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George's Corner - Playdown Edition
Submitted By jmastronardi on Monday, January 27, 2014
Southpoint Play down review

This weekend Southpoint hosted the OMHA Bantam Minor A Playdowns. In their first playdown game the Reid Funeral Home Bantam Minors took on the Riverside Rangers. Southpoint demonstrated strong offence, with the line of Brett Thomas, Tyler Zsebok and Carter Mastronardi combining for all 5 of the Capitals goals. Tristan Edmondson held solid between the pipes for Southpoint allowing only 2 goals on numerous Riverside scoring chances. At the final buzzer it was a hard fought 5-2 victory for Southpoint that was much closer on the ice than the scoreboard indicated.

For their second match the Capitals took on the St. Thomas Stars on a snowy Saturday morning. From the puck drop it was clear which team had the previous night off. The tired legs of the Capitals struggled to keep pace with a well rested St. Thomas team. Southpoints offence couldn’t solve the St. Thomas defence, who limited quality scoring chances to a mere handful. At the other end of the rink goaltender Matt Ciliska played an outstanding game for the Capitals, making unbelievable saves to give his team a fighting chance in the game. A few too many odd man rushes and loose puck scrambles in the crease cost the Capitals and resulted in St. Thomas collecting 4 goals. The game ended in a 4-0 Southpoint loss.

Saturday afternoon the Capitals faced the Amhurstburg Stars in a must win game for both teams. The regular season matchups with the Stars were all close contests, and this game would be no exception. Steven Wiebe opened the scoring for Southpoint cutting hard across the Amhurstburg crease and lifting a backhander over the goaltender. The Stars battled back adding a power play goal, followed by a redirected point shot to take a 2-1 lead after 2 periods of play. The 3rd period saw Southpoint goaltender Tristan Edmondson turning away every puck he could see, while at the other end of the rink the Amhurstburg goaltender did the same. Finally the Capitals found an opening when Carter Mastronardi jammed the puck home and tied the score at 2-2 to force overtime. Two fatigued teams played a tight OT period that didn’t solve anything, leading to a best of 5 shootout to determine who would be eliminated and who would continue on in the playdowns. Southpoint’s second and third shooters Mason Gow and Brett Thomas used the same forehand-backhand deke to roof the puck top corner giving the Caps the 2-0 advantage after 3 shooters. Tristan Edmondson stoned the first 3 Amhurstburg shooters but the Stars weren’t quite finished and fired in their next 2 shots to tie the first 5 rounds at 2-2 and force sudden death . Finally after 4 intense periods, and in the 7th round of the shootout Amhurstburg put the nail in the coffin and ended the Capitals OMHA playoff drive. It was a valiant effort Southpoint, keep up the hard work in Bluewater!
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