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Flyers bow out of GNML playoffs

By Kevin Anderson, The Northern Times

 The Kapuskasing Eastview Chev RV Flyers may have bowed out of the Great North Midget League playoffs this past weekend, but at the very least, they went out with a bang rather than a whimper, taking the Sudbury Nickel Capital Wolves to their limit on Saturday night at the Kap RCC.


The Kap club came in to Saturday’s action down 2-0 in the best-of-five series against the Wolves with loses of 5-0 and 3-2 last weekend on the road.


“In the first game we followed the game plan for about 35 mins. then we made some mistakes,” said Flyers coach Glen Denney. “The second game was much the same, where we made a couple of mistakes and got down 3-0 early. The boys battled back really hard though and got things to 3-2, but their goalie was some really good, timely saves and we just couldn’t complete the comeback.”


Determined to not go quietly into the night, the Flyers came out on fire on Saturday night, letting the visiting Wolves know early that they were in for a tough night through a combination of speed, playmaking and bone-rattling body checks.


The visiting Wolves would open the scoring in the first period, starting what literally was a back-and-forth contest, which saw the teams match each other goal-for-goal on an alternating basis to the tune of a 4-4 tie through the end of regulation.


The first overtime period would solve nothing, despite each team having several bonafide scoring opportunities, but the net minders at both ends of the ice being equal to the task.


It wouldn’t be until five minutes into the second extra frame, that the Wolves would capitalize on a power play to end the Flyers’ season with a 5-4 double-overtime victory.


Scoring for the Flyers were Seb Doucet, Sam Vachon, Dawson Linklater and Mathieu Parent. Gabriel John-George picked up a trio of assists in the loss.


“I couldn’t be more proud of our kids. When the game was on the line, our guys gave us everything they had and created opportunities for us to win the game,” said Denney. “I personally think we created more good chance than (the Wolves) did. We just couldn’t bury ours and they managed to bury one of theirs.


“I was really proud of the fact that we played an aggressive game and didn’t sit back and just try to defend, which we did a good job of anyway.  We played our game in our barn and the kids gave us everything they had so we can be really proud of the effort. Sometimes the puck just bounces one way instead of the other.”