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MONTREAL -- Jack McInerneys first goal in an Impact uniform was the lone bright spot
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MONTREAL -- Jack McInerneys first goal in an Impact uniform was the lone bright spot in an otherwise bland showing by Montreal on Saturday. Custom Astros Jerseys . McInerney, acquired by the Impact last week, scored in his debut -- a 1-1 draw to the Chicago Fire at Montreals Olympic Stadium. Both teams are still winless six games into the MLS season. Montreal (0-3-3) was slow and uninspired for long stretches. The Impact entered the game with an MLS-high 91 shot attempts, including 34 on target. But they were kept relatively quiet by Chicago (0-1-5), hitting the target only twice -- both in the first half. One of those was McInerneys first goal as an Impact, scored in the 42nd minute to give Montreal the 1-0 lead. "Other than the goal, I didnt do well at all," said the 21-year-old McInerney, unhappy with his performance despite getting off the mark with his new club. "I didnt find the ball much out there. But its only the first game. Ive only been here a week." After two good chances by the Fires Jeff Larentowicz, who skied a shot from just outside the six-yard box in the 35th minute, and Patrick Nyarko, whose 37th minute blast was blocked by defender Eric Miller, the Impact took a surprise lead when Marco Di Vaio received a pass and found an onrushing McInerney, flicking the ball onto his path with his head. The newest Impact player walked in all alone, slowed down on the breakaway, and rifled his shot past Fire goalkeeper Sean Johnson. McInerney, who was drafted fifth overall by Philadelphia in 2010, was acquired last week from the Union in exchange for Andrew Wenger. McInerney scored 12 goals in 31 MLS appearances last season for the Union, including twice against the Fire. Impact coach Frank Klopas, playing against his former team for the first time since being let go in October 2013, says he is confident he can build on the chemistry between Di Vaio and McInerney, his two main strikers. "There were moments when they were good," said Klopas, who played for the Fire in the late 90s and coached the squad for 81 games over three seasons between 2011 and 2013. "For sure, its going to get better as time goes on," he added. "We talked about moving the ball quickly, switching the point of attack, looking to combine with both strikers in order to break through." The Impact moved the ball quickly at the end of the first half to break the deadlock, but they did little of it in the second half. Instead, they took three shots, all of them off target, werent awarded any corner kicks, and accumulated 10 fouls. The Chicago Fire, on the other hand, spent a lot of time in Montreals half, dictating the run of play. They directed 17 shots at the net over the course of the game, controlled possession for most of it, and were awarded 10 corners. And all the Chicago corners finally made the Impact pay in the 54th minute. Off a corner, midfielder Larentowiczs header rang off the crossbar before falling to Mike Magee, who squared it across to Quincy Amarikwa in the 18-yard box for his third goal of the season. "Its not obvious, its not easy," said midfielder Patrice Bernier. "Its tough, actually. Youre at home, you take the lead, you need to get points from that." Despite the single point for the draw, the Impact are still stuck in the Eastern Conference basement with three points from six games. Theyve now drawn three straight after opening their season with three losses. "Lets focus on the positive: we havent been losing those games," said Bernier, who came on as a substitute at halftime. "Its a long season. I prefer starting a season slowly and ending it with a bang rather than starting strong and disappearing by the end of it. "Teams are better than us, and we deserve the results were getting. We need to get out of this rut. Other teams wont help us out of this. Its up to us." The Impact look to turn the tide against conference-rivals Sporting Kansas City in their next game, on April 19. Notes: Montreal was without midfielder Hernan Bernardello, who left last weeks game against the New York Red Bulls after landing awkwardly on his right ankle. ... The Impact and Fire play each other twice more this season. ... This was the last game of the season at the Olympic Stadium for the Impact. The team plays its opening game at Saputo Stadium on April 26 against Philadelphia. ... There were 19,313 people in attendance. Jake Marisnick Jersey .Voegele will next play Anna Schmiedlova of Slovakia, who saved 10 of 16 break points to defeat Annika Beck of Germany 7-6 (6), 6-4.Also, Marina Erakovic of New Zealand defeated eighth-seeded Caroline Garcia of France 6-2, 4-6, 6-4. Jose Altuve Jersey . Which is to say, the top of this years draft class is not as dynamic or exciting as the 2013 class of Nate MacKinnon, Sasha Barkov, Jonathan Drouin and Seth Jones and its not as strikingly promising as the highly-anticipated 2015 slate of Connor McDavid, Jack Eichel and Noah Hanifin. http://www.customastrosjersey.com/custom...1136y.html . Wayne and Cindy Tuck of Ilderton, Ont., closed out round-robin play earlier in the day with a 7-3 win over Finland but needed a win over Austria to reach the final eight.TORONTO – This was what Jonathan Bernier wanted all along. This is what he pined for as the backup in Los Angeles, stuck for years in the shadow of Jonathan Quick. And yet now that hes finally gripped hold of his first No. 1 job in the NHL, the 25-year-old knows that satisfaction is far from being attained. "Things can change," he said, mindfully. "You can be a No. 1 for 10 years and then next day, youre a backup. My goal is not to be a No.1 for a year or half a season, I want to be a good goalie for a long time, hopefully." Just 33 starts into that quest – by far the most of his NHL career – Bernier is off to a fine beginning. Starting for the 13th time in the past 17 games against the Lightning on Tuesday night, Bernier stopped 40 shots, including one of game-saving proportions on Martin St. Louis in the final moments. It was the kind of load-bearing performance that has become more norm than exception for Bernier, who is tied for sixth in the NHL in save percentage and fourth in even-strength save percentage among goaltenders with at least 20 starts. "When I got traded, I knew that was my chance to prove what I can do in this league," said Bernier, who is 5-1-0 in his last six starts. "My main focus was always to be a No. 1 guy and Ive still got a lot to learn, but I think Im moving towards that." He and James Reimer traded starts until mid-December before the crease eventually tilted in favour of the Laval, Quebec native. His performance month-to-month has rarely wavered – .933 save percentage in October, .923 in November, .932 in December and .915 so far in January. "I knnew Randy, the type of coach he was," said Bernier of head coach Randy Carlyle, "I knew I had to really battle to earn [the job] which is the good way. Roger Clemens Jersey. You dont want anything for free in life. [But] I didnt really focus on how many games I was playing, I think I was just focusing on getting better every day and every game and it just worked out that I started playing good and he kept me in." Maybe most notable in his year-long efforts has been his ability to withstand a nightly barrage of shots and chances, a far cry from the Kings, who were a constant amongst the NHLs best defensive teams. In fact, Bernier is facing 11 more shots per start this season with the Leafs (35) than a year ago in Los Angeles. He sits a sparkling 7-1-2 when challenged with 40 shots or more. "I think we can still improve as a team," he said honestly of the groups performance. "[Were] still giving up a lot of scoring chances, especially I thought last game wasnt our best one, but were coming out with wins. I think if we want to be successful in the playoffs – Ive been through that – youve really got to bear down defensively and be a good defensive team." Though the goalie competition has gradually evolved into a one-man job, Bernier understands that he is a long ways from proven as a No. 1 starter in this league. But he also carries a certain degree of pride and quiet confidence knowing that hes accomplished what he set out to do upon landing in Toronto. "Its not like I said yesterday I made it, Im a No. 1, I think youre just going day by day," he said. "Obviously, Im happy the way things turned out." ' ' '
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