By Pat Payton
It’s going to be a photo finish in the GOJHL’s Western Conference.
Three teams–including the St. Marys Lincolns–are fighting for two playoff spots . . . and one won’t make it.
After league action Monday, Feb. 19 (Family Day), Komoka Kings (11-29-4-3) have 29 points, Strathroy Rockets (11-31-2-4) have 28 points and the Lincs (10-29-2-5) have 27 points.
Lincolns finish their hectic February schedule (13 games) this week, with four games in a five-day stretch. Lincs played in LaSalle Wednesday, host Komoka Friday and LaSalle Saturday, both at 7:30 p.m., and then complete their 50-game regular schedule Sunday in St. Thomas, also a 7:30 p.m. face-off.
–Lincolns held Service Club Appreciation Night last Friday night at the PRC.
“Tonight, we pay tribute to some of the local Service Clubs,” said Lincs’ public address announcer Jamie Hahn. “These dedicated groups of men and women volunteer their time to make St. Marys and beyond a better place.”
The Kinsmen, Lions, Rotary, Royal Canadian Legion Branch 236, and ANAF Unit 265 all had representatives attend the Jr. ‘B’ game. Jaden Cubberley (Kinsmen), Ernie Monk (Lions), Ron Aitken (Rotary), Tom Jenkins (Legion) and Roy Maynard (ANAF) dropped the ceremonial first pucks between the two team captains prior to the game.
The Kinsmen, meanwhile, also presented a cheque for $1,000 to the Lincs hockey club last Friday.
–At the 2018 Winter Olympics, former Lincolns’ goalie Matt Dalton (2003-05) made 45 saves for South Korea in a 4-0 loss to Team Canada last Sunday.
For Dalton, it was his third straight start for South Korea. The 31-year-old Clinton area native is one of seven Canadians on the South Korea men’s hockey team.