Special to The Standard
LINDSAY: Even though the Lindsay Muskies got three goals from Captain Cam Lamport, it wasn’t quite enough as they dropped an exciting 5-4 decision in overtime Friday night to the Toronto Junior Canadiens.
Lamport, who had been out for the last five games, did not take long to get involved, as he took a nice feed from Brock Traill, just 1:34 into the game and snapped it past Andrew Cipollone, to open the scoring. The other assist went to Cam Robinson. The Muskies really dominated the first, and it wasn’t long until Noah Dollo broke in alone, only to be denied by Cipollone. Lamport snagged his second of the night, off a good feed from Robinson at 8:16 to go up 2-0. The Fish kept on pressing but there was no more scoring in the frame.
At the 6:27 mark of the second, Robinson was hauled down and awarded a penalty shot, but Cipollone deinied him with a quick glove hand. Moments later, Toronto was awarded a power play, and they made the Muskies pay, as David Sherman scored at 7:39 from Gianfranco Cassaro, and Jack McBain. The goal seemed to get Toronto rolling, and it wasn’t long until Cassaro scored to tie the game at 2-2 unassisted. That goal came at 10:16, then, with just 43 seconds left on the clock, Scott Docherty scored off a goal mouth scramble, to put Toronto ahead. That goal was assisted by Sherman.
In the third, it was Lamport again who scored, at the 1:21 mark from Traill to tie the match, then it was Muskie’s rookie speedster Ryan Smith who converted a nice pass from Ethan Ramsden to put the Fish back on top. Kyle Diamond also picked up an assist on that play at 9:13. The Muskies looked to put things away on their only power play of the night, but it was Toronto that forced Sean Green into one of his biggest saves of the night while short handed. At 15:58 Jack McBain tied the game up, at 4-4 with an unassisted goal, that sent things into overtime.
At the 3:03 mark, of four on four overtime, it was Sal Filice who scored to seal the victory for the Junior Canadiens.
After the game, Lamport was of mixed emotions. Happy that his team picked up a much needed point, and for his first OJHL hat trick but down that his team couldn’t hold a late lead. “We have to keep working hard, but we also have to work smart”, he said. “The two don’t always go hand in hand”.
Head Coach Dan West remarked that the fans saw three different Muskie teams through the game. A dominant one in the first, a team that got away from the plan altogether in the second, and one that got back into the game in the third, who then got sloppy again.
The single point is valuable though, as it draws the team one point closer to Newmarket. They now trail the Hurricanes by two points for the final playoff spot. Saturday night Newmarket faces Toronto, in a game that the Muskies will have their eyes on, then the Muskies travel to Newmarket for a game Sunday afternoon.