"It was definitely two contrasting styles of play," said Gregg. "I wasn't surprised that they came out with that style of attack because they knew we were a skill team, so they tried to disrupt our style of play."
Mohonasen elected to stick with passing the ball around and creating scoring opportunities whenever possible. The Mighty Warriors had several opportunities to tie the game following Gordon's goal before Stephen Coughlin struck a tough-angle shot past DeBiase midway through the first half.
"He just put in a tremendous amount of work this season and I'm happy he got rewarded for it (with a playoff goal)," Gregg said of Coughlin, who had scored only one goal during the regular season.
The drama increased after Coughlin's goal. One minute later, a Scotia-Glenville player was sent off for a red card after fouling Jasenski near the end line. Despite being a man down, the Tartans kept applying pressure on every Mohonasen player possessing the ball and creating fast break opportunities.
"Prior to the red card, we were relying on a 4-4-2 formation (with two forwards, four midfielders and four defensemen)," said Bailey. "After they tied the game and we got the red card, we switched to a 4-4-1 formation where we only had one forward up front, and we went to man-marking Jasenski (instead of double-teaming him)."
"Scotia put in such an amazing work rate the entire game," said Gregg. "Even with 10 men, they were still playing hard."
It came as no surprise to Gregg that Scotia-Glenville kept playing hard. He knew Bailey would motivate his players because Gregg once played for Bailey at Schalmont.
"It was a tough way for him to lose with the work his team put in," said Gregg.
"I was really proud of our guys' effort. They couldn't have played any better," said Bailey.