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The Lindsay Muskies were on the road for the final time this season on Sunday afternoon. A second period rally came up short as the Muskies eventually fell to the Kingston Voyageurs by a score of 5-2.
Danny Bosio got the home town Vees on the board first, when he beat Muskies goaltender Tyler Richardson at 5:12, from Cole Edwards and Austin Grzenia. The Vees held an 18-7 shot advantage in the first period, and at 12:35 they doubled their lead on a goal from Kyle Hallbauer. That goal was assissted by Josh Leblanc and Reid Russell.
Leblanc put Kingston up by three, just 46 seconds into the second period, when he scored a goal set up by Dorian Overland and Rob Clerc. Lindsay got things rolling shortly afterward, when Noah Dollo scored his 13th goal of his rookie season at 2:27. The goal was unassisted. Brock Traill scored a short handed goal, also his 13th at 8:04, from Cam Lamport and goaltender Tyler Richardson, to put the Muskies within one goal. That’s the way the second period would end.
In the third, it did not take long for Kingston to regain their two goal cushion, when Edwards scored at 1:11 from Grzenia and Bosio. The final goal came at 8:32, when Leblanc scored from Russell and Overland, wrapping up the 5-2 victory.
Zach Springer made 26 saves for the win for Kingston, while Richardson made 38 saves in the loss.
The next action for Lindsay is the season’s final game this Friday night, when they host St. Mike’s at the Lindsay Recreation Center.
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The Lindsay Curling Club played host to the Provincial Seniors this past week, with two local rinks participating in the weeklong round-robin event.
Uxbridge’s Gary Grant with his team of Bill Harrison, Dave Farr, and Randy Grant finished the eight game round-robin in second place, with six wins and two losses. Since this event leads to a National a playoff is required, with Team Grant earning a spot in the semi-finals. In the semis, Team Grant beat Scarboro Golf’s Rob Lobel 6-2, booking their ticket in the finals, against Howard Rajala from the Rideau Curling Club.
Rajala took his deuce with hammer in the first end, then forced Grant to a single in the second. A steal of one in the fourth by Grant tied the score at two at the game’s midway point. After Rajala took one in the fifth, Grant scored two in the seventh end, to lead 4-3 heading into the final end. However, the Rajala would use hammer to his advantage and score his two points on the last shot of the game, removing the Grant counter to win 5-4. Rajala will now represent Ontario at the Nationals in Fredericton, New Brunswick, in mid-March.
This was a great week overall for Team Grant but it’s another heartbreaking loss for the team, who also lost the Seniors Provincials final by one point last year.
Hold your head high boys, you make us all very proud of your accomplishments.
On the women's side, Port Perry’s Carol Jackson’s team of Laura Davis-Cook, Marilyn Plekaitis, and Pat Reid finished the week with three wins and four losses, tied for fifth. The team started the week with two consecutive losses, but bounced back with three consecutive wins to keep their playoff hopes alive. Unfortunately, the team finished the round-robin with two losses, putting an end to their playoff prospects. Congratulations ladies on another strong Provincial performance and a great season.
Great Times at South Scugog Auto Bonspiel
The Port Perry Curling Club hosted their annual Mens bonspiel, sponsored by South Scugog Auto Sales. Sixteen mens teams participated, playing three eight end games, and were treated to a great time and local hospitality.
On the early draw, Port Perry’s Terry Golphin skipped his team of Shawn Parish, Isaac Sutton and Matt Wilkes to three wins and first place. The other top teams on this draw were skipped by Ken Slute and Don Beaton. On the late draw, the top team was Andrew Batchelor from Carleton Place, followed by York’s Dan Cleutinx and Dave Phillip from Port Perry.
Special thanks to title sponsor Glenn and Kelly Evans, from South Scugog Auto Sales, and to Jake Haak for his food donations and draw master Ken Jeffrey.
Townley Off to Colts Provincials
This past weekend in the Provincial Qualifier at the Thornhill Curling Club, Uxbridge’s Spencer Townley, who plays second for the Chris Van Huyse rink, booked his ticket to Colts Provincials. After losing their opening game against the eventual A-Side winner, Dave Ellis from Leaside 6-5 in an extra-end, the team pulled things together and won four consecutive games, to win the B-Side. Colts Provincials will be held March 15th to 19th, at the Meaford Curling Club.
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W.O. Insurance took the win against Race Trac, 15-1. W.O. Insurance’s goals came from Levi Hudgins (7), Cole Millson (6), Griffen Jones and Liam Bentley. Hudgins also made two assists. Liam Craigen earned the solo goal for Race Trac. Canadian Tire beat out Herrington’s, 4-2. Canadian Tire’s Carson Ratych (2), Kayleigh Malarczuk and Charles Langford scored. Herrington’s Delaney Cornelisse Hall and Liam O’Donoghue scored, with an assist by Spencer Meyer.
Shagg’s won against Eco Water, 6-4. Zachary Graziotto (2), Joe Rossi (2), Thomas Worona and Nolan Keith scored for Shagg’s. Eco Water’s goals were by Andrew Potter (2) and Brendan Potter (2). J.F. Construction cleaned up against Krown Rust, 5-1. J.F. Construction’s Charlotte Frew (3), Franklyn Sleep and Jamie Stokes scored, with an assist from Frew. Krown Rust’s Cole Price got the single goal.
Low & Low squeezed in for the win against ChrisMcAuley.ca, 7-6. Low & Low’s Noah Graziotto (3), Rachel Hussey (3) and Oliver Worona scored, with Isabella O’Donoghue earning 3 assists. Dylan Grant (4), Owen Chaikosky and Brady Metcalfe scored for ChrisMcAuley.ca. Thomas Langford made an assist. Port Perry Dental won against Buck’s Construx, 5-4. Port Perry Dental’s Adam Goble (3), Damien Stephenson and Nathan Watson scored, while Abbie Stephens and Goble made assists. Cole Casserly (2), Derek Radtke and Jake Zekveld scored for Buck’s Construx. Casserly also earned an assist.
All Flags Shell took the win over Cochrane Tree Service, 8-5. Brody Jay (5), Keeley Jay, Aidan Joyce and Emily VanUden were the goal scorers for All Flags Shell. Cochrane Tree Service had goals from Jayden Doleweerd (2), Jack Farrugia, Jacob MacLennan and Toni Boadway. Farrugia also made 3 assists. Goble Transport beat out South Scugog Auto, 6-3. Goble Transport’s Jacob Buchanan (4), Brayden Vanderligt and Bailey Wilson scored. Emily Goble (2), Buchanan, Vanderligt and Wilson earned assists. South Scugog Auto’s Grant Barkey (2) and Emmalee Beevor scored, while James Shier and Beevor made assists.
Luchka Float Service took the win against Omnific Design, 9-7. Luchka Float Service’s Brandon Sinclair (6), Carson Nozdryn (2) and Sean Ashby scored, with Karrah Mulligan assisting. Omnific Design’s Tim Rudkin (4), Mari McDowell (2) and Katie Brown scored. Denault Contracting won against Urban Landscape, 11-4. Denault Contracting’s Brandon Yeomanson (5), Cameron Barkey (4), Allison Brewster and Cael Williams scored. Robbie Boadway (2), Barkey (2), and Yeomanson earned assists. Urban Landscape’s Aidan Braband (2) and Benjamin Sargent (2) scored, with Braband also making an assist.
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UXBRIDGE: Completing a thrilling comeback, against the North Kawartha Knights in their Provincial Junior Hockey League (PJHL) Orr Division quarterfinal series, has earned the Uxbridge Bruins a date with the regular season champion Lakefield Chiefs in the semifinals.
The Bruins capped a thrilling back-and-forth series with the Knights, by posting a 3-2 overtime win, at the Bear Den on Friday night, followed by a dramatic 7-5 victory in Game 7, less than 24 hours later in Apsley.
Earlier in the week, the Knights were able to take a pair of 4-3 wins, in overtime in Uxbridge on Monday as well as the next night in Apsley, and push themselves to a three-games-to-two advantage in the series.
With their backs against the wall, the Bruins stormed out of the gates, at the Bear Den on Friday night, spurred on by the largest crowd of the season to date. Uxbridge controlled the pace early on, with Coby Gardner and Aiden Reilly buzzing all over the ice, creating several excellent opportunities for the home side.
With just over six minutes to play in the opening stanza, Adam Bartholomew slammed in a shot from the point, assisted by Gardner and Wes Cowie, to give the Bruins a 1-0 advantage through 20 minutes of play.
The second period saw sensational saves, from Jake Joosten and North Kawartha’s Spencer Green as they duelled to keep the score steady at 1-0. With just over four minutes remaining in the second, Gardner made a spectacular play, dusting himself off from a devastating hit behind the net, to bat the puck out of midair behind Joosten, robbing the Knights of a certain goal.
Less than a minute later, the momentum swung back to Uxbridge, as Nick Sribny fought through traffic in front of the net to score on a rebound and push the Bruins’ lead to 2-0. However, the Knights would break up Joosten’s shutout bid, with a power play goal late in the second, to close the gap to a single score.
With both sides desperate to score in the third period, the Knights made the most of a late 5-on-3 situation scoring another power play goal, with just over six minutes remaining, to force another overtime encounter.
Just over two minutes into the extra frame, Damien Heinle would prove the hero for the delirious Uxbridge crowd, when he corralled a loose puck from Reilly and flipped the puck just out of Green’s grasp to force a do-or-die Game 7, the following night in Apsley.
In Game 7, the Bruins rolled through the first 41 minutes of action, taking a commanding 7-1 lead. Reilly and Heinle scored in the first and second periods, with Cowie and Simon Feig adding to the scoresheet in the second. A powerplay goal by Robert Freckelton less than a minute into the third period pushed the Bruins’ lead to six goals.
However, the tide would turn shortly afterwards, with the Knights lighting the lamp four times, in a disastrous nine-minute stretch in the third period. But, the Bruins found their footing and were able to claw their way back into the game, keeping the North Kawartha attack at bay down the stretch, to emerge victorious and secure their place in the Orr Division semifinals.
- The Bruins’ series with Lakefield began on the road on Tuesday night, after The Standard’s press deadline, and will shift back to Uxbridge on Friday night at 7:45 p.m. The action continues in Lakefield, on Sunday, Feb. 26th at 8:30 p.m., returning to Uxbridge, on Monday, Feb. 27th for Game 4 at 8:30 p.m. If necessary, Game 5 is slated for Tuesday night in Lakefield, Game 6 will be back in Uxbridge on Friday, March 3rd, and Game 7 goes at 1:30 p.m. in Lakefield on Sunday, March 5th.
- Following their Game 6 win, Uxbridge revealed they will be without defenceman Adam Bartholomew for the remainder of the playoffs, due to medical reasons. The veteran blueliner was a physical force against the Knights, as well as contributing four goals and an assist through six games. The Standard wishes him a speedy recovery.
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The Uxbridge Bruins rebounded from a disastrous start to their Provincial Junior Hockey League Orr Division quarterfinal series with the North Kawartha Knights, to take a two-games-to-one lead following back-to-back 4-3 victories, over the weekend.
The series started on Thursday night in Apsley, with the Bruins needing a goal from Damien Heinle in the final minute to break up a shutout bid for the Knights, as the third-year franchise earned its first-ever playoff win by a 5-1 margin.
Uxbridge would quickly regroup, however, as the series shifted back to the Bear Den, for a Friday night match-up on Feb. 10th.
The Knights would take a 1-0 lead on a powerplay goal, just over seven minutes into the action, and looked to be able to carry the advantage into the intermission, but the Bruins scored with just 36 seconds left in the frame, as the Knights surrendered a lown goal, credited to Adam Bartholomew, to knot the action 1-1.
Early in the second period, North Kawartha would regain the lead on a powerplay goal, but less than five minutes later, Aiden Reilly scored on assists from Nick Sribny and Jason Simmonds to even the score. Then, almost four minutes later, Cameron Moffitt slammed home a pass from Derek Dolan, to give Uxbridge its first lead of the series.
Just over three minutes into the third period, Moffitt took a pass from Sribny, charging into the offensive zone scoring his second of the evening, to give Uxbridge some breathing room down the stretch. The goal would prove pivotal, as the Knights drew to within one, and applied heavy pressure to the Bruins in the waning stages of the match, with Uxbridge killing penalties and the North Kawartha net empty in favour of an extra attacker. But the Knights were unable to solve the sensational saves from Bruins goalie Ryan McConkney, as they evened the series at one-game-apiece.
The series kept up its brisk pace, the following night back in Apsley, for the third game in three nights. The score stayed the same, as the Bruins escaped with a 4-3 win, leading in the series heading into Monday night’s Game 4 at the Bear Den, after The Standard’s press deadline.
On Saturday night, for the third straight game, the Knights took an early lead, but a power play goal by Coby Gardner late in the frame, assisted by Marshall Lockhart and Wes Cowie, would leave the game deadlocked through 20 minutes of action.
Just over a minute into the second, Simon Feig put the Bruins ahead, with Sribny chipping in the lone assist, and six minutes later Reilly provided a two-goal cushion assisted by Heinle. However, spurred on by a boisterous home crowd, the Knights rallied with a powerplay goal, to draw to within a goal heading into the third period.
Uxbridge would waste little time restoring their two-goal lead, with Reilly lighting the lamp, just over a minute into the final frame, assisted by Heinle and Bartholomew. And despite the Knights drawing back to within a goal, they were once again unable to solve McConkney and a stellar effort from the Bruins’ defensive corps, so Uxbridge prevailed by a final score of 4-3.
Game 5 of the series will be contested in Apsley, on Tuesday, Feb. 14th, wrapping up a whirlwind stretch of five games in six days, to open the quarterfinals. If needed, Game 6 is back at the Bear Den on Friday, Feb. 17th, with the puck dropping at 7:45 p.m. Game 7 is slated for Saturday night in Apsley, starting at 7:25 p.m.
In the other Orr Division quarterfinal series, the Clarington Eagles hold a commanding three-games-to-none lead on the Little Britain Merchants. The Eagles took Game 1 by a score of 7-1, then skated to a 9-3 win in Little Britain on Saturday night, before cashing in an 8-3 win over the Merchants, back in Bowmanville on Sunday evening. The Merchants will look to hold off elimination on home ice, on Wednesday evening, starting at 7:30 p.m.
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LINDSAY: Any faint hopes the Lindsay Muskies had of making the post season officially came to an end Friday night, as the Aurora Tigers skated past the Muskies by a score of 4-3.
The Muskies started the game with some good pressure, but were not able to get anything past Brayden Lachance in the Tiger’s goal. Brandon MacKinnon opened the scoring for Aurora at 14:48, on a goal assisted by Daniel Tomassetti. Mel Meconian made it 2-0 at 18:20, from Tyler Davis and Sebastion Cirillo on a power play. Things looked bleak, as the Muskies took another penalty late in the first, but, with just seconds left on the clock, Ethan Ramsden scooped up a loose puck and raced in to score his 5th of the season, with less than one second left.
The teams played an entertaining second period, with the Muskies pressing for the equalizer, but at 17:26 Davis made it 3-1 Aurora, on a goal assisted by Eric Holland and Melconian.
Early in the third, Brock Traill’s 12th of the year got the Fish back within one goal. The goal came at 1:35, and was set up by Cam Lamport and Zac Treen, but at 3:05, Holland put the Tigers back up by two. Melconian and Anthony Paveglio picked up the helpers on that one. The Muskies were not ready to pack it in though and got right back in the game, on Ryan Smith’s 10th goal of the season from Braydon Leeking at 8:52. That was as close as the Fish would get on this night.
After the game Head Coach Dan West said that although the team is no longer in the race it’s still disappointing to drop games like this one. “We did some things really well tonight, but not well enough to win”, he said.
Lindsay Muskies vs Wellington Dukes Sunday Afternoon
The goals came early and often, in Wellington Sunday afternoon, but only one of them went to the Muskies, as Wellington’s Rory Milne had a five point game in a 9-1 Wellington victory.
Colin Doyle got Wellington on the board at 4:32 of the first, from Braydon Stortz and Milne. Then it was Mitchell Mendonca, with his first of two from Austin Labelle and Milne at 6:03. Doyle’s second came on a power play, at 14:55 from Nic Mucci and Brody Morris, then Milne scored at 17:17, from Mitchell Martan and Carter Allen, to finish a four goal first period for the Dukes.
In the second period, Russell Nowry’s 15th goal of the season from Kyle Diamond got the Muskies on the board at the five minute mark, but the Dukes would pour in three more, before the period ended, for a commanding lead. At 8:46 it was Justin Bean from Morris and Milne. At 11:25 Mendonca got his second of the game from Milne and Labelle, then Evan Foley scored at 17:59 from Bean and Jackson Arcan, on a power play.
In the third Brendan Rylott scored at 1:59, from Stortz, Kyle Prendel and Arcan, rounding out the scoring on a power play at 13:32 from Martan and Allen.
The Muskies are off now till Thursday, when they travel to Newmarket.
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SCUGOG: TYKE: W.O. Insurance took the win against Canadian Tire, 8-4. Scoring for W.O. Insurance were Levi Hudgin (3), Cole Millison (2), Liam Bentley, Luke Morden and Jackson Schofield. Canadian Tire’s goals were by Abigail Heasman (2), Kayleigh Malarczuk, and Hayden Ratych, with an assist by Heasman.
Race Trac cleaned up against Herrington’s, 17-3. Luke McLaughlin (8), Caitlyn Milford (4), Karsen Page (2), Jackson Powell, Liam Craigen and Hudson Bell were the goal scorers for Race Trac. Herrington’s Liam O’Donoghue, Spencer Meyer and Lyla Buchanan scored, with Buchanan making two assists.
NOVICE: Shagg’s earned the win against J.F. Construction, 7-2. Shagg’s goals were scored by Nolan Keith (2), Liam Kench (2), William Pelton (2) and Myles Prusinski, with assists by Keith (2) and Prusinski. J.F. Construction’s two goals were by Charlotte Frew. Krown Rust had a big win against Eco Water, 11-5. Krown Rust’s Reid Barkey (4), Liam Shisko (3), Ethan Sneath (2), Austin Clark and Henry Zha scored, assisting were Barkey, Sneath and Shisko. Eco-Water’s Brendan Potter (3), Carter Scott and Joel Morrow were goal scorers, with Lucas Culbert-Castello and Morrow making assists.
ATOM: Buck’s Construx took the win against Low & Low, 6-3. Buck’s Construx goals came from Derek Radtke (5) and Cole Casserly, with Radtke also making an assist. Noah Graziotto scored a hat trick for Low & Low, with an assist from Simon Stryde.
ChrisMcAuley.ca won out against Port Perry Dental, 13-3. ChrisMcAuley.ca’s goals were from Ian Barkey (5), Owen Chaikosky (4), Dylan Grant (2) and Tyler Malarczuk (2), assisting were Thomas Langford (2), Devon Gadsden, Brady Metcalfe, Spencer Park, Brooklyn Pall and Malarczuk. Port Perry Dental’s Adam Goble (2) and Merrick Lawson scored, with an assist from Damien Stephenson.
PEEWEE: All Flags Shell won against Goble Transport, 8-3. All Flags Shell had goals from Brody Jay (2), Aidan Joyce (2), Lucas Braband, Cole Stephens, Leah Seeney and Emily VanUden, assisting were Joyce (2), Seeney (2) and VanUden. Jacob Buchanan scored Goble Transport’s hat trick, with an assist from Brayden Vanderligt.
South Scugog Auto won against Cochrane Tree Service, 6-3. South Scugog Auto’s Grant Barkey (4) and Emmalee Beevor (2) scored, with assists from Julian Peckford and Barkey. Cochrane Tree Service’s goals came from Jayden Doleweerd, Shayne Hurst and Jacob MacLennan.
MIDGET: Luchka Float Service won against Urban Landscape, 13-3. Luchka Float Service’s goals were by Brandon Sinclair (8), Brandon Yeomanson (3), Tyrus Jay and Sean Ashby. Sierra Frew, Jay, Ashby, and Sinclair earned assists. Kadin Martin (2) and Benjamin Sargent scored for Urban Landscape, with an assist from Quinten Hannon.
Omnific Design took the win against Denault Contracting, 7-2. Omnific Design’s Kain MacIver (3), Billy Parkinson (2) Cameron Murphy and Katie Brown scored, with Murphy and Brown each making an assist. Denault Contracting’s Brandon Yeomanson scored both goals.
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TYKE: Canadian Tire beat out Herrington’s, 7-3. Canadian Tire’s Abigail Heasman (5), Kayleigh Malarczuk and Hayden Ratych scored. Liam O’Donoghue earned a hat trick for Herrington’s. W.O. Insurance won against Race Trac, 7-4. Levi Hudgin (6) and Liam Bentley scored for W.O. Insurance, while Cole Millison made two assists. Race Trac’s Caitlyn Milford (3) and Luke McLaughlin scored with Norah Hamill’s assist.
NOVICE: J.F. Construction beat Crown Rust, 7-2. Elizabeth Heasman (3), Charlotte Frew (3) and Maeve Hamill scored for J.F. Construction. Heasman also made one assist. Scoring for Krown Rust were Reid Barkey and Henry Zha. It was a high score for Shagg’s as they took the win against Eco Water, 14-2. Scoring for Shagg’s were Nolan Keith (3), Myles Prusinski (3), Ethan Powell (3), Liam Kench (2), Jackson VanKessel, William Pelton and Zachary Graziotto. Assisting were Keith (3), Kench (2), Powell (2), Pelton and VanKessel. Joel Morrow and Carter Scott scored for Eco Water. Morrow came up with one assist.
ATOM: Buck’s Construx won against Port Perry Dental, 6-1. Buck’s Construx goals came from Jake Zekveld (4), Cole Casserly and Caden Aspin. Zekveld and Aspin each earned an assist as well. Port Perry Dental’s solo goal came from Nathan Bowers. Low & Low beat out ChrisMcAuley.ca, 6-4. Low & Low’s Noah Graziotto (3), Rachel Hussey, Simon Stryde and Oliver Worona scored. Graziotto also made two assists. ChrisMcAuley.ca had goals from Owen Chaikosky (2), Ian Barkey and Tyler Malarczuk. Barkey (2) and Malarczuk made assists.
PEEWEE: South Scugog Sales won against Goble Transport, 8-4. Grant Barkey (6), and Foster Abery (2) scored for South Scugog Sales while Jamy Vernon, Andrew McKay and Barkey assisted. Goble Transport’s Jacob Buchanan (3) and Ian Barkey scored and each earned an assist too. All Flags took the win against Cochrane Tree Service, 4-1. All Flags had goals come from Cole Stephens (2), Emily VanUden and Brody Jay. Lucas Braband, Stephens and VanUden made assists. Jack Farugia scored Cochrane Tree Service’s single goal.
MIDGET: Urban Landscape beat out Denault, 5-2. Urban Landscape’s Julian Morrison (2), Kadin Martin, Aidan Braband and Benjamin Sargent scored. Assisting were Macy Scarlett, Martin and Braband. Denault’s goal scorers were Cael Williams and Brandon Yeomanson with Cameron Barkey making an assist. Omnific Design came up on top against Luchka Float Service, 6-4. Omnific Design’s Shannon Arney, Hannah Buchanan, Kain McIver, Mari McDowell, Cameron Murphy and Billy Parkinson scored. Assisting were Katie Brown (2), Arney (2), Buchanan (2), MacIver and Murphy. Luchka Float Service’s goals were from Brandon Sinclair (4) with Tyrus Jay (2) and Sean Ashby assisting.
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Playoff hockey is coming back to Little Britain this weekend, with the Merchants likely to square off against the Clarington Eagles, in the Provincial Junior Hockey League (PJHL) Orr Division quarterfinals.
As of press time, Little Britain’s quarterfinal opponent was not made official, but several sources indicated to The Standard that both first-place Lakefield and second-place Port Perry would opt for a quarterfinal bye, leaving third-place Clarington to square off against the Merchants, the sixth-place finishers in the regular season standings.
This past weekend, Little Britain closed out the campaign with a 1-1 tie against Uxbridge, followed by a hard-fought 6-3 loss to Port Perry.
The Merchants opened the final weekend of the regular season, on home ice with the rival Uxbridge Bruins in town, for a Saturday night match-up.
The teams traded scoring chances throughout the opening period, but neither was able to find the back of the net. A 20 minute delay occurred, with just 11 seconds remaining in the first period, as arena staff worked to replace a broken pane of glass.
The longer layoff did little to dampen the enthusiasm on both sides, as they resumed a brisk back-and-forth pace to start the second period.
With just over six minutes remaining in the second, Uxbridge scored to take a 1-0 advantage into the third period.
However, just 30 seconds into the third period, Aidan Renouf cashed in with a powerplay goal, assisted by Billy Finney, to even the score. But, that would round out the scoring, as both sides traded remarkable chances, throughout the third period and into overtime. However, they could not solve the sensational saves made by Uxbridge’s Jake Joosten and Little Britain’s Adam Harris.
The next day saw the Merchants back in action, in Port Perry for a matinee match-up against the MoJacks.
Late in the first period, a power play goal by Jesse Craig tied the game 1-1, to open the scoring for Little Britain. After an early goal by the MoJacks in the second, restored an advantage for the home side, the Merchants rang up a pair of goals, just 18 seconds apart, less than a minute after the MoJacks had scored. Michael Cox finished off excellent passing, between Jordan Sharpe and Hayden Long, before Ryan Shaw pushed the Merchants into a 3-2 lead, with assists credited to Mark Harris and Craig.
The lead would not last however, as the MoJacks stormed back with a pair of goals later in the middle stanza and another in the third period, to double up the Merchants by a final score of 6-3.
Following the game, Merchants head coach Geoff Field told The Standard he expects his team to be tough to play against in the postseason.
“Through the regular season you play each other enough to get a really good sense of every team’s strength and weakness. We’re going to take what we know and combine it with a focus on our special teams,” explained Field. “With a full committed team, playing with confidence and working hard on defence, to go with a balanced offence, I think that we will be able to compete with any team in the division. This loop has always been really balanced and evenly matched come playoff time, and I think you will see that continue this year.”
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LINDSAY: The Lindsay Muskies were the better team for 59 minutes Friday night, but a late penalty gave the Newmarket Hurricanes a chance to wiggle off the hook, and they eventually scored a 3-2 win in double overtime.
The loss deals a serious blow to the playoff hopes of the Lindsay Muskies, as they now trail Newmarket by eight points in the standings. Lindsay has only seven games remaining in the season while Newmarket has nine.
The Muskies dominated play for long periods in the first, and were rewarded with the first goal on a power play at 15:38. Brett Poulin got the goal, putting a rebound past Newmarket goaltender Fraser Kirk. The goal was Poulin’s 4th of the season, and was assisted by Cole Robbins and Matt McNamara.
In the second period, the Hurricanes drew on a controversial goal. Brendan Young was standing to the left of Tyler Richardson in the Lindsay goal. Young took full advantage of the extra room, provided by the left goal post being clearly off the mooring, and fired the puck into the dislodged goal. Incredibly, the referee signaled a goal, and despite being approached by another official, at center ice before the next puck drop, his mind was not about to be changed and we had a tie game. The goal came at 2:21, and was assisted by Alex Ierullo and Quinn Yule. The Muskies responded well to the misfortune though and kept coming on strong, and were rewarded when Cole Robbins backhanded home a rebound at 10:06, for a second power play goal. The goal was Robbins 8th goal of the season, and the assists went to Russell Nowry and Dayton Kent.
In the third period the Hurricanes began to come on a little stronger, but Tyler Richardson was doing a great job of keeping them at bay with a number of big saves. Things were looking good for the Fish midway through the third, when they had a 36 second two man advantage, but they were unable to score that crucial insurance goal. Then things fell apart in the last minute. With 57 seconds left on the clock, the Muskies were assessed a slashing penalty and then an abuse of officials call for arguing a little too much. That was the opening the Hurricanes needed. The Hurricanes also pulled their goaltender giving them a 6 on 4 skater advantage, and the Muskies missed three chances to clear their zone, as pucks were just beyond their reach, allowing Marco Bozzo the chance he needed to tie the game at 2-2, with 36 seconds left in the game. Cole Thiessen picked up the lone assist.
The game very easily could have ended in the first overtime, had it not been for Richardson in the Lindsay goal. Newmarket dominated the 4 on 4 but were unable to score. In the 3 on 3 though, it only took them 46 seconds before Bozzo’s second of the game sealed the Muskies fate on this night. Todd Winder was awarded the lone assist.
Lindsay Muskies vs Pickering Panthers Sunday Night
While not officially eliminated from playoff contention, the Lindsay Muskies are certainly on life support after suffering a 3-1 loss to the Pickering Panthers Sunday night.
Cole Robbins scored his 9th of the year to put the Muskies in front, at the 11:59 mark of the first period.
The goal was assisted by Russell Nowry and Brett Poulin. There would be no more scoring in the period.
There would only be one goal in the second as well, this one went to the home side, as Steven Elliott scored short handed to tie the game at 1-1. The lone assist on that goal went to Anthony Stavrou, and came at the 1:40 mark of the period.
In the third, it was the Panther power play that came through as Eric Becker scored, from Kyle Hunter and Adam Wheaton at 2:44. The Panthers got an even strength insurance goal at 5:49, from Davis Teigen-Katsumi, set up by Hunter and Wheaton again. That was all the scoring the Panthers would need.
Combined with Newmarket’s 5-1 win over the Markham Royals Sunday afternoon, the Muskies are now a full 10 points behind Newmarket with only six games remaining.
The next game for the Muskies is Friday night when they host Aurora.