Special to The Standard
KAWARTHA LAKES: Tayler Bidon (pictured) scored his first OJHL goal of his career, but that was not enough, as the Muskies fell by a score of 8-3 to Kingston Friday night.
Reid Russell scored at the 11:02 mark, to give Kingston the lead in the first period, from Brandon Nadeau and Colin Van Den Hurk. Aiden McFarland ripped a nice shot past Tyler Richardson at 14:23, to double the lead, before Ben Sellars snapped his 2nd of the season to the top corner at 16:39, cutting the lead in half. The assists on the Lindsay goal went to Stefan Palatsidis and Braydon Leeking.
Throughout the first period and most of the second the Muskies had as many good chances as the Vees, but Kingston was better at burying their chances on this night.
Cole Edwards made it 3-1 at 8:37, from Josh Leblanc and Rob Clerc. Austin Grzenia made it 4-1 at 12:56, from Van Den Hurk and McFarland. Bidon made a nifty move to his backhand at 13:08, to get the Muskies back within two, from Jake Dale and Brendan Tomilson, but that’s as close as Lindsay would get. Leblanc scored from Clerc at 16:45, followed by McFarland’s 2nd of the night, from Blair Battochio and Van Den Hurk at 17:41. There was a brief glimmer of hope as Noah Vandervinne scored at 18:34, from Sellars, to make the score 6-3 heading into the second break.
Only two goals were scored in the third and they both went to the Vees. Nick Zarichny beat Blake Curran, who took over in the Lindsay goal for the third, at 13:33, from McFarland and Andrew Suriyuth. Then Leblanc’s second of the game rounded out the scoring, on a power play from Clerc and Danny Reidel.
After the game, a happy and almost smiling, Bidon described his goal. “The puck came loose and I was bale to make a move to my backhand and put it in”, he said. “It felt great to get the monkey off my back”.
Head Coach, Dan West was of two minds after the game, feeling that his team did some really good things during the game, for two periods, but just got away from their aggressive style in the third.
The next action for the Muskies is Tuesday night at home, as they take on the Wellington Dukes on Minor Hockey Night, where all minor hockey players wearing their jersey get in for free.