Mustangs too much for Major Midgets on Sunday
NEW GLASGOW – Sunday afternoon Mark Vokey and Cody Johnston scored what will likely be some of the nicest goals for the Weeks Major Midgets this season – they weren’t enough.
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Weeks Major Midgets forward Mark Vokey eyes the puck after being taken down on his way to the net on Sunday against the South Shore Mustangs. Vokey scored on the play, sliding the puck between Colby Muise’s pads as he fell to the ice. The Mustangs won the game 4-2.
Their markers cut into the South Shore Mustangs lead, but the Weeks Major Midgets still ended up on the losing end of the 4-2 game, outshooting their opponents 47-34. Head coach Dave MacIntyre said Colby Muise, the Mustangs goaltender, made the difference.
“I think their goaltender played amazing today and I tip my hat to that kid,” he said. “He played really really well, so I would say he made a number of saves that changed the game because we easily could’ve been up by five or six goals heading into the second period, but we weren’t.
“That’s when you need to find a way to beat a goalie that’s stoning you.”
South Shore opened the scoring just three minutes in the period, with Ty Duffus beating Matthew Williams for the first time in the game.
Logan Walters padded the Mustangs lead, just past the midway point of the frame, taking a 2-0 lead into the intermission.
In the second period it wasn’t until Vokey’s goal with 4:12 remaining that either team scored. Breaking in on goal on a breakaway, Vokey was tripped, but as he was falling put the puck on his stick and slid it through Muise’s five-hole.
Less than two minutes later the Mustangs’ Scott Perry got the goal back. Jered Scott added one more for South Shore with 39 seconds left in the second to carry a 4-1 lead into the third.
The lone goal in the final frame was scored by Johnston. Behind the Mustangs defence, he took a pass from Lucas Sangster, walking in on a breakaway to score and cut the lead to two. Although they had a number of chances in the remaining 13:35 they couldn’t beat Muise again.
Williams made 38 saves in the loss, including a number of breakaways and odd-man rushes. MacIntyre said he was extremely happy with his play. He attributed some of the odd-man rushes to mistakes by his players and some because they were pushing harder offensively.
“When you’re pushing that hard to make up for a goal or what not, you’re prone to give up odd-man rushes,” he said. “I thought (Matthew) Williams did a good job of keeping us in it. Part of it was there were some bad pinches on our part, trying to keep the puck in. Our forwards are going, we’re getting shots, so our ‘D’ are trying to stay up at the blue line and keep the puck in; it gets chipped by them and you get an odd-man rush. Some of those are bad decisions are on our defencemen’s part and others were us trying to get some goals back.”
We’re outshooting teams and outworking teams, but we’re not scoring. At the end of the day if you have 50 some shots on a goalie you should be scoring more than two goals. Dave MacIntyre - Weeks Major Midgets head coach
On Saturday the Weeks Major Midgets won the first game of the doubleheader with the Mustangs 2-1, their first win of the regular season.
Keith Getson opened the scoring for the Mustangs in the first, but Doug Barton answered back in the same period for Weeks.
Cody Johnston scored the eventual game-winning goal midway through the second period.
Luke Melanson picked up the win in goal with 35 saves.
“I was pleased with the effort and at the end of the day it could’ve gone either way, in a way,” said MacIntyre. “They did have five more power plays than us or something, so we had to do a little bit of killing. I still thought we outplayed them and played well enough to win. Luke Melanson played very well in the net and we had a number of other guys step up for us and as I was saying the other day our veterans needed to step up and they showed that leadership.”
The Weeks Major Midgets next game is Wednesday night on the road against the Cole Harbour Wolfpack. MacIntyre said to win they simply need to score more.
“I think we’ve improved a lot since last weekend, but I will say going into next week that we need to score,” he said. “We’re outshooting teams and outworking teams, but we’re not scoring. At the end of the day if you have 50 some shots on a goalie you should be scoring more than two goals.”
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