Special to The Standard
LINDSAY: Any faint hopes the Lindsay Muskies had of making the post season officially came to an end Friday night, as the Aurora Tigers skated past the Muskies by a score of 4-3.
The Muskies started the game with some good pressure, but were not able to get anything past Brayden Lachance in the Tiger’s goal. Brandon MacKinnon opened the scoring for Aurora at 14:48, on a goal assisted by Daniel Tomassetti. Mel Meconian made it 2-0 at 18:20, from Tyler Davis and Sebastion Cirillo on a power play. Things looked bleak, as the Muskies took another penalty late in the first, but, with just seconds left on the clock, Ethan Ramsden scooped up a loose puck and raced in to score his 5th of the season, with less than one second left.
The teams played an entertaining second period, with the Muskies pressing for the equalizer, but at 17:26 Davis made it 3-1 Aurora, on a goal assisted by Eric Holland and Melconian.
Early in the third, Brock Traill’s 12th of the year got the Fish back within one goal. The goal came at 1:35, and was set up by Cam Lamport and Zac Treen, but at 3:05, Holland put the Tigers back up by two. Melconian and Anthony Paveglio picked up the helpers on that one. The Muskies were not ready to pack it in though and got right back in the game, on Ryan Smith’s 10th goal of the season from Braydon Leeking at 8:52. That was as close as the Fish would get on this night.
After the game Head Coach Dan West said that although the team is no longer in the race it’s still disappointing to drop games like this one. “We did some things really well tonight, but not well enough to win”, he said.
Lindsay Muskies vs Wellington Dukes Sunday Afternoon
The goals came early and often, in Wellington Sunday afternoon, but only one of them went to the Muskies, as Wellington’s Rory Milne had a five point game in a 9-1 Wellington victory.
Colin Doyle got Wellington on the board at 4:32 of the first, from Braydon Stortz and Milne. Then it was Mitchell Mendonca, with his first of two from Austin Labelle and Milne at 6:03. Doyle’s second came on a power play, at 14:55 from Nic Mucci and Brody Morris, then Milne scored at 17:17, from Mitchell Martan and Carter Allen, to finish a four goal first period for the Dukes.
In the second period, Russell Nowry’s 15th goal of the season from Kyle Diamond got the Muskies on the board at the five minute mark, but the Dukes would pour in three more, before the period ended, for a commanding lead. At 8:46 it was Justin Bean from Morris and Milne. At 11:25 Mendonca got his second of the game from Milne and Labelle, then Evan Foley scored at 17:59 from Bean and Jackson Arcan, on a power play.
In the third Brendan Rylott scored at 1:59, from Stortz, Kyle Prendel and Arcan, rounding out the scoring on a power play at 13:32 from Martan and Allen.
The Muskies are off now till Thursday, when they travel to Newmarket.