Lincs acquire new defenceman

Chris Carr-Ansah hails from Mississauga

By Pat Payton

Special to the Independent

In a rather complicated trade, involving a handful of Junior teams, St. Marys Lincolns have acquired a new defenceman.

Chris Carr-Ansah, 17, made his debut with the Lincs last Friday night against Sarnia. The Mississauga native, who is 6 ft., 3 inches and 225 lbs., started the season with Blind River Beavers of the North Ontario Junior Hockey League (NOJHL).

“Chris played a good game,” St. Marys coach Scott Thompson said. “He’s a big kid who moves the puck well and makes a good first pass. I think he’ll fit in well. He’s a welcomed addition to the back-end that’s been decimated in the last little while.”

Carr-Ansah was obtained by the Lincolns via Kitchener of the Midwestern Conference. Lincs sent the Dutchmen the rights to former St. Marys forward Jeff Schrattner (2015-16), who began the season with Mississauga Chargers of the OJHL.

–Prior to last Friday’s home game, Lincolns presented third-year winger Dan Cloutier with a trophy for being their player-of-the-month for November. The 20-year-old Cloutier hails from Dorchester.

Making the on-ice presentation was club president Brandon Boyd.

–Two St. Marys defencemen, Garrett Nelson and Eric Gibb, received suspensions Friday night against Sarnia. Nelson will serve a minimum five games after picking up a match penalty for intent to injure during a late third-period fight. Gibb sat Wednesday’s game in London after being issued a gross misconduct for helmet removal during a second-period fight.

–Lincs’ rookie defenceman Jake Weston, 16, sat out his fourth straight game last Friday with an upper-body injury. Weston was injured during a Nov. 26 game in Chatham.

–Following last Friday’s game, Lincolns led the Western Conference in penalty minutes with 703.

–Lincs (6-20-1-2) currently sit four points behind the seventh-place Komoka Kings (7-19-1-4). The teams play each other four times in the New Year.

–Three forwards will represent the Lincolns in the 2017 GOJHL Future Stars and Top Prospects games on Thursday, Dec. 28.

The two games will be held at the Morgan Firestone Arena in Ancaster.

The Future Stars game is for 16-year-olds, and Lincs’ Dalton Bancroft and Michael Andrews, both from the Belleville area, will suit up for Team Pietrangelo. Game time is 3 p.m.

St. Marys centre Clayton Lewis will play for Team 2 in the Top Prospects game at 6:30 p.m. The 18-year-old Stratford resident leads Lincolns in scoring with 11 goals and 21 points. St. Marys native Kaleb Pearson, who has 27 goals for Stratford Warriors, will play for Team 1. The 17-year-old Pearson is now seventh in the GOJHL scoring race.

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