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They needed it, as Brooklin got one back and almost tied the game at the buzzer. Josh Ruys grabbed a rebound and looked from afar like he may have put it past Cosmo for the tying goal about one second before the final buzzer. Referee Steve Line was in perfect position and whistled the play dead. Line Nike Vapormax Flyknit Black And White
While Colley was disappointed at losing, he took it in stride. "That was a good game," he said. "They are the defending Mann Cup champions, you can't take that away from them. They've got a young team just like us. They've got the best goaltender in the world and we couldn't score on him. Aaron played just as well for us, and there you go, the score is 7 6."
Brooklin coach Wayne Colley acknowledged the job Brampton did but felt his O players need to bring more to the table. The Excels were particularly effective at limiting time and space for Derek Hopcroft, last year's league leader in goals with 44. "I hope they key off [Hopcroft]," he said. "I hope they have a guy on him all the time cause the other guys, there's a whole bunch of offensive players who are supposed to be scoring goals, too. That's just one faucet that if they shut him down the other guys have got to pick up the pace. We only scored six goals tonight so obviously somebody wasn't doing their job at that end of the floor."
Cosmo wasn't called on to throw the ball much, anyway, as the Excelsiors didn't try to run much of a transition game. They had only 15 runners for the game and were missing several key players, including the likes of Dan Dawson, Kevin Ross and Zack Greer. They made up for it with stingy defence, timely scoring from Resetarits and a concerted team effort to control the pace and have long offensive possessions.
"He worked a little bit on the offensive end in Minnesota this year," said Brampton coach Mike Hasen. "It was one of those as needed basis tonight with only three lefties in the entire lineup, but he did a good job." Hasen was also pleased with his defensive group, who played a cohesive game throughout the night to limit Brooklin's scoring chances. "These guys have been together for a few years. Our core is here for the back end and it looked like they didn't miss a beat. They got tired towards the end, obviously, but it was a good start."
Shawn Williams did pick up the pace, scoring a hat trick on some perfectly placed shots. "The more shots you can get at [Anthony] Cosmo, the better your chances," Williams said. "Especially when they're playing that high pressure, you're suffering for the shots. So we just had to take our chances to shoot and obviously not all shots go where you want to but that's just the way it goes. It was just one of those games."
Brampton led 2 1 after one period and pulled ahead 5 2, but the Redmen came back to tie the game. With the score 6 5 for the Excelsiors, Brooklin appeared to have tied the game up when Caleb Wiles leaped in the air to snag a ball that had bounced high off the back boards and, in one motion, got a shot off that found the back of the net. He was ruled to have been in the crease, though, and Brampton notched the next goal to give themselves a bit of insurance.
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came on a gorgeous feed from the corner, somehow finding Resetarits cutting to the crease for a quick release shot that snuck past Aaron Bold.
said the ball wasn't as close as it may have appeared from behind the play, as a falling Cosmo's arm came down on it before it could make its way to the goal line.
Brampton Excelsiors edge Brooklin Redmen 7
For his part, Cosmo enjoyed playing his first game with a beautiful new wooden goalie stick and getting back behind the Brampton back end. He was working on pocket before the game and afterwards conceded that he wasn't really comfortable throwing with it yet. None the less, he looked composed and comfortable in his net all night. "Getting this new stick in your hand, the big woodie, helps. you don't have to move as much. Cover your angles and it takes up a lot of room for you. Works for me and our D played great for us. Our older guys, our veteran guys, know our game and know our system fairly well. To insert a few young guys and get a fresh squad in there, I thought they did a great job. The vets were able to tell them where to go and shift them around a bit and six goals Womens Nike Air Vapormax Plus
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