Barrie Blizzard fall just short in CLax debut, falling 13-12 to Ohsweken Demons

Caleb Wiles pulled Barrie within one on this jump shot goal but that was as close as they could get. (Photo: Tim Prothero)
Caleb Wiles pulled Barrie within one on this jump shot goal but that was as close as they could get. (Photo: Tim Prothero)

Despite dominating the entire game Friday night, the Ohsweken Demons came away from the Powerade Centre in Brampton with an overtime loss, and still had to make the long drive back to Ohsweken. They hoped to turn it around approximately fourteen hours after the night-cap finished as the Barrie Blizzard made their CLax debut at the ILA Saturday afternoon.

As was the case Friday night, the Demons came out firing outscoring the Blizzard 4-1 in the first including two goals by Roger Vyse, one of which came with one second on the clock. Barrie battled back in the second as they scored two early, including a powerplay marker by Caleb Wiles (his second of the game). Ohsweken answered with two of their own before the Blizzard rattled off three straight, two of which came nine seconds apart. Winning the second period 5-2, the Blizzard tied it at the break 6-6.

The third quarter started the same way the second did, with a goal in the opening minute, this time off the stick of Ohsweken’s Stu Hill. Mike Teeter answered forty-eight seconds later, but Wayne VanEvery gave his own response twenty-seconds after that goal. VanEvery and Joe Maracle sandwiched goals around powerplay markers from Wiles and Jason Mainer to keep the advantage with the Demons headed to the final frame by a score of 10-9.

With memories of their late game collapse in Brampton fresh in the minds of the Ohsweken Demons, they put two quick goals up in the third. Rob Milnes would get one back for the Blizzard, but that was answered by Delby Powless‘ hat-trick marker to make the score 13-10 Demons. Cory Bomberry laid out his man battling for the loose ball and was called for interference, which Nick Trillo converted into a powerplay goal. In the final four minutes Wiles scored again to draw Barrie within one. They continued pressing and hit a few posts in the dying minutes but it was not to be as the Ohsweken Demons finish their second one goal game in twenty-four hours with a 13-12 victory.

Wiles led all runners in scoring with nine points (five goals, four assists) in the losing effort. Delby Powless and Vyse each finished with seven points for the Demons (three goals with four assists and two goals with five assists respectively).

Despite a number of miraculous saves to keep his team in the game Scotty Komer was saddled with the loss stopping forty-eight of sixty-one shots he faced. Jeff Powless returned from a one game suspension to snag the win making fifty-five saves from sixty-seven shots.

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