16-Oct-2019 Wednesday 09:15 PM Westwood 2
The GTHL was back in action as the Mississauga Reps clashed with their local rivals, the Mississauga Rebels.
The Reps headed into this game after a 0-2 defeat in the game against the Titans. And on the other side, the Rebels suffered a 4-1 defeat in the game against the Jr. Canadiens.
Mississauga Reps Review
The Reps had a great start in this game as they scored in the 1st minute through tricky forward Ben Lalkin. To be more specific, the Reps scored in their first attack. A team celly followed and the Reps looked like they got their confidence back. Their defence looked solid as commanding defencemen Savard and Batrkhanov were up to the task.
Tha solid foundation at the back enabled the Reps to push for the 2nd goal. And yet again, tricky forward Lalkin managed to score from a close range in the 6th minute. The Reps played really well in the first period and players like Ivan Fabjan, Stephen Campbell, and Wolf Gilles played some good hockey.
In the 2nd period of the game, the Reps changed their tactical approach and their focus was to maintain the lead. However, they also came close to score through Fabjan and Mcconnell-Fritz, However, the got caught on the counter-attack and conceded a goal in the 9th minute of the 2nd period. That was a wake-up call for the Reps and they scored another goal before the break.
In the final period of the game, the Mississauga Reps once again changed their tactical approach. Now their focus was on the offensive side of the game. And that brought a quick results as Mcconnell-Fritz scored two goals for a 5:1 lead. Therefore, the Reps sealed the win. But the Reps continued with their domination and scored the 6th goal as Ben Lalkin completed his hat-trick. They also conceded one more goal right before the end for a final result of 6-2.
Mississauga Rebels Review
The Rebels headed into this game with a good chance to win this local derby. However, they did not start well as they conceded in the 1st minute of the game. That early goal disrupted their game plan and they were under pressure by the flying Reps. Ona positive note, goaltender Sign made a few strong saves to keep the Rebels in the game. But he was not able to save every shot as the Mississauga side conceded the 2nd goal in the 6th minute of the game.
In the 2nd period of the game, the Rebels played better. Milne made three strong tackles and Graham had a notable presence in the middle of the ice. Doherty also played well and his presence was noticeable in the barn. However, it was Watson that scored an outstanding cheese goal to put the Rebels back into the game. That did not last long as they conceded the 3rd goal before the break. Nevertheless, the Rebels were 3-1 behind and they had a good chance to get something out of this game.
In the final period of the game, the Rebels went all-in offensively. But that did come at a cost as they conceded two consecutive goals. They were 5-1 behind and the game seemed over for them. However, they tried their best and scored another goal through defencemen Milne.
They played without a goaltender in the final minutes and the empty net enabled their opponents to score the 6th goal of the game.
Overall, the Reps deserved to win this game. They showed tactical maturity as they changed their approach at the right times in the game. That confused the Rebels and enable the Reps to take advantage of that by scoring quick goals on the counter-attack. On the other side, the Rebels had some good periods of the game, but that was not enough for them to get something out of the game.