The game at the Lindsay Rec Complex on Friday, Jan. 8 had all the makings of a blowout with two teams seemingly going in opposite directions, but what the fans got was an exciting game with lots of goals in an 8-5 Burlington win over the Lindsay Muskies.
Coming into the game the Cougars had won six in a row, while the Muskies only have eight wins all season.
Getting the start tonight for Lindsay was net minder Graham Dynes who hadn’t seen action in a long time. Although he did make a couple of big saves early on David Thompson snapped a shot between Dyne’s legs to open the scoring just over two minutes into the action. Burlington would add another before Cam Robinson’s second goal of the season got Lindsay on the board just past the halfway mark of the first period.
However, the Cougars would respond with two more goals to take a 4-1 lead at the first intermission.
The next goal would be critical, and the Muskies got it, starting an avalanche of eight second period goals between the teams. Cam Lamport netted a pair for Lindsay, with James Allen and Kyle Diamond chipping in with singles. After the eight goal outburst in the second, there was no more scoring in the third period.
Speaking with Muskies forward Cam Lamport after the game he was pretty pumped after his first two-goal game as a Muskie. The Cannington native came to the team via a trade earlier in the season.
“We started pretty slow, (the team was outshot 18-6 in the first), but we really came on pretty good in the second,” commented Lamport.
Despite the team’s record, Assistant Coach Jon Campbell sees a lot of positives with the team. “We are one of the youngest teams, with three 16-year-olds, who are very good hockey players.”
He also spoke very highly of Dynes who despite giving up eight goals against Burlington has shown that he does have a lot of potential as a 17-year-old. “We only have one player aging out this year (Captain Stuart Fierheller, who was subsequently dealt to the Brockville Braves over the weekend). Next year we should have a good young core coming back next year with one more year experience.”
The Muskies fortunes would not improve the following night on the road in Aurora, as they dropped an 8-1 decision to the Tigers.
It’s a busy weekend for the Muskies this weekend, with Stouffville in town for a 7:30 p.m. match-up at the Rec Complex on Friday, Jan. 15. On Saturday and Sunday, the league hosts its North-East Conference Showcase in Trenton, with the Muskies facing Aurora at 4 p.m. on Saturday and looking to dethrone the Markham Royals at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday.