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Midland uses shootout to best Orillia, 6-5 (2-0 SO)

Coldwater Arena    Sun, Jan 25, 2015

Three periods of regulation and an overtime session were not enough to settle matters as the Midland Flyers defeated the Orillia Terriers in a shootout 6-5 (2-0 SO).

The two teams needed four turns to complete the shootout. In addition to the clincher, Midland got a shootout goal from Neal Burgess.

The Flyers came back from a three-goal deficit to capture the victory. Midland trailed 5-2 after a goal by Orillia's Ryan Tucci at 13:40 in the second period. The Flyers knotted things up at 5-5 on a goal by Burgess at 17:28 in the third period.

Midland forced the Terriers goalie Gordie Weiss to work between the pipes, taking 35 shots. The Flyers' goal total was higher than their season average. This season, Midland averages 3.4 goals per contest. The Flyers could not stay out of the penalty box, as the team accrued 26 minutes in penalties during the game.

Midland also had goals scored by Jimmy Walter and Jason Stone, who scored one goal each. Other players who recorded assists for Midland were Ben Skuce, who had two, Evan Buehler, who had three, and Steven Pickard, Matt Hudgin, Jarod Bourne, and Tyler Simmons, who each chipped in one.

Orillia forced Flyers' goaltenders to work in net, firing 50 shots and forcing 45 saves. Jake Norton made 19 stops and Matt Camilleri made 26.

The Terriers were led by Matt Clifford, who grabbed one goal and two assists. Clifford scored on the power play 5:40 into the second period to make the score 3-2 Orillia. Orillia had gotten the advantage when Midland's Buehler was sent off for unsportsmanlike conduct. Jacob Beard provided the assist. Orillia also got points from Beard, who also tallied one goal and one assist and Jordan Felix, who also registered one goal and one assist. More assists for Orillia came via Andreas Alexiou, who had one.

The Flyers registered zero goals on two power play opportunities. For Midland, Matt Smith was ejected from the game. The Terriers' Weiss stopped 29 shots out of the 34 that he faced. Orillia incurred 14 minutes in penalty time with seven minors.