KAWARTHA LAKES: Despite the final score of 3-0 in favour of Aurora, hockey fans were treated to an exciting game from start to finish, at the Lindsay Rec Complex Friday night.
For the third straight game, Lindsay goaltender, Tyler Richardson (pictured) was solid in the Lindsay goal, as was Jack Irvine, who picked up the shutout for the Tigers.
The only goal of the first period went to Jake Bricknell, who fired a laser beam past Richardson, at 10:04, from Christopher Giroday.
Throughout the second period, the teams took turns getting into penalty trouble, but, despite many good chances, neither team could bulge the twine.
In the third period, the Muskies continued to press for the equalizer but couldn’t get it, and at 10:14, Evan Bidenti poked home a loose puck to make it 2-0. Brock Welsh and Luca Esposito grabbed the assists. The back breaker of the game, though, was the third at 12:01, and it wasn’t without controversy, as Richardson was sat on, and held out of position for a good while, allowing Giroday to fire the puck into the unprotected net. The referees did briefly talk, at center ice but mysteriously the goal was allowed to stand, which drew the ire of a boisterous crowd. The goal was assisted by Bricknell.
After the game I had a chance to speak with Richardson, who has played three solid games in a row, and sees more rubber than highway 400 on a long weekend. I asked what he can attribute his strong play of late to, and without hesitation, he credited Muskie Goalie Coach Greg Seiler. He also said his experience, of four years in the league, has taught him a lot about remaining calm, which was evident tonight.
In regards to the better play of the team of late, Richardson said the team is just working hard and buying into the game plan.
Head Coach Dan West agrees. He added that the team battled hard all night long tonight, and didn’t back down against an older Aurora squad. “We’re learning a grinding game”, said West.
The loss ends a two game winning streak that the team had going, following wins over Mississauga last Saturday, and in Newmarket on Thursday.
Next action for the team is Sunday in Toronto.