Salvaging a Point
It's not what we were planning for but the Gaels managed to salvage a single point Saturday night, while dropping to 0-2-1 over their past three games.
After falling to Nepean Sunday the Gaels took the floor at Rickard Thursday evening looking for a win against the visiting Northmen. The night started off right with goals by Carson Christie and Max Taylor giving the Gaels their only lead of the night. The Northmen answered back with 5 straight and led 5-2 after 20 minutes.
The Gaels would battle back, leading to a Robbie Baxter goal at the start of the third that awakened the crowd and tied the game at 7. Three straight Orangeville goals would spell the end of the Gaels comeback attempt and we dropped our second game in a row, this time by a score of 10-9. Craig Johansson would stop 46 of 56 Northmen shots.
Fast forward to Saturday when the Gaels traveled to Brampton looking to end their losing streak. Myles Tessier would open the scoring for the Excelsiors, the Gaels would answer with three straight and lead 3-1 after 20 minutes.
Three Goals by John McKinney in the second would see the Gaels leading 7-5 after two periods. However the Excelsiors would press the attack in the third and with 35 seconds left tie the game at 9 with a Powerplay marker.
John McKinney (with 5 goals on the night) and the rest of the Gaels would fail to find the back of the net in Overtime and the game would end in a tie.
The Gaels will get three chances to turn their season around this week, starting with a trip to Orangeville Tuesday night. The Gaels return home Thursday to host the Halton Hills Bulldogs before heading to Pickering Saturday to wrap up the week with an afternoon game against the Ironheads.