Feb 25, 2017 | sdoherty | 634 views
Orillia Tourney Gets Monkey off the Back of Sailors
Taking a break from the play-offs, the Sailors travelled to Orillia for the Canadian
Tire House League Festival on Family Day Weekend. This proved to be a worthwhile tourney as it
gave the Sailors the opportunity to break the goose egg and get a rabid monkey
off their back. The Sailors managed
their first win in five games by defeating the Almaguin Ice Devils in their
Sunday afternoon match-up.
Centre Spencer W managed to score the first goal of the game which lifted the curse off the under-performing Sailors who had not scored a goal in their previous four outings. Lifted by that goal – the Kinsmen crew seemed to recapture some of their earlier-season form. Spencer would go on to score one more goal, while Captain Adam R and defensemen Kate J managed a goal each on route to a 4-1 win! Winger Jesse V registered the game’s lone assist which was also the first assist of 2017 for the Sailors so this game was a big positive for the team!
Unfortunately, the Sailors pulled a crappy schedule for Monday and ended up with an 8:00 am game versus the Lincoln Front Row Sports team. This was a close game and the Sailors played pretty well but the Lincoln goalie turned away all but one shot when Adam R scored the only Sailor’s goal in this 2-1 loss. This was an interesting game to watch – some real die-hard fans in the stands for the Lincoln team…
Finally, the tourney ended with a 6-0 loss versus Bradford on Monday afternoon. The Sailors started off ok in this one but then took penalty after penalty and ended up playing most of the game short-handed. It didn’t help that Bradford was also awarded a penalty shot which they capitalized on.
In the end, the Sailors were completely out-played registering only one shot on net in the entire game. If it is any consolation – Bradford went on to win the Pool A division. Nonetheless, a 6-0 loss was a sad way to end the weekend given that the team had some good moments in the tournament. All in all – it was a good weekend for the team and the parents – a big thanks to our coaches Joe Brenner and Tim Powell, our trainer Doug Roulston and our Manager Erin Wilson for all their work pulling this together. Having said that, I won’t “be-heading” to the Barrie Travelodge again any time soon!