent in the
second, however. The TSN turning point came with just under seven minutes
left to go in the period when Daniel Goyette was slapped with a two minute
fighting aggressor penalty after pummelling Paul Hutchings at centre ice.
As the two combatants
were settling into the penalty box, Flindall had a few choice words for
referee Bill Bowker who immediately hit him with a bench minor which gave
the Bears a two man power play.
It took Smiths
Falls all of five seconds to make the Grads pay for their transgression
as Devon Rice beat Adam Laderoute to narrow the deficit to
With Jason McCarthy
still in the penalty box serving out the bench minor, the Bears power play
unit clicked again 24 seconds later on a shot from the high slot by Jonathan
Milley that beat a partially screened Adam Laderoute high stick side to
make the score 4-3.
The Grads woes
continued later in the period when a Greg Sartoretto high sticking penalty
lead to the Bears third extra strength goal of the period which tied the
game at 4-4. Laderoute made a great pad save on the initial shot and then
stopped the rebound, but he couldn't recover fast enough to stop the third
shot. After outshooting the Bears 19-9 in the first period, the Grads were
outshot 18-6 in the second.
Despite a pep
talk from Flindall between periods, the Grad's lack of intensity continued
in the third. The Bears completed their comeback early on in the period
when Simon Johns scored a highlight reel goal, snapping s shot high into
the top of the net from in close with Michael Nooyen draped all over him.
The Grads had
a golden opportunity to even things up several minutes later when the Bears
took a pair of back-to-back penalties, but Cumberland's power play was relatively
ineffective generating little in the way of any sustained pressure.
Their best chance
came off the stick of Mathieu Ouellette with 4:36 left to go in the game,
but Grammanopoulos made an outstanding split pad save to protect his team's
one goal lead.
It was Cumberland's
second loss in a row and third in their last four games. After the game
a frustrated Flindall blamed himself as much as the players for the team's
second period collapse.
we played our best period of the season in the first and then we let our
emotions get the best of us in the second, including myself, and we fell
apart,' said Flindall. "You have to give credit to Smiths Falls as
well. They came out in the second and played hard and got themselves back
into the game."
The team was
scheduled to practice on Thursday before traveling across town to take on
the Kanata Stallions on Friday. Their next home game is this Sunday at 3
p.m. against the Ottawa Jr. Senators.
p.m., Oct. 22)
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