A couple of untimely penalties near the end of the game sealed the Muskies fate, as they fell to the Toronto Patriots,by a score of 3-2, Friday night in Lindsay.
Overall the game was an exciting one, with each team controlling the play at different times. The Muskies however, who have been playing very disciplined hockey of late, ran into penalty trouble throughout the first period. Dante Spagnuolo opened the scoring on a power play, beating Lindsay goaltender Rock Boynton, at the 13:48 mark from Lucas Sanci and Liam Beaudoin.
With just 25 seconds left in the period though, Noah Dollo put a shot over the glove of Tyler Fassl to tie the game. The goal was Dolloès first as a Muskie and was assissted by Brett Poulin, and Cole Robbins.
In the second frame, the Patriots once again took a lead, on an Oliver Benwell goal from Giusten Annetta, and Spagnuolo, at the 9:00 minute mark, but again the Muskies scored a late goal to tie the game. This time it was Brock Traill from cam Robinson and Cam Lamport, at 17:19.
At the beginning of the third period, the Muskies found themselves enjoying a four minute power play. Although they applied some good pressure, it was Boynton who was forced to make a breakaway save. At 5:33, Brett Bannister gave Toronto their third lead of the game. His goal was assisted by Colton Kalezic and Andrew Petrucci. The Muskies' Brock Traill, came painstakingly close to tying the game one more time, but his shot from in close rattled off the crossbar. The Muskies were applying some good pressure, but as the clock ticked down, they found themselves fighting penalties again, which killed the momentum they had been building.
The loss was the third, one-goal-loss, in the last four games, with the other loss being by two goals, one of which was an empty net goal.
Head Coach Dan West, was understandably frustrated after the game. “We’re working hard, but we’re not working smart. We lost our discipline tonight, and we’re all frustrated,” he said.
The next game for the Muskies is next Friday, when they host the Pickering Panthers.