Improved Offensive Prowess Coupled with Better Defensive Positional
Play Ensure Come from Behind Draw
The Rod Smith Atom B Aces start 2020 with a hard fought 2-2 draw at home against the Ilderton Jets Sunday morning at the RBC. The Jets have been a competitive foe, with the Aces prevailing 1-0 and by allowing a 1-1 tie in previous meetings in keeping with Ace success in low scoring meetings.
With a rested Flanny in net she was made to stand tall against early pressure from the Jets. She withstood the pressure throughout the first showing her developing understanding of her position, knowing when to rise and when to fall to keep the net clean. Flanny would eventually succumb in the second as the Jets would go up 1-0. This however was the spark the Aces would need as they would take the game to the Jet’s net as what has become a trend Leighton Nickel would setup Niamh Appel for a post and in wrister that would silence any confidence the Jets may have gained. Play continued end to end as the Ace D would show better zone positional play protecting their netminder more zealously giving her the security to do her job more effectively. Flanny would however let one more squeak by early in the 3rd putting the jets up 2-1. The Aces would not quit, they would push hard at the Jet net a result of better Ace rushing taking shape at the front end finally resulting in a hard won tap in from Keira Blain after Brinlee Wall would crash the net streaking in from the wing with a hot puck on her stick. The two teams would skate to a 2-2 draw.
The Rod Smith Aces look to get past the South Huron Sabres Wednesday evening before hosting the big and brutal London Devillettes Sunday at the RBC