Lincolns honour Regional Silver Stick winning Dunny’s Atoms last Friday
By Pat Payton
It’s now up to the players to turn these close losses into GOJHL wins.
That was the response from assistant GM Greg Smale when asked what it’s going to take to turn the St. Marys Lincolns’ fortunes around and make the Western Conference playoffs.
Eight of Lincs’ 24 games to date have been decided by two goals or less.
“The coaches can talk to the players and show the players at practice, but at the end of the day the players have to want to change,” Smale said following a 6-4 home-ice loss to LaSalle Vipers last Friday. “Until they decide they want to change, these kind of things are going to happen.
“They have to buy into what the coaches are asking, and go from there. It’s Jr. ‘B’ hockey and a lot of these kids came from Midget hockey. They have to learn, and these coaches are trying to help them at practice and during games. But they’re the ones at the end of the day who have to want to change.”
Smale says it’s also important right now for the young team to stick together through tough times.
“With a young team, I think everyone knew going into the season that there were going to be some tough nights that we’d have to battle through,” the assistant GM said. “The big thing is, we have to stick together and stand by each other, and realize we’re a young group and we’re developing as a young team.
“When we make mistakes, make each other accountable and learn from them. Every time you make mistakes and lose games, we have to learn from it and we have to get better.”
–The Jr. ‘B’ Lincolns honoured the Dunny’s Source for Sports Additional-Entry Atoms prior to last Friday night’s home game against LaSalle Vipers.
The Dunny’s Atoms recently captured their Regional Silver Stick tournament in Collingwood in thrilling fashion. They won both their semi-final game (3-2) and championship final (2-1) in shootouts.
The Rock players and coaches, who were individually introduced, are: goalie Isaac Cousineau, Kaleb Dingman, Hunter Pickel, Zach Larmer, Ben Ewing, Nic Brintnell, Charlie Bender, Cody King, Andre Mollet, Reid Taylor, Riley Hartwick, Donovan McGregor, Harper Murrell and Grier Mahoney. Head coach Matt King, assistants Dan Murrell and Mark Brintnell, and trainer Mike Bender.
The Dunny’s Atoms will now compete in the International A-E Silver Stick tournament in Pelham early in the New Year.
–St. Marys native Darcy Scheuerman (stage name Darcy John) will sing the national anthem prior to this Friday’s home game (Nov. 30) against Leamington. It’s also United Way Perth-Huron night at the rink. The organization raises money for local projects.
–Sarnia Legionnaires have just six returnees (two defencemen and four forwards) from last season. New coach Derek Di Muzio told the Independent that the team had a turnover of 14 players (two goalies, five defencemen and seven forwards) from a year ago. Legionnaires have a smaller squad than previous years, but they’re faster.
“We’ve got a very young team, and we’ve been in a lot of close games,” Di Muzio said during a recent stop in St. Marys. “We had an exodus of players leave the team last year, and we decided to start fresh and recruit some younger talent.
“We like to play a fast game, with good puck-moving defencemen,” the coach added. “We try and use our speed through the neutral zone, and we like to hound teams with our forecheck.”
Before taking the head-coach position with Sarnia, Di Muzio was an assistant coach with the Legionnaires for two seasons. Previous to that, he spent five years with the Ontario Hockey League’s Sarnia Sting.