Sunday’s Green and White game a fast-paced, hard-hitting affair
By Pat Payton
Just over 90 prospects attended St. Marys Lincolns’ annual spring mini-camp at the PRC this past weekend, culminating with a fast-paced, hard-hitting ‘Green and White’ game Sunday afternoon.
Prospects were divided into five teams, and a series of scrimmages were held on Friday night and all day Saturday. The top 38 players were invited to play in Sunday’s ‘Green and White’ game, with two forwards and a defenceman from last year’s Lincs team playing for both sides as well.
The Dan Schiedel-coached Green team defeated the Dan Murrell-coached White squad 4-1 in front of good-sized crowd. Right winger Kevin Perrott scored twice for Green, while the singles went to Peyton Adams-Matthews and Michael McKnight. Returnee Carter Schoonderwoerd replied for White.
Perrott is the 16-year-old son of former Lincoln and NHLer Nathan (1993-94). Perrott was a member of the Oakland Jr. Grizzlies in Michigan last season.
It was 0-0 until Perrott finally opened the scoring with just three seconds remaining in the second period. Adams-Matthews made it 2-0 just 24 seconds into the third, and Perrott added his second of the game–on a powerplay–with just over five minutes left in regulation time.
The two teams then played 10 minutes of overtime. After five minutes of scoreless 4-on-4 hockey, the two sides traded goals during five minutes of 3-on-3. Schoonderwoerd scored for White and McKnight hit the empty net for Green.
Including extra time, White out-shot the Green 35-33.
Strong contenders at camp
Assistant GM Greg Smale said “four to six players” from this year’s mini-camp are strong contenders to crack the Lincolns’ 2019-20 GOJHL roster. Smale estimates between 10 and 20 prospects from the mini-camp will be invited to the team’s main camp, which starts in mid-August.
“There’s a handful of kids from this weekend’s camp that we’d really like to know that they’re committed to us and we’re committed to them,” Smale said.
The assistant GM says Lincs expect to have a strong nucleus of 10 to 15 players returning from last year’s team.
“Last year was a development year for everyone,” Smale said. “Everyone kind of got their feet wet, and a lot of guys got a chance to play Jr. ‘B’ hockey. But this year, we’re going to go to the main camp and everyone will have to fight for their jobs. We want to bring that competition factor in this year.”
Director of Hockey Operations Jim MacEachern says he’ll be “disappointed” if Lincolns don’t get 15 players back from last year’s team.
Several local players
Several local players took part in the spring mini-camp.
They included defenceman Sam Sedley, who turns 16 in June. Sedley was recently a fourth-round pick of the OHL’s Owen Sound Attack after playing for the Huron-Perth Minor Midgets this past season. Five players from the Cement ‘BB’ Midgets–Lake and Eric Taylor, Blake Boreham, George Hensel and Curtis Topp–also skated on the weekend.
Kyle and Trent Crisp, of Calgary, twin sons of former Lincoln Tony Crisp (1984-85), were among the standouts at this year’s camp. The swift-skating forwards turned 18 on Sunday.
Defencemen a priority
While Junior teams are always looking for the best players, MacEachern admitted that defencemen were “a top priority” at this year’s spring camp.
“It’s no secret that defencemen are what we’re looking for and interested in,” the Director of Hockey Operations said. “Again, it comes back to who is returning, but there are some forward spots open as well. We’re always going to look at a good hockey player and a good athlete who can help us. But we have to get them to the main camp to see how they look against the veteran kids.”
Returning head coach Trent McClement was simply looking for the best players this past weekend.
“Every team has holes to fill at this time of year, and we do, too,” McClement said. “This weekend, we were looking for skilled players to bring to main camp to push all of our other (returning) players. In hockey, I believe you earn your spot.
“We want good players off the ice, too; players who will accept roles on the team and players who will dig deep and work hard. But really, you’re just looking for the best players right now.
“There’s five or six kids here who we’re strongly looking at this weekend.”
Junior hockey notebook:
–In addition to Schoonderwoerd, the other Lincs’ veterans who skated in the ‘Green and White’ game were Reid Ramseyer, Quinton Pepper, Mason Goldie, Jack Lucas and Justin McIntyre.
–This year’s camp featured three U.S. players.
–There were also dryland workouts on Friday night, conducted by instructors from Bob’s Fitness.
–London Jr. ‘B’ Nationals recently announced that former National and former St. Marys Lincolns’ forward Kelly Thomson, 34, has died. Thomson, who went to play on the London Knights’ Memorial Cup championship team in 2004-05, coached the Nats to a Sutherland Cup title in the spring of 2013.
This week, a tribute to Thomson was made before Wednesday’s Game 3 of the 2019 Sutherland Cup final between the Nationals and Waterloo Siskins.
The London native played with the Lincs during the 2002-03 season.
–Lincolns’ annual general meeting is Monday, May 13 at the PRC, starting at 7 p.m.