Special to The Standard
LINDSAY: The Lindsay Muskies missed an excellent opportunity to move up in the standings Sunday afternoon, falling to the Pickering Panthers by a score of 5-1.
The game was actually much closer than the score would indicate, as Pickering really put the game away with just a couple of minutes left on the clock.
The game started off with a good flow each way. Sean Green in the Lindsay net was called upon to make the first big save, stopping Anthony Stavrou on a clear breakaway. The save turned out to be a big one, as soon after Ryan Smith scored his third of the year, from Braydon Leeking and Dayton Kent, at 9:37. Not long after though, the Panthers drew even on a power play, when Tiger McDonald picked off a clearing pass and fired it through a crowd past the Muskie net minder.
The second period featured scoring chances at both ends, and as the period wore on you got the feeling that the next goal would be big. It went to Pickering at the 19:33 mark of the period. It was scored by Russell Nowry, from Anthony Stavrou, and Davis Kuksis.
In the third period the Muskies pressed hard for the elusive tying goal, but Graham Schropp in the Panther goal was having none of it. The Muskies enjoyed a power play early in the period that generated some good pressure, but no goal. Green then made a huge pad save to give his team hope, then Brock Traill broke in alone on a short handed breakaway which was denied.
The back breaker came with only 2:39 left on the clock, when Nowry was set up for a tap in from Stavrou and Kuksis. The Muskies then pulled the goalie for an extra attacker, but the plan backfired, when Nowry completed his hat trick, at 18:08. Just to add insult to injury, Davis Teigen-Katsumi ripped a blast past Green, to make the final 5-1, at 18:17. Tempers flared over, with just over a minute left, as Braydon Leeking, Dayton Kent, Brendan Charlton, and Mitchell Degray were all involved in fights.
The next game for the Muskies is Friday night, when they host the Aurora Tigers.