Quinton Pepper named Lincs’ Player-of-the-Month for October
By Pat Payton
Maxim Mulder played his first two games for St. Marys Lincolns this past weekend.
Early last week, Lincs acquired the 17-year-old defenceman from Listowel Cyclones of the GOJHL’s Midwestern Conference. In exchange, Cyclones received the rights to 18-year-old goaltender Evan Morrison. Lincolns also traded forward Darcy Winkler, 18, to Listowel in a separate cash deal.
Mulder, who is listed at 6 ft., 2 inches and 190 lbs., dressed for 12 games for the Cyclones this year. Last season, the Stratford native played 26 games with his home-town Jr. ‘B’ Warriors, as well as 15 games with the Huron-Perth Lakers ‘AAA’ Major Midgets.
Lincs’ Director of Hockey Operations’ Jim MacEachern thinks Mulder can be a “top four” defenceman with St. Marys.
From Stirling in Eastern Ontario, Morrison started this season as third-string goalie with Flint Firebirds of the Ontario Hockey League. With the Lincolns last season, Morrison started 18 games–posting a record of 3-14-1.
Winkler, from Cambridge, had three goals and four points in 16 games with St. Marys this season. The veteran winger joined the Lincs for the final 16 games of last season, picking up four assists.
–The SMMHA Elimination Draw, in partnership with the Lincolns, was held last Friday night in the PRC’s End Zone room.
Winner of the grand prize of $15,000 was Bruce Mills, who owned ticket No. 301. He’s a long-time Lincs’ supporter. Bill Lowe pulled the final ticket.
All 500 tickets were sold.
–Prior to last Friday night’s game against London, Lincolns’ forward Quinton Pepper was named St. Marys Buick GMC Player-of-the-Month for October. Lincs’ secretary Pete Frehner made the presentation.
A 16-year-old from London, Pepper had six goals in nine games last month. He’s a Guelph Storm draft pick. Pepper is tied with Joe Mazur for the team lead in goals with eight.
–Owner Brian Dundas and Dunny’s Source for Sports employees were at last Friday night’s game selling Lincolns’ merchandise in the lobby. Dundas said proceeds of $150 are being donated back to the Lincs.
–Lincolns will hold their annual Remembrance Day ceremony prior to this Friday’s home game (Nov. 9) against Strathroy. The colour parties from ANAF Unit 265 and Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 236, will be piped on to the ice by Les Brunton. The Last Post and Reveille will be performed by Alan Lounds.
–London Nationals have won the Western Conference title the last three years in a row.
How does the 2018-19 team stack up against other London powerhouses in recent years, coach Pat Powers was asked. Nats came into St. Marys last Friday with a division-leading 13-1-0-1 record.
“We’ve been getting good depth in our scoring,” Powers said before the Nov. 2 game. “We’ve been getting contributions from our entire line-up. We’re working hard and we have a lot of enthusiasm in our entire line-up right now.
“But it hasn’t been an easy 13-1-1. We’ve had to grind through quite a few games.”
Over the last four seasons, Powers says this year’s Nationals are one of the younger teams he’s coached.
“Every team has its own identity. In each of the last three years, all conference champions, each team has been different. This year, we’re not as big as last year’s team, but we’re a little faster and a little more skilled this year.
“We’re a team that follows systems, has strong goaltending and has good depth.”
Two members of this year’s London team are defencemen Jack Wieringa and Tyson Kielt, both ex-Lincolns.
–During a recent stop in St. Marys, Chatham Maroons’ new head coach Kyle Makaric described the type of team that he has in 2018-19.
“We’ve got a veteran team, a hard-working team,” said Makaric, a former Western Conference player with Chatham. “I love the detail that these guys bring to the rink every night. We’re an offensive team that skates and shoots really well. That’s the type of team that we wanted to build.”
On paper at the beginning of the season, Maroons (10-2-0-2) were picked to be one of the top teams in the conference. So far, they’ve lived up to that billing.
“But there’s a lot of good teams, a lot of good players in this league,” Makaric pointed out. “If you don’t bring your ‘A’ game every night, you can lose. I like the team that we have, but there’s a lot of good teams in our division.”
Maroons have a strong core of nine players back from last year’s team.
“All the young guys we brought in are really skilled players,” Makaric noted. “On any given night when you show up to watch the Chatham Maroons, you’ll see that we play with good pace, we play with good detail, and we’re a very competitive bunch.”