Article by I. Schoonderbeek/Media by C. Archer & N. Schoonderbeek
It wasn’t a great start to 2023. The Clarington Eagles fell 4-1 to the visiting Georgina Ice Thursday in one of their worst performances of the season.
The Ice opened the scoring with two quick goals 13 minutes into the first period. For the first goal, they took advantage of a bad Eagles line change to create an odd-man situation in the Clarington zone. A Georgina forward was left wide open at the edge of the crease and made no mistake snapping a one-timer past an outstretched Marc-Olivier Robert.
Before the opening goal was even finished being announced, Georgina added another 20 seconds later. An Ice forward gained the Clarington zone with speed and buried a shot from the faceoff dot over the glove of Robert, who was caught a little too deep in his net on the play.
With just over two minutes left to play in the first, Watson had difficulty controlling a Georgina shot which managed to trickle just over the goal line to extend the Ice’s lead to 3-0.
Georgina would go on to score a shorthanded breakaway goal to extend the lead to 4-1 to round out the scoring.
“We didn’t get out to a good start tonight,” said head coach Dean Baumhauer. “My concern is we were down 3-0 after one, and there wasn’t much of a pushback in the second. Georgina played hard. Once they got up they played a trap, and we couldn’t respond to it. We didn’t really have anybody who played well tonight, so you don’t usually win when that happens.”
Baumhauer noted that the extended break seemed to have affected his players. “We looked out of shape,” he said. “Georgina played like they didn’t eat turkey every day (of the Christmas break); we played like we did. We’ll have to bounce back Sunday.”
The boys have a chance to redeem themselves Sunday, January 8, when they travel to Port Perry to take on the Lumberjacks at Scugog Arena. Puck drop is 2:25 p.m.