Lincs show character in comeback victory Sunday at the PRC
By Pat Payton
The young St. Marys Lincolns showed some character Sunday night at the PRC, coach Trent McClement said.
Lincs completed their exhibition schedule with a 4-3 record after skating to a come-from-behind 5-3 victory over Komoka Kings. Lincolns battled back from 2-0 and 3-1 deficits to defeat the Kings for the second night in a row.
“Tonight, we had a little bit of a slow start, and we had to remind the kids that in this league you have to play from the drop of the puck,” McClement said.
“But I know the kind of talent that we have here, and I knew we could come back. It shows the character of these kids, and they put together two awesome periods and came out with a win. It’s good for early team character to get those wins for sure.”
Kings opened up a 2-0 lead before the 10-minute mark of the first period on goals by veteran Joel Mazzilli and Joe Capichio.
Lincs’ Mason Goldie closed the gap to 2-1 at 3:50 of the middle frame, but Alex Cunningham capitalized on a St. Marys’ turnover to restore a two-goal Komoka lead at 10:08. Goldie again pulled Lincolns to within a goal at 14:52 when he converted a beautiful pass from Justin McIntyre on a 2-on-1 break.
Lincs finally pulled even at 3-3 on Quinton Pepper’s powerplay goal at 9:14 of the third. Goldie earned one of the assists, his third point of the contest.
Josh Martin fired the winner with less than four minutes to play when he stole the puck on a Kings’ powerplay and neatly deked goalie Trent McGrail on a breakaway. After Lincolns nicely killed off back-to-back penalties, McIntyre added an empty-netter with 23.8 seconds remaining to clinch the comeback victory.
Overall, Lincs out-shot the visitors 39-26. Justin Richer, with another strong effort, went the distance for the net win.
Lincolns 2 – Kings 1 (2OT)
In Komoka Saturday night, Carson McMillan–a 17-year-old winger from Sudbury–emerged the scoring star for Lincolns in a 2-1 double-overtime win over the home-town Kings.
Komoka opened the scoring at 14:03 of the second period on a powerplay goal by Blake McConnell-Barker. Just over four minutes later, McMillan tied it 1-1 with an unassisted goal.
The first five-minute OT period went scoreless, with Lincs holding a 5-1 edge in shots. Just 18 seconds into the second overtime period, McMillan fired the winner from centre Blair Butchart and defenceman Jake Weston.
Overall, Lincolns out-shot the Kings 41-26, including 6-1 in overtime. Rookie Kyle Curtin went the distance for St. Marys, making 25 saves. London Knights’ draft pick Owen Say made 39 stops for the home team.
“We had a lot of chances to score and could have buried three or four more goals,” coach McClement reported. “But give credit to that Say kid, he really came to play.”
Komoka took 22 of the 26 penalty minutes.
Jr. ‘B’ notes:
–Lincolns kick off their 48-game GOJHL regular schedule this week. Lincs are in Leamington Thursday for a 7:10 p.m. face-off, and then host LaSalle Vipers in their home opener Friday at 7:30 p.m.
Next Wednesday, Sept. 19, Lincs are in London to face the defending champion Nationals at 7 p.m.
–Komoka, with new head coach Ron Horvat at the helm, has eight returning players from last year. Kings have two former Lincolns in their line-up, defenceman Colin Capstick and forward Ben Maidment. Komoka’s pre-season record slipped to 2-3-0-1 with the two losses to St. Marys this past weekend.
–Chatham Maroons had the best pre-season record (5-1-1) in the Western Conference. Lincolns were next with their 4-3 mark.