Rattlers remain perfect by chinking the Shield
South Muskoka Shield goalie Tanner Swift gets the blocker down in time and makes the easy give away to Brodie McDonald (#11) during a 3-1 win over the Toronto Moose this past weekend.
Photo by Richard Coburn
January 9, 2013
GRAVENHURST - The Bradford Rattlers stung the South Muskoka Shield for the third time this regular season after an 8-0 drubbing of the Gravenhurst-based Greater Metro Junior A Hockey League club this past weekend.
It gave the Shield a weekend split of their two games back on the ice after a short holiday break having pushed over the Toronto Moose Jan. 4 on home ice 3-1 and the local club still sits fairly comfortably in fourth place overall, just two points back of the third-seeded Bracebridge Phantoms.
Facing off against the Moose Jan. 4 in Gravenhurst, the club’s first game of 2013 and kick off to the final full month of regular season action, it was a tight and tense game with few early scoring chances.
Thanks to the tenacity of Shield forward Andrey Novikov, the South Muskoka took a 1-0 advantage into the second period when be buckled the twine with a little more than a minute left in the opening frame. The Moose knotted all at one each with the second period’s lone goal, also as the final minutes ticked away.
The Shield dug in however, and shut-out the Moose attempts in the third while Donny Danroth scored the eventual winner and Brodie McDonald followed up with the gravy goal for a 3-1 final.
Heading south to Bradford to face the undefeated Rattlers Jan. 6, the Shield found themselves down early but within reach before an offensive explosion in the third left the local club reeling.
The Rattlers scored the 1-0 goal late in the first period, that frame’s only score, as the two clubs felt each other out. In the second, only 30 seconds lapsed before the Rattlers upped their lead to two, followed by another about two minutes later and a third to close out the frame for a 4-0 lead going into the final period.
Constant pressure at the Shield’s blueline lead to four more rattler goals in the third while the Shield were held to just nine shots that period and 31 overall.
The split keeps the Shield in fourth with a 19-9-0-2 record for 40 points over all, two back of the Bracebridge Phantoms. While the rattlers remain undefeated with a flawless 25-0 record for 50 points, the club has actually dropped into second for the time being as the Temiscaming Titans now sit in the top seed with 51 points and a 25-3-0-1 record through 29 games.
The Shield continues its playoff push Jan. 11 on home ice against the Rama Aces at 8 p.m.
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