Bullard booted in Leamington

LEAMINGTON – After losing Game #1 of the Sutherland Cup semifinals against last year’s winners, the Caledonia Pro-Fit Corvairs, 6-2 in Caledonia, it was quite a different story for Game #2 in Leamington Sunday night.

The teams skated stride for stride throughout the game, scoring one goal apiece in each of the three regulation periods, and then took three extra periods to finally decide the Flyers as the game winner, with Mitchell Amante scoring on Kevin Entmaa unassisted at 5:16 on a powerplay.

Jordan Peacock takes up an awful lot of real estate in front of Leamington Flyers goaltender Michael Barrett. Photo by Jim Windle

The Corvairs’ emotional coach Mike Bullard could not contain himself following the penalty.

He was subsequently slapped with “Travesty of the Game,” a “Gross Misconduct,” Abuse of official and Game Misconduct. His actions will also be reviewed by the league and could result in him being removed from behind the bench for a time.

Picking up goals for Caledonia were Jordan Peacock, Matthew Hore and Tyler Lepore.

Photo by: Jim Windle

The first period of Friday’s Game #1, was like two boxers feeling each other out in the first round of a prize fight, but once the Pro-Fit Corvairs knew what they were up against, they settled into what has become known as Corvair hockey. It was 1-1 after the first period with Zack Gulbeault drawing first blood for the Flyers and Ryan Blunt answering for Caledonia.

The Corvairs powerplay unit was spot on taking advantage of five of seven extra man situations. Erick Delaurentis, Tyler Lepore and Blunt, with his second, kept the ball rolling for the Corvairs, while Alex Friesen accounted for Leamington’s second goal of the game in the second period. Deleaurentis and Jake Brown put the cherry on top in the third period as the Corvairs took the 6-2 win.

“That was a good solid team effort,” said general manager Brian Rizzetto following the game.

Game #3 was set for Tuesday night in Caledonia with the results unavailable by press time. Game #4 is back in Leamington Thursday night at 7:10 p.m. with Game #5 at the Haldimand Centre in Caledonia Friday April 17th and Game #6 in Leamington Sunday April 19th, if necessary. Should the series go seven games, the final game of the semi-finals will be played April 20th, in Caledonia.

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