They would rather the headline read "Flyers extend win streak to six" but that's how the puck bounces sometimes. The Leamington Flyers outshot Toronto 37-30 Thursday night and missed some glorious chance to earn the win in double overtime but had to settle for a 1-1 tie against the visiting Patriots. "You don't play games to tie right." said Flyers forward Ray Hamlin. "We played a good game. Played ten minutes of overtime. We'd like to get a result win or lose. Either way obviously we'd rather be winning especially getting that many chances but at the end of the day we split the two points."
Cayden Faust scored the lone goal for the Flyers at 2:38 of the second period which gave fans the green light to throw their pajamas on the ice for Lola's Pajama Fairy Project. Luciano Bruno countered on the powerplay at 17:22 to close out the scoring.
The Flyers had more than enough chances to earn the second point but could not find the back of the net. "Things happen." said head coach Dale Mitchell. "Our guys have stepped up and scored some big goals throughout the last two weeks so just probably one of those nights.
Although they are the new kids on the block Leamington has held their own as a first year team in the league. After an 8-6-2 start the Flyers have gone 5-0-1 in their last six games to move into a 4th place tie with Georgetown with a game in hand. They trail 3rd place Buffalo by a points with a game in hand.
Mitchell feels the tide turned two weeks ago during a win against division-leading Collingwood. The Flyers handed them their second loss of the season which ignited Leamington's current streak. "We beat them at home. Guys really started to feel like, they understood about playing the right way. They all wanna go to another level but we gotta make sure we do the right things to get to that next level."
Hamlin says it's been very easy to play in Leamington this season. "Bunch of great guys. We all like each other in there. I think we're a good team and got a lot of good players. It was just a matter of time before we started winning."
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