Winterhawks power play leads to game 1 victory in series
by Jordan MacKinnon
(photos by Tiffany Wilson)

February 24, 2017


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Winterhawks goalie Jeff Flagler does the splits after Clinton’s Shayne McClure plows through the goalie crease

The Saugeen Shores Winterhawks exploded for four power play goals as they drew first blood in their semi-final series with the Clinton Radars.

First Goal celebrated

The Winterhawks took Game 1 by a score of 6-3 from the defending league champions.

Clinton got on the board first at 8:46 of the 1st period when Kurtis Bartliff found a loose puck in front of the net, shoveling it past a helpless Jeff Flagler.

Winterhawks Curtis Johnston tries to get the puck away from Radar Kurtis Bartliff while short-handed during the first period

Penalties then got the best of the Winterhawks as Flagler took a delay of game penalty for shooting the puck over the glass, followed by a James McHaig slashing call to put the Winterhawks on an extended penalty kill.

Winterhawks defense Theo Peckham (R) having some words with Clinton Radars’ Ryan Murphy after the whistle was blown

As the penalty clock wound down, Bartliff found himself alone and had a tap-in one-timer at the side of the net, but Flagler made a miraculous save with his left pad to keep the score at 1-0.

Shortly after play returned to five-on-five, the Winterhawks struck back as Blake Underwood knocked a bouncing puck past Radars netminder Marc Nother to make it a 1-1 tie.

Clinton restored their lead just three minutes later during a stretch of four-on-four hockey when Luke Vick was left alone at the side of the net and was able to beat Flagler to make it 2-1 Clinton.

Clinton Radars’ Luke Vick rushes into the Hawks’ zone missing the net with his first shot, but scores seconds later scores on Jeff Flagler

The Radars found themselves in penalty trouble late in the period as Brendon Haefling converted from the point on a five-on-three with 39 seconds left in the opening frame.

Curtis Johnston would continue the power play momentum with a  goal at 6:33 of the 2nd period to make it a 3-2 Winterhawks lead.

Winterhawks Curtis Johnston skated hard into Clinton’s zone, received a pass from the corner, one-timed the puck and scored ... making it 3-2 Winterhawks!

Clinton responded on the power play at 12:59 when Deryk Whitehead beat Flagler in close to tie things up at 3-3.

Again, the power play continued to roll along for the Winterhawks, as Brent MacDermid stepped into a slapshot and wired one past Nother at 16:41 to put the Winterhawks up 4-3 after two.

Winterhawks forward Brent MacDermid gets pushed around out front of Clinton’s net

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Clinton had a chance early in the 3rd to tie the game, as Sean Consitt got in alone on Flagler, but the big rookie netminder turned away the breakaway attempt to keep the Winterhawks ahead.

That proved pivotal, as Nick Quaid would score on the power play just moments later, stepping in from the point to fire the puck past Nother, with Bryan Kazarian assisting, to make it a 5-3 Winterhawks lead.

 Winterhawks Trent Hawke gets a roughing penalty after “roughing” it out for the puck with Radar Marcus Salo

Jeff MacDermid would put the game away late, capping off a strong individual performance by brother Brent, arriving at 6-3 final for the home side. 

Winterhawks Jeff MacDermid tries to beat Radars defence missing a shot on net

Flagler was rock solid in the Winterhawks net, making 36 saves for the win, taking the honours as the Wismer House player of the game.

Goalie Jeff Flagler

Wismer House Player of the Game

Flag Bearers

Max Steele, Mason & Avery Martindale, Gracie Foster and Grace Phillips

The Winterhawks lead the best-of-seven series 1-0, with Game 2 scheduled for tonight [Saturday] in Clinton.Game time is 8:30 p.m.

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