Surging team hosts London tonight
By Stewart Grant
In what is becoming a semi-regular occurrence, the St. Marys Lincolns faced a top-four team last Friday night and skated away with victory. Billy Moskal scored the only goal and Tristan Lewis made 28 saves in the 1-0 win over the Leamington Flyers.
Head coach Scott Thompson reflected, “The win Friday night was a total team effort. We tightened up in the defensive zone and every guy did the little things needed to defend our house. Execution of our game plan has continued to progress in the right direction and the boys have been playing our brand of hockey the last 5-6 weeks and they are seeing some success because of that.”
Since mid-November, the Lincolns have won both their games against first-place LaSalle, and have taken two-out-of-three versus fourth-place Leamington. Since a first-round playoff matchup against a top-four club is likely, these results against strong teams are encouraging.
However, the team that has given St. Marys the most trouble this season is coming to town tonight. The second-place London Nationals have won all five games versus the Lincs, with the last three wins by particularly decisive margins. Tonight’s game will be a great opportunity for the Lincolns to apply their system against their toughest opponent.
For Coach Thompson, the key to the game comes from within. “With London, it is not so much what they have done against us this year as it is a mental thing for our guys. London has been in our heads all year and we just need to continue to believe in the game plan and execute to the best of our ability. The 5–0 loss last Wednesday was not a good indicator of the actual performance. If we would have bared down and capitalized on some of our early scoring opportunities, that could have been a different hockey game. The boys just need to trust the process and play our brand of hockey and we will be just fine.”
A big turnout is expected tonight at the PRC for the 7:30 game. Tonight’s special guests are students and families from Holy Name of Mary Public School, while next Friday will be themed as Little Falls Public School Night. These nights will have fun activities planned such as “Chuck the Puck”, “Guess the Number of Jelly Beans in the Jar”, and much more to keep the whole family entertained.