Special to The Standard
LINDSAY: The Lindsay Muskies were finally able to win a big game, in a hard fought 3-1 victory over the East Division leading Whitby Fury.
The Fury came into the match having won seven straight, while the Muskies only had one win to show for the season.
Although the first period almost finished scoreless the Fury dominated the shot clock. At the 17:25 minute mark, of a period in which the Fury fired 17 shots at Sean Green, the Fury got on the board on a goal by Shane Bull. The assists went to Scot Kirton and Patrick Demaio. Despite being outshot 17-5, the Muskies found themselves only down by one after the first period.
In the second the Muskies were outshot again, but not outscored. Newly acquired Jake Dale, having come over from North York, playing in his first game as a Muskie, scored his first OJHL goal, from Noah Dollo and Brett Poulin, at 2:23. Muskies Captain, Cam Lamport, put the Fish up by two at 12:13, from Cole Robbins and Dayton Kent. Then just 17 seconds later Dollo slipped an unassisted marker past a shocked Logan Gauthier. The goal was Dolloès 3rd of the season.
The Muskies don’t have a lot of experience defending third period leads this year, and the task was made tougher, as they had to defend a long two man advantage for Whitby, early in the third. The puck didn’t seem to leave the Muskies zone for most of the period, but a solid performance from Green in goal kept the period scoreless, despite being outshot 17-7 in the period.
After the game I had a chance to speak to a few of the jubilant players. First year Captain Cam Lamport said the losing has been really tough, but the team has to just keep trying to win battles. “We had a big chat after last night’s game (an 8-3 loss in Kingston), and we know we can play with anybody if we work our hardest.” He also says he is enjoying his first year as Captain. “It’s fun to help the younger guys”, he said with a grin.
Jake Dale was also 'all smiles', after his first game as a Muskie produced his first OJHL goal. When asked about the goal he smiled and said, “the puck just kind of came to be and I banged home the rebound”. He says he feels being signed by the Muskies is a good thing. “I feel I will have more of a chance to contribute here”, said the Whitby native.
In addition, Sean Green was equally happy about the big game, and was quick to credit his defenders. “The guys kept it easy for me tonight, they kept the shots to the outside, and blocked a lot of shots”. When asked what he thought the team did differently tonight, he said they stuck to the game plan all night. “We’re not a finesse team, we just kept grinding”.
Head Coach Dan West looked relieved after the game. “It was a full team effort tonight, but Green was phenomenal. The kids just battled hard all night”.
The next match for the Muskies is Sunday afternoon, when they host the Pickering Panthers.
Immediately following the game, the team will host a free 'Skate With The Muskies', in which young and old alike are invited to join the team on the ice, for a chance meet their favourite players, and get an autograph or a picture.
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