The Kapuskasing Eastview Chev RV Flyers came home with one win and one loss this past weekend after a road trip to Sudbury.
Saturday, the Flyers took on the Minor Midget Wolves. The Kap club would score early and often, leading 3-0 after one period of play en route to a 7-4 victory.
Flyers captain Jacob Comeau led the Flyers in scoring with four goals in the effort, while Sebastien Plamondon picked up the win between the pipes.
“The big thing was we buried our chances,” said head coach Glen Denney. “We played with four defensemen because of injuries and even had some forwards take some shifts on the blue line to help out. Full credit goes to the boys. They played a full 60 minutes and had to kill off quite a few penalties later in the game.”
The win did come at a cost however, as victorious goalie Sebastien Plamondon was suspended five games for illegally using his blocker in a skirmish with an opposition player.
“All night long they’d crashed the net pretty hard on him and he just got the point where he’d had enough and he took matters into his own hands,” said Denney. “He threw a couple of punches but if it was any other player besides a goalie, we wouldn’t even be talking about it. It’s the fact that he’s wearing a blocker that makes the difference. It’s unfortunate, but it is what it is.”
Sunday, the Flyers were back at it, this time against the major midget Nickel Capital Wolves. This game would see the Flyers’ fortunes reversed, as they would find themselves down 3-0 after the first period.
Try as they did, the Wolves’ lead would prove to be insurmountable in a 5-3 Flyers loss. Gabriel John-George led the Flyers in scoring in the game, picking up a pair of goals.
“We got ourselves in trouble early by trying to do something to neutralize their point men because they were using them a lot. Unfortunately it didn’t work well at all, so we were down 3-0 pretty quick,” said Denney. “Credit to our guys though because they kept battling hard for the rest of the game with the exception of a couple of penalty kills. They put in a great effort and their attitude on the bench was awesome. Sudbury’s got a good team and their playing the best hockey in the league right now, so it showed a lot of character on our guys’ part.”
Denney also said that the team made progress over the weekend in finding that “next gear” that he has been talking about since early in the season.
“We’re starting to find some examples amongst ourselves that we’re able to share with the other players demonstrating what we want and expect, which is a real positive,” he commented. “If anything this weekend was about reinforcing some of the positive things the boys have done and being able to reward them for that.”
The Flyers will be in action at home this weekend. The Kap club takes on the Sudbury Nickel Capital Wolves Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. then will face the New Liskeard Cubs Sunday at 1:30 p.m.