Special to The Standard
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.