After the second period of the first tournament game the score was 5-0. It was a great way to start off, but we were beginning to worry that the boys would start thinking this tournament was easy.
|Paul Strand |
Brian Mehm mentioned that maybe we should get an exhibition game for the next day against a tough opponent to keep our heads in check. It was something we had discussed earlier, but our schedule was if we won the first game the team would go to the snow park on Monday and the snow park is a staple of the trip.
During the intermission, Alain Desfosses ran to the exhibition office and called back with a possible game the next day against the Barrie Colts at 2:50. This would mean the snow park would get moved to Wednesday and a decision had to be made. So before the third period started, we took the game against Barrie and changed the schedule on the fly.
Barrie was a good AA bracket team. They had beaten the Montreal Canadians the night before during their first tournament game, 2-1, and were solid top to bottom. They had only one loss so far this season and would be a good test.
We were either going to be beaten badly or we were going to see if we were a solid team. So far, we were 3-0, but none of our games were particularly tough so we wanted to find out.
The game was close right from the start. Barrie started off slowly. I think they did not totally expect us to be as strong as we were. Carolina still has a ways to go in bringing fear to other programs.
We were playing a solid game as well and Colby Pederson started us off right by hammering a goal into a wide open net as Aiden Worrall and Nick Hale did the dirty work in the corner and passed it over to a waiting Pederson to star the second period.
Barrie had been tentative until this point, but seemed to turn it on as the game progressed. I think they realized they were in a game and brought their tempo up to the level of a team that has lost only one game all season for a reason. They came harder and harder and in the early third they finally beat our tender to even the score at 1-1.
However, our boys reacted well and came back at them right away. The tie game did not make them nervous and Kyle Moore took a nice pass from Jordan Cooper and scored a beautiful goal to the top left hand corner to put us back up 2-1.
After that, we clamped down hard and kept going at them. We made some great defensive plays as well. Nick Hale chased down a man just inside our blue line and fired the puck out to save a near breakaway.
Jr. Canes 2, Barrie Colts 1.
So far, we are 4-0 with a tough game against England to come today.
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