The Spartans knocked off the South Muskoka Shield 6-2 last night on the road to win their opening round series over the Shield two games to none. The Spartans were a determined group last night and carried the play for a majority of the game, out shooting the Shield 58-30. Leading the way for the Spartans was Adam Morton with 2 G, 2A, Mathew Labrosse with 2G, 1A and Alexandre Gauthier with 3A. Erik Spath earned the victory in net with a 28 save performance. Also getting on the score sheet for the Spartans was Hannaford 2A, Austin 1G, Thorsen 1G, O’Flynn 1A, Sbop 1A, Bergman 1A and Whitehead 1A.
Three Stars of the Game
1st Adam Morton 2G, 2A
2nd Mathew Labrosse 2G, 1A
3rd Ryan Schirano (Shield) 52 Saves
Head Coach Myles Pepin had this to say about the game and the playoffs “I was really happy with our entire team tonight. We carried the play all night and really stuck to our systems. Friday night I felt we played well at times, but got away from our systems too much and it cost us. Tonight though the guys were really focused and closed out the series with a full 60 minute effort. It was great to win two straight over the Shield, after last years heart breaking 5 game series loss in a shootout. Going into this series we knew we needed to get back on track to playing the right way and to close the series out in two games so that we were fully prepared for our second round series. We are still waiting to see who our opponent is, but if the Rattlers win tonight it will confirm the North Division Semi Finals with Ville Marie facing Bradford and us squaring off against Temiscaming. As soon as we have series details we will be sure to let everyone know, but most likely we will be starting at home Friday night. I also just wanted to thank all of the Spartans fans that made the trip to Gravenhurst. To have close to 100 fans at a road game, that are way louder then the home teams crowd is pretty amazing. I know it means a lot to our players and we know it’s going to be a packed house this Friday.”
Second Round Playoff Dates will be announced Monday or Tuesday depending on the Rattlers/Lynx Series. The North Division Semi FInals is a best 3 out of 5.