The Lindsay Muskies headed into the Tiger’s Den Sunday night, looking to build on Friday nights victory, but in the end the Tigers took a bite out of the Fish to the tune of 6-1.
It had been a long time since I’ve taken in a game at the Aurora Community Center, and I had forgotten just how small the ice surface is there. It seems like the players are always in a corner, but it does make for fast transitions and a fast end to end game.
Early on, the Muskies came out with a lot of pressure, and it paid off when Dayton Kent notched his 4th of the season, sliding one past Brayden Lachance, just 1:42 in. Brock Traill and Cam Lamport were awarded the assists on the play. It didn’t take long though for the Tigers to draw even, when Risvan Mansurov put one past Sean Green from in close, on a power play at 4:12. Lachance came up big moments later, stopping Kyle Diamond on a partial breakaway, and although the Tigers rang one off the post later. There was no more scoring in the first.
At 6:16 of the second, it appeared that a skating Noah Dollo was being held up from getting into the play, allowing Evan Spencer to make it 2-1 with Domenico Argento assisting. Next it was Green’s turn to come up big, stopping a Tiger breakaway, keeping his team in the game, but he didn’t have a chance at 9:03, when Eric Holland finished off a nice passing play, putting a backhand shot over Green’s glove. Mel Melconian got the helper on that one.
Throughout the period, each team continued to generate scoring chances, but hopes for a Muskie’s comeback were dealt a blow at 17:52, when Konner McMillan found himself all alone for a tap in, from Mansurov and Kyle Berry, making it 4-1 at the end of the second.
Mansurov’s second of the night, from Spencer and Louis Mahakis, made it 5-1 at 7:40 of the third. Then Spencer’s second of the game, from Argento and Berry, on a two man advantage, rounded out the scoring.
The Muskies are now off until Friday night, when they host the Markham Royals.