But fall to Komoka Kings on Saturday
By Stewart Grant
For “Education Night” last Friday, the St. Marys Lincolns played in front of their largest crowd of the season (565 fans) and put forth a fantastic effort, beating the Leamington Flyers by a score of 4-2. For Leamington, it was only their second regulation-time loss in seven games this season.
St. Marys set the tone early in the first period with 15 shots on goal and several scoring chances, all of which were denied by Leamington goaltender Chase Johnson. The Lincolns finally opened the scoring midway through the second period. Joe Mazur, flying down the left wing, outskated the Leamington defender to the open puck and fed a pass to Darcy Winkler who made a nice redirection into the goal. Three minutes later, the Flyers were caught outnumbered in their zone and the Lincolns scored again. Carson Gebauer’s shot from the high slot was kicked out but Tanner Hertel jumped on the rebound to make it 2-0 for the home team.
Carter Schoonerwoerd made a nice play early in the third period. Taking a pass in the neutral zone from Quinton Pepper, Schoonerwoerd entered the Flyer zone on a 1-on-4. Using a Leamington defender as a screen, he unleashed a wrister through the defenceman’s legs that beat the Flyer goaltender up high. Schooderwoerd’s goal celebration was clearly an acknowledgment to the home fans in attendance, as he pointed to them as if to say, “this is for you”.
Following the game, which concluded with a 4-2 score, assistant Greg Smale talked about the team’s relationship with the fans in St. Marys. “The guys new to town are really enjoying the atmosphere the St. Marys fans provide. We have had 3 away games to date and not one of those opposing arenas has drawn as well as we have. Playing in front of the great fans here in town is something our players are learning to appreciate and they realize how fortunate we are that no matter where we are in the standings we have tremendous fan support.”
Loss in Komoka
The Lincolns were unable to sustain the same compete level the following night versus a well-rested Komoka Kings club, and dropped a 7-2 decision in front of 315 fans in Komoka.
Goal scorers for St. Marys were Josh Martin and Jake Weston. Martin’s goal made the game 1-1 when his wrister from the high slot overpowered the Kings’ goaltender. Weston’s goal, late in the second-period, was the result of a point shot on a 5-on-4 powerplay, which narrowed the score to 5-2.
On the night, Komoka outshot St. Marys 31-24 and with the 7-2 victory, improved their record on the season to 3-2.
When asked about the Lincolns playing their second game in two nights, assistant Greg Smale responded, “We are a young group and we need to learn that you can’t take any nights off in this league. We came off one of our best efforts of the season Friday against Leamington to come into Komoka Saturday and look like a totally different team. The “young” and “inexperienced” team excuse is not something this Management team, coaching staff and player group buys into. Every time we hit the ice we need to improve. Back to back games are something we need to be better prepared for.”
The Lincolns’ next home game is this Friday night against the Strathroy Rockets. The theme for the game is ‘Thanksgiving’ and the team is conducting a Fall Food Drive. Tickets for the game are just $5.00 along with a non-perishable item for the local food bank.