Hottest team in Western Conference hosts Sarnia tonight
By Stewart Grant
Playing in back-to-back nights last weekend, the Lincolns added two more wins to extend their winning streak to five games.
In front of a season-high attendance of 620 fans on Friday, St. Marys edged the LaSalle Vipers by a 4-3 score. The Vipers, who continue to hold down first place in the conference, have only lost 8 games all season though 3 of these losses have come against St. Marys.
Just seconds after his goalmouth shot off the crossbar nearly gave the Lincolns a 2-0 lead on Friday, captain Chad Heffernan ripped a wristshot over the shoulder of Vipers goalie Eli Billing to build the two-goal margin. The visitors would then score two of their own to tie the game before Kenny Chisholm and Brody Smith (with his second of the night) responded for the Lincolns. LaSalle would cut the lead in half with 5 minutes remaining but Lincs’ goaltender Tristan Lewis would not allow another. Lewis’ play in net continues to impress, and he made 42 saves for the win.
With the win over LaSalle, St. Marys jumped a point ahead of Strathroy in the standings. On Saturday, the Lincolns would have to beat those Rockets to stay ahead in the battle for 6th place. The trip to Strathroy was successful, with the Lincolns securing a 5-2 victory. Scoring for St. Marys were Chad Heffernan, Dan Cloutier, Clayton Lewis, Dylan Nafziger and Kenny Chisholm. Graham Dynes was solid in goal, stopping 27 of 29 for his first win as a Lincoln.
Depending on the results of last night’s trip to Leamington, the Lincolns will either be looking for their seventh-straight victory tonight or hoping to start another winning streak. The game versus the Sarnia Legionnaires begins at 7:30 pm. Come on out for another great night of entertainment.
Tonight is “Sponsor Appreciation Night”. Without the amazing support of the Lincolns’ sponsors, this season would not be possible. All team sponsors, employees, friends and families are invited to join the crowd tonight at the Pyramid Recreation Centre.