Special to The Standard
The Lindsay Muskies are currently finishing up training camp and getting set for the 2017/18 OJHL season. All of the preseason games are now wrapped up, and the team will have a week full of practice before the season opener, at home on Friday night when they host Orangeville.
The Muskies finished the preseason exhibition games with a record of 1 win, 1 regulation loss, 1 overtime loss, 1 double overtime loss, and 1 tie.
The team will be looking to improve upon last year’s record of 14-36-0-1. They remained in the playoff hunt until the last couple of weeks, but eventually fell short.
Head Coach Dan West and Assistant Coach Jon Campbell were happy with the training camp overall, when I last spoke with them after the team’s final preseason game, a 3-1 win over the Stouffville Spirit.
“It was nice to wrap up the preseason with a win”, said West. “The kids battled hard all through camp, and there are still things to work on, but it’s nice to see things coming together”.
Momentum did seem to build nicely as the camp wore on. The team fell 5-0 in the opener to Cobourg, in a game where only one returning player was dressed for the match. Later in the week, they battled the same Cougars to a 4-3 overtime loss. Game three was a 4-3 double overtime loss, in Pickering, followed by a 2-2 tie with the same Panthers, in a return match. The team then picked up a 3-1 come from behind win, over Stouffville in the final match.
While the team did have some players from last season move on , including last year’s Captain Cam Lamport, who landed a spot at Royal Military College in Kingston, there are a number of returning players, who’ll be leaned upon for more leadership with another year under their belt. There will also be as many as 10 new faces on the team.
The goaltending looked good in the preseason. Tyler Richardson, who joined the team late last season, picked up the win in the last game, while Blake Curran, who played last year with the Peterborough AAA Midget squad, looked good in the games he appeared in as well.