Special to The Standard
LINDSAY: The Lindsay Muskies hosted the Markham Royals, on Friday night in Lindsay, and when the dust settled the Royals skated away with a 5-1 victory.
The first period featured a few good chances, most of them going to the Royals, but it was the Muskies that enjoyed a 4 minute power play early in the game. The Muskies did not score on that opportunity. At 12:49, while short handed again, Markham found themselves on a 2 on 1 break that Rylee St. Onge converted into a 1-0 lead. The goal was set up by Sam Hu. Muskies defender Braeden Kublick nearly tied the match late in the period, beating Markham goalie Marcus Semiao, but not beating the goalpost.
The Royals increased their lead to 2-0 at 10:49, when a long point shot got through a crowd and beat Muskies starting goalie, Rock Boynton. Jonathan Tecce scored the goal with St. Onge, and Hu getting the assists. The Muskies finally got on the board, when a Kyle Diamond centering attempt found the back of the goal at 13:57. Cole Robbins, and Cam Lamport got the helpers, and moments later the Muskies very nearly tied the game, when a Brock Traill short handed attempt went just over the crossbar. Bad luck bit the Fish just before the end of the period. A Muskies break was stopped by Semiao, and he got the puck up to Douglas Carter, who broke in alone and scored at 19:24 to make it 3-1. In the last seconds of the period Boynton came up big, stopping another breakaway attempt.
At the 5:15 mark of the third, any hopes of a Muskie comeback were dashed, by a controversial goal off the skate of Josh Hardiman. One referee behind the goal signalled a good goal, but the second referee skated in right away to talk it over. After a short discussion the goal stood. Laine MacKay was awarded the lone assist. At 14;12 A Muskie turnover led to the last goal. Hudson Michaelis, from Lucas Condotta, and Brett Ouderkirk was the scoring play rounding out the 5-1 score.
Despite the team’s slow start to the season, rookie Noah Dollo has been off to a great start. The Minden native has picked up 2 goals, and 6 assists over the first 11 games, including a 4 point night last Friday against Pickering. Although he is off to a strong start he is feeling the frustration that the team is, early on. “Sometimes the room gets quiet after a loss. We just need to keep communicating out there and get some bounces”, said Dollo. Prior to joining the Muskies, he played AAA in Clarington, and high school hockey in Haliburton.
The Muskies don’t have much time to dwell on the loss, as they are right back at it Saturday night, in Georgetown.