By Dan Rankin
After snapping an eight-game losing streak on Sunday with a 5-4 road win over St. Thomas, the Lincolns will try to keep building momentum tonight against Strathroy as they look for their
first home win since Sept. 16.
Brandon Glover and Alessio Luciani each had a goal and an assist against St. Thomas, as the Lincolns (3-10-0-0) remained undefeated through two contests against the Stars (3-9-0-1) this season.
Glover’s unassisted goal opened scoring in the first period. The London native, who turns 19 next month, has seven points in his last four games and has notched two points in each of his last three. He was named Player of the Month for September in the Western Conference. He currently leads the Lincolns with 10 goals and 21 points through 13 games.
St. Thomas – who outshot St. Marys 14-7 in the opening frame – evened the score at 11:04.
The Lincolns were firing on all cylinders in the second period, this time outshooting the Stars 17-10. Dan Cloutier and Bill Moskal each scored for St. Marys in the second period but, despite their efforts, when the buzzer for the second intermission rang out the game was still tied, 3-3.
The third period was the difference, with Luciani’s goal at 8:45 giving St. Marys the lead once more, and Justin Vandendool’s marker at 15:03 serving as the game-winner. Tristan Lewis picked up his third win of the season in net, stopping 30 of the 34 shots he faced.
St. Marys stayed out of the penalty box for the duration of the game, giving no power play opportunities to the Stars, who were only penalized once during the game themselves. It was the second consecutive game St. Marys did not give up a power play goal, after allowing a pair in each of their previous two contests.
Two nights earlier, the Lincolns hosted the Lambton Shores Predators for Minor Hockey Night at the Pyramid Recreation Centre.
Glover paced the offence for St. Marys last Friday, scoring both goals in a 4-2 loss, with each coming on the power play. His second marker came at 17:16 of the third period, with goalie Kyle Morning on the bench to give St. Marys an extra attacker. That made the score 3-2 for the Predators, and it was as close as the Lincolns would get. Andrew Kim buried an empty netter just over a minute later to seal the win for Lambton Shores. Morning stopped 22 of 25 shots in the loss.
Prior to their game last night in Sarnia, the Lincolns sat in eighth place in the Western Conference with six points. However, teams are still tightly bunched in the standings, and St. Marys is a mere six points behind the fifth place Legionnaires (6-5-0-0).
Tonight, the Lincolns host the Rockets (4-6-1-2), with puck drop at the PRC scheduled for 7:30 pm.
Next Thursday, they’re in Leamington to play the Flyers (8-2-0-2).