Lincolns hope to stop skid against Leamington

JUNIOR HOCKEY

By Pat Payton

Special to the Independent

St. Marys Lincolns will attempt to stop an 0-11-1 skid in their last 12 GOJHL games when they host Leamington Flyers tonight (Friday, Jan. 12) at the PRC, starting at 7:30 p.m.

It’s Lincs’ lone Western Conference game of the weekend.

Lincolns (6-23-1-3) dropped a pair of road games last week, losing 9-2 to the Vipers in LaSalle Wednesday and 7-2 to the Kings in Komoka Saturday. Lincs are now six points behind Komoka (8-21-4-2), one of the teams they’re chasing for the final playoff spot.

In Komoka, Joel Mazzilli had four goals for the Kings, who scored three times with the man advantage. Dalton Bancroft fired both St. Marys goals, giving him 12 for the season.

Last Friday night’s game between the Lincolns and Vipers in St. Marys was postponed due to inclement weather.

Last Wednesday in LaSalle, Dan Cloutier and Michael Andrews scored for Lincs in the loss to the Vipers. Manny Silverio scored three times for LaSalle.

–Lincolns recently completed a deal involving forward Tanner Hertel. They sent the 18-year-old Stratford native to Wingham Jr. ‘C’ Ironmen for defenceman Jacob Bishop.

Hertel had requested a trade, citing work commitments. “We couldn’t get a deal done with Mitchell, so he agreed to go to Wingham,” Lincs’ interim GM Bill Bourne said. Bishop, 17, hails from Kincardine.

In another transaction, defenceman Eric Gibb is now with Exeter Jr. ‘C’ Hawks. Lincolns received cash and future considerations for the 17-year-old blue-liner. “Eric wanted to play with his older brother (Adam) in Exeter,” Bourne said.

–Kincardine Bulldogs recently returned from Scandinavia, where the Jr. ‘C’ team played four games against teams from Sweden and Finland.

St. Marys native Doug Kennedy is the long-time GM of the Bulldogs. Kennedy helped organize last year’s tour by a Swiss Junior team, which played several games in southwestern Ontario over the holiday break.

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