By Stewart Grant
Three weeks ago, the St. Thomas Stars came into the Lincolns’ home rink and left with a 4-1 victory. Last Sunday, the ever-improving St. Marys squad returned the favour and skated off with a convincing 6-2 victory at the Joe Thornton Community Centre.
Cal Horvat opened the scoring for St. Thomas just two minutes into the game, but the Lincolns responded with goals from Quinton Pepper and Mason Goldie before the end of the first period.
Nicolas Grandy tied the game eight minutes into the second period, but newly-acquired Lincoln Cayse Ton scored a minute later to put St. Marys ahead to stay. Darcy Winkler, Blair Butchart and Jake Weston also tallied to make it a 6-2 final score. Justin Richer stopped 32 of 34 shots in the Lincolns net.
With three points (1G 2A) in the win versus St. Thomas, captain Blair Butchart has scored 23 points (3G 20A) in 11 games, making him the leading point getter in the Western Conference. Butchart is 5th in scoring in the 25-team GOJHL, behind four members of the Niagara Falls Canucks, an undefeated (11-0) team which has outscored its Golden Horseshoe Conference opponents by a 77-27 margin this season.
“Pink in the Rink” Game last Friday
Friday was “Pink in the Rink” night at the PRC as the Lincolns played in stylish pink jerseys to help increase breast cancer awareness. After the game, the jerseys were auctioned off with net proceeds donated to the Canadian Cancer Society.
Friday’s game was an entertaining, closely-fought match between the Lincolns and the Komoka Kings. Although the Lincolns fired 42 shots at Kings goaltender Jukka Schotter, only two went in for goals and the Kings prevailed by a score of 4-2. The Lincolns’ two most recent additions, Cayse Ton and Brett Whitehead, notched the goals for St. Marys. Blair Butchart had two assists, while Lincolns goalie Kyle Curtin was named player of the game for the home side.
For the Komoka Kings, the win improved their record on the season to 6 wins versus 5 losses and moved them into the top 5 in the Western Conference standings. Aside from last season’s 7th place finish, the franchise has not finished higher than 8th place since the 2005-06 when they were the Petrolia Jets.
Cayse Ton acquired by St. Marys
Last week, the Lincolns announced the addition of 19-year-old forward Cayse Ton to the lineup. The New Liskeard native played last season for the Charlottetown Islanders in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, scoring 5 goals and 2 assists in 60 games. The prior year, he put up 43 points in 53 games as a 17-year-old with the Rayside-Balfour Canadians of the NOJHL. This season, Cayse will be wearing the #24 sweater, sponsored by Water Street Dentistry.
Next home game is on Sunday
There is no home Lincoln game this Friday. Instead, St. Marys will host the St. Thomas Stars this coming Sunday, October 21st at 7:30 p.m. Earlier in the week, the Lincolns will have played road games in London on Wednesday and Strathroy on Saturday.
Sunday’s game is themed a “Giveaway” night, with fans in attendance receiving a St. Marys Lincolns souvenir.