Lincolns extend win streak to three

Big Crowd last Friday treated to big win versus London

By Stewart Grant

Last Friday in front of their biggest home crowd of the season, and against their toughest rival, the Lincolns made it count. The 500 or so fans in attendance saw a highly-entertaining, back-and-forth contest and a 5-4 win for the home team versus the London Nationals.

Highlighting the scoresheet for St. Marys was Brody Smith with a three-point night (1G 2A), Alessio Luciani with a goal and a helper, and Billy Moskal with a pair of assists. Vice President Bill Bourne reported that Moskal is within a couple points of taking the league lead in rookie scoring this season. He and Luciani have been outstanding this season, leading the Lincolns in scoring at 38 and 37 points, respectively.  In goal, Jordan Kooy was superb and made 31 saves.

Chad Heffernan racked up another 26 penalty minutes on Friday stemming from two separate events, and remarkably leads the Western Conference in penalty minutes despite missing 45% of the games due to suspensions. When Heffernan sticks to hockey he can be a great asset to the club though, such as Sunday’s win over Lambton Shores when he stayed out of the penalty box and scored a great goal. The captain has performed at nearly a point-a-game pace this season with 10 goals and 7 assists in 21 games.

Following the big win over London on Friday, St. Marys did not let up when they traveled to Lambton Shores on Sunday.  The Lincolns outshot the Predators 41-27 and won the game 6-3. The top scorer on the night was Kenny Chisholm (1G 2A) while two-point nights were posted by Brody Smith, Clayton Lewis, Billy Moskal and Riley Coome. Tristan Lewis stopped 24 of 27 shots for the win in goal.

Tonight the Lincolns face another tough opponent as the first-place LaSalle Vipers come to town for the 7:30 p.m. start. LaSalle is guaranteed not to take the surging Lincolns lightly, as St. Marys has upset the Vipers in each of their last two meetings.

With tonight’s game being “Little Falls Public School” night, another huge crowd is expected and hopefully they will enjoy a similarly thrilling match as was seen last Friday at the PRC.

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