The Junior A Penguins travelled to Cleveland this past weekend to take on the Junior Lumberjacks for a two game series. Game one did not go so well for the Pens as the Lumberjacks dominated them from the drop of the puck and easily won the game 6-1. \”Cleveland got a well deserved victory in Saturdays game because they just outplayed us. It was our worst game of the year by far and we did not match their intensity at all. Winning and losing is determined by effort and collectively we had none on Saturday, \” said Coach Dorsey.
On Sunday, against all odds the Junior A Pens rebounded for a thrilling 5-4 shootout victory. \” We have a lot of character and pride in the room and it showed Sunday. Cleveland has an excellent team and we were very fortunate to win that game. It was a shame somebody had to lose that game because both teams fought and battled so hard. Win or lose, I was proud of the effort we gave. We are just a few mental lapses away from being where we need to be. I am happy for Mike Mitrakos because I am sure that he thought he would never be called to shoot in that situation. It was such a huge goal for us. During a season, to get where we need to be as a team everybody has to contribute. This was was Mike\’s chance and he came through, \” added Coach Dorsey.
Next up are the Queen City Steam scheduled for Jan 9 & 10 at the Blade Runners Ice Center in Harmarville.