Brennan beats Amherst 6-3 to force decisive Game Three

By Joel Charron

It’s going to take a third game to decide who will be the 2011 WECSSAA hockey champions.

The General Amherst Bulldogs missed a chance at closing out the championship series by losing 6-3 against the Brennan Cardinals at the WFCU Center on Thursday afternoon.

“Give Brennan credit, they came out flying,” said head coach Pat Garrett.

The Bulldogs held the series lead 1-0 coming into Game Two and in the early going seemed to pick up right where they left off after their 5-1 Game One win.

Zoran Popel scored 42 seconds into the first period and would hold onto a 1-0 lead heading into the second period.

Brennan made it 1-1 at the 10:18 mark with a power play goal and would take a 2-1 lead with just under four minutes left to play in the second.

Popel would budge the twine with his second goal of the game on the power play.

Amherst goalie Nick Keeler throws out his right pad to make a save in the third period.

Brennan would retake the lead just seven seconds later, only to see Amherst tie it back up when Jeremy Aguilar’s blast from the point found the back of the net.
Brennan would score their four goal of the period with 1:38 left to play to take a 4-3 lead going into the third.

The Cardinals would score twice more in the closing period to force a decisive Game Three on Monday at the United Communities Credit Union Complex at 2 p.m.

“It’s going to take our best effort on Monday to close this series out and move on,” said Garrett. “I think we will be just fine in our barn.”

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