By Spencer Seymour
At one point, Lincolns’ forward Jacob Bloomfield was lying motionless on the ice before being helped off the ice. Fast-forward to the final minute of the first overtime period and the very same Bloomfield was scoring the game-winning goal to give the Lincolns their first win on home-ice since September 20 and snap a two-game losing skid.
The second loss of that now-broken streak came last Wednesday when the team was in LaSalle taking on the fourth-place Vipers. The Lincs, missing Braeden Burdett and Jordan Daer due to injury, as well as Cayse Ton and Riley Coome due to university midterms, the Lincs were significantly short-handed coming into the game. Despite missing four regulars, they would put up a solid effort against a hungry and surging Vipers team. It was LaSalle, though, who would prevail when the final buzzer sounded, who emerged with a tight 3-2 victory over Kyle Curtin and the Lincolns.
It was a late penalty on the Lincolns’ Bloomfield with 2:15 left in the third that solidified the victory for the Vipers. They managed to kill off the penalty, but with 15 seconds left on the clock, there just wasn’t enough time for the Lincs to get the equalizer.
Coming back to St. Marys poised for a big performance, the Lincolns delivered when they played the Chatham Maroons for the first time this season and did so in dramatic fashion. With just over a minute left in the first period, the Maroons made it 1-0. However, the Lincs emerged from the dressing room for the second period and played arguably the best period of hockey they’ve played so far this season, outshooting the Maroons 18-4 and taking a 3-1 lead going into the third.
In the third, however, the concern that the disappointment on home ice may continue started to creep in again as the Maroons scratched and clawed their way back into the game, eventually tying the game at three apiece. It was in the third that Bloomfield took a bad-looking hit from behind that saw him lay motionless on the ice for several moments, before eventually being helped off the ice. The Lincolns would get a five-minute powerplay but were unable to score with the man advantage and would instead surrender a short-handed goal, which brought the game to a 3-3 score.
Bloomfield would return to the ice a few minutes after leaving the game and, as if writing a perfect fairytale, would lift the Lincolns to a dramatic 4-3 win in overtime after burying the puck in behind Maroons’ netminder Kevin Linker with 47 seconds left in the first overtime period.
The win snapped a two-game losing streak and gives the Lincolns momentum heading into a clash of Western Conference heavyweights on Halloween night when the Lincs travel to Leamington to take on the second-placed Flyers. In their first meeting this season, the Flyers edged out a tight 1-0 win over the Lincolns. Leamington is coming in hot, having won six straight games and averaging five goals per game in that stretch.
Following Leamington, the Lincolns will return home to take on the Komoka Kings on Friday night at 7:30 and then battle the St. Thomas Stars on Sunday afternoon at 1:30, also in St. Marys. All three games will be broadcast live on St. Marys Radio at stmarysradio.com.