Special to The Standard
KAWARTHA LAKES: On paper, the Newmarket Hurricanes and Lindsay Muskies are a long way apart, but somebody forgot Muskies goaltender Blake Curran, as he turned in a strong 54 save effort, in a game that Newmarket eventually did win by a score of 2-1, in double overtime.
Throughout the first two periods the game remained scoreless. Both goaltenders, Curran for the Muskies and Kristian Hufsky for the Hurricanes, were solid when they needed to be, but Curran was the far busier of the two, making 34 saves through the first and second period.
In the third period it did not take long for the Hurricanes to break the tie. Just 22 seconds in it was Alex Ierullo who finished a nice two on one down low, putting the puck through Curran’s legs. Owen Ramsey and Claudio De Gasperis picked up the assists. The Muskies kept on pressing though, and at 8:30, Noah Dollo took a nice drop pass from Joey Campbell to tie the game up at 1-1. The goal was Dollo’s, team leading, 18th of the year. Owen Barnett picked up the other assist.
Throughout the final moments of the game Curran was called on to make a number of big stops, to get the game to overtime and earn the Muskies at least a point.
The four on four overtime settled nothing, but at the 39 second mark of the three on three, Nicholas Cirone scored from Ramsay to earn the extra point for Newmarket.
The Lindsay Muskies grabbed three of four possible points over the weekend, as Noah Dollo scored a pair, to help lift the Lindsay Muskies over the Stouffville Spirit by a score of 5-3, Saturday night in Stouffville.
The night didn’t get off to a great start though, as Stouffville took the lead with the only goal of the first period. Anthony Stavrou scored it at 11:32, from Danial Bazarin.
Stouffville was coming off an 8-1 defeat Friday night, at the hands of Aurora, while the Muskies had lost a 2-1 double overtime game against Newmarket. After the Friday night match, some Muskies players had hoped their strong effort would carry over, and in the second period they started to get some results.
Noah Dollo, who has led the team in points for a good portion of the year, picked up his team leading 19th, and 20th goals in the second, to give the Muskies a 2-1 lead. Erich Roeder and Brendan Tomilson assisted on the first goal at 1:46, then at 17:42, Roeder and Joey Campbell helped set up the go ahead goal.
In the third period, Ben Sellar's 7th goal of the year gave Lindsay a 3-1 lead, at the 1:44 mark, when he picked up a short handed goal, assisted by Ethan Ramsden. Before the Muskies could get too comfortable though, the Spirit power play clicked at 2:14, when Beau Binnie scored from Ashton Reesor. Lindsay veteran defenseman, Owen Barnett restored the two goal cushion with his 6th of the year, at 4:41, when he scored from Jake Dale and Clay Coles. But, Binnie’s second of the period got Stouffville back into the game with a score of 4-3, from Reesor at 7:42. Tonight was the Muskies night though, as the Spirit was unable to get the equalizer past Blake Curran, who made 35 saves for the victory. Ethan Ramsden’s 3rd of the season, into an empty net from Emerson Ducasse and Noah Vandervinne, at 19:19, sealed the deal.
The Muskies now have some time to reflect on a successful weekend, while they prepare to host Cobourg on Friday night.
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