The St. Mike’s Buzzers made the trip to Lindsay on Friday night and came away with a 6-3 victory over the Muskies
Special to The Standard
KAWARTHA LAKES: This was really anybody’s game, and it came down to a couple of key turnovers, at inopportune times, spelling the Muskies fate. After Sebstian Labora and Dean Buchholz each made key saves early on, the first goal came as a result of a Muskie giveaway, deep in their own zone, allowing Matteo DiGiulio to score from the side of the goal at 4:43. The assists went to Cameron Searles and Ayrton Martino.
At 5:26 though, Josh Weber drew the Muskies back to even with his 2nd of the season and 1st as a Lindsay Muskie. The helper on that goal went to Jake Rauch.
At 8:50, the Muskies took a 2-1 lead, when Brandon Carr-Ansah’s wrist shot, from the point, found it’s way through a crowd and into the back of the net. Weber and Rauch assisted on that goal. St. Mike’s Buzzers tied the game again, at 12:54 on a power play, when he went to the high blocker side from in close. That goal was set up by Francesco Luca and Spencer Smith, but the Muskies answered back nicely, when Patrick Goan scored at 15:40, off a rush lead by Curtis Trolley and Greg Arnburg. The Fish took a 3-2 lead into the first intermission.
The second period was one the Muskies would probably like to forget. They were looking to increase their lead on a power play, when a picked off pass eventually lead to Searles breaking in alone, short handed, and he made no mistake tying the game at 3-3, at the 10:20 mark. Smith and James Gibbins picked up the assists, and then, right off the puck drop, another errant pass sent Searles in alone again, but this time he was denied. At 12:43, Luca gave St. Mike’s a lead of 4-3, when he took a pass from Kobe Desmond and fired the puck through a crowd and into the goal.
The Muskies came out pressing for the equalizer in the third, and had a glorious opportunity, when they were granted a four minute power play midway though the frame, but despite some good chances they were unable to capitalize. St. Mike’s call up, Thomas Sinclair put Buzzers up by two, when he converted a nice passing play, from Brad Somers and Evan Tanos at 12:47. Then another turnover, deep in the Lindsay zone, lead to the final goal from Searles, scored at 16:10. That goal was unassisted.
After the game, Weber described his first goal as a Muskie, after coming over from the Stouffville Spirit, earlier this year. “It was a dump in play”, he said with a smile. “Rauch got the puck out in front and I chipped it in. It was a hard work, simple play”. He went on to say, he felt one of the key elements the team needs to focus on is playing a complete 60 minutes.
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