6-3 win on Tuesday bolsters playoff hopes
By Stewart Grant
The St. Marys Lincolns continued their push to the playoffs on Tuesday with a big 6-3 win on the road in Lambton Shores. The theme of the game was “three times a charm”. St. Marys scored the first three goals of the game, then allowed Lambton Shores to score three straight to tie it up, before reversing course in the third period and scoring thrice to win by a 6-3 margin. Assistant Coach Rick O’Donnell pointed to the team’s new acquisitions as a key success factor: “Our new players we brought in had very good games. The defense kept pressure on them and played a very good game.” General Manager Glen Childerley noted that the newly-formed line of Alessio Luciani, Brent West and Kenny Chisholm were buzzing throughout the evening and produced 3 goals and 8 points between them. West was recently acquired from Stratford, while Chisholm (and defenceman Riley Coome) came over from the London Nationals in the recent Brandon Glover trade. Goaltender Jordan Kooy also made quite an impression in his first game as a Lincoln, making 41 saves for the victory. The talented 16-year-old netminder has played three times for the OHL’s London Knights this season, winning all three with a GAA of 1.33 and a .958 save percentage. He has spent most of the season playing AAA midget, but getting some games in for the Jr. B Lincolns will aid Kooy’s development while also bolstering St. Marys’ playoff hopes. The Lincolns played 4th place Leamington last night (after press time) and are on the road tonight in a key game versus St. Thomas. The Stars currently lead St. Marys by just two points in the battle for 7th place in the Western Conference, but the Lincolns have won all three previous matchups this season.