CRAIG SCHROTER The Standard
KAWARTHA LAKES: An early first period goal, and three unanswered second period goals were the difference as the Lindsay Muskies fell to defeat at the hands of the Markham Royals, by a score of 7-2, Sunday afternoon in Markham.
The Royals got on the board just six seconds into the game, when Jack Jeffers scored on Lindsay netminder Blake Curran. The goal was assisted by Lucas Condotta and Brett Ouderkirk. Condotta doubled the lead, at the 17:06 mark, on a goal set up by Brandon Bastasin and Jeffers, but the Muskies got one back at 19:59, when Noah Dollo’s team leading 17th goal of the season was scored on a power play, from Erich Roeder and Cam Robinson.
The score stayed deadlocked at 2-1 throughout most of the second period, but late in the frame the floodgates opened and the Royals took advantage. At 17:03, Justin Bennett scored, from Stephen Halliday and Lucas Condotta, to put Markham up 3-1. At 18:56, it was Kosta Likourezos on a penalty shot, the Condotta lit the lamp again at 19:37, from Ouderkirk and Jeffers, to put Markham up 5-1 heading into the second intermission.
Joey Campbell’s 5th of the year, on a power play at 3:30, from Stefan Palatsidis and Owen Barnett, made it 5-2, but any hopes the Fish had, of getting back into this one, were dashed just thirty seconds later, when Ouderkirk scored from Jeffers and Condotta. Jeffers then scored his second of the game to round out the scoring at 14:48, to send the hometown Royals fans home happy.
The next action for the Muskies is a Tuesday night home game, as they host the Aurora Tigers.
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