By Stewart Grant
The St. Marys Lincolns began 2017 the same way that they finished 2016: with a victory. Even more impressive, the win came at the expense of the first-place LaSalle Vipers.
On Wednesday night at the Vollmer Recreation Complex in LaSalle, the home team jumped out to a two-goal lead in the first eight minutes of the game. However, the Vipers would not get another goal past Lincoln goalie Tristan Lewis, who was outstanding in making 43 saves for the win.
The Lincolns’ newcomers continued their impressive play and were prominent in the team’s comeback. Defenceman Riley Coome brought St. Marys to within one goal seven minutes into the second period, then Kenny Chisholm scored late in the second and early in the third period to give the Lincolns the lead. Billy Moskal added the insurance marker with thirteen seconds remaining to make it a 4-2 decision.
Both Chisholm and Coome came to the Lincolns in the Brandon Glover trade with the London Nationals. With St. Marys, Chisholm has 7 points in 5 games while Coome has 4 points in 4 games. Meanwhile, Brent West, who came over from Stratford in a trade for cash, has 8 points in 5 games as a Lincoln.
After a difficult start to the season, St. Marys has now won six out of its last ten games. In the Western Conference Standings, the Lincolns are in seventh-place, just two points behind sixth-place Strathroy.
The Lincolns face a difficult schedule to start 2017, with each of their first five games against “top-four” clubs in the Western Conference, including tonight’s contest at the PRC against the third-place Chatham Maroons. However, Wednesday’s win over LaSalle will give the club confidence heading into these next few games.
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