Lincolns' GM Smale makes two-for-one deal with Nats

Lincs send veteran defenceman Munro to London for forward Harbour and blueliner Cornfield

  • Sports   Wednesday, November 24, 2021   Pat Payton
Thomas Harbour

Thomas Harbour

By Pat Payton
St. Marys Lincolns are hoping a two-for-one deal with London Nationals this past Saturday will help provide a little much-needed offensive spark.
Going to the Nats is 20-year-old defenceman Thomas Munro. Coming to the Lincs are 20-year-old centre-right wing Thomas Harbour and 18-year-old defenceman Josh Cornfield.
In 18 games before the trade, Lincolns were averaging just three goals a night.
"I think Harbour comes in and helps our scoring issues," Lincs' Director of Hockey Operations/GM Greg Smale told the Independent. "He's a good two-way centreman as well. He reminds me a lot of (former St. Marys centre) Jacob Bloomfield to be honest. He's going to help us down the middle as guys like Joe Mazur and Kyle Morey have been logging a lot of minutes.
"Josh Cornfield is a great young defenceman. He's going to Western, so he's going to be here for years to come and help us on the back-end. If you want to get something good in this league, you have to give up something good. London really wanted Thomas Munro, and he's going to help them run their powerplay. It's a great opportunity for him.
"From our standpoint, I feel we're a deeper hockey team today with Harbour and Cornfield. It's a good deal for us," the GM added.
Both players were in the Lincolns' line-up Sunday night in St. Thomas. Harbour had one of the goals in a 5-2 St. Marys win.
13 points for Harbour
Harbour was tied for sixth in team scoring with the first-place Nationals. The Oakville native had six goals and 13 points. He played in the OJHL two years ago with Brampton. Cornfield, a strong-skating blue-liner from Kitchener, had one goal and six points in 14 games with London.
Munro, meanwhile, was the top point-getter among Lincs' defencemen and fourth overall in team scoring with four goals and 14 points. A Western student, Munro hails from Caledon (north of Toronto). Two years ago, he played for two teams (Cobourg and Collingwood) in the OJHL.
Smale has now acquired three members of the Nationals in the past two weeks. On Nov. 13, the GM obtained forward Ryan Cooper in a straight cash deal.
Smale thinks the 17-year-old Ilderton resident will add a little offensive punch to the Lincolns' attack as well.
"Ryan is a great skater, with great hands and vision," Smale said at practice last week. "I feel he'll help us score, and we're excited to add him to our line-up."
Cooper fired the game winner in Leamington last Thursday night, snapping a 1-1 tie late in the third period.
Two years ago, he played for the U16 Huron-Perth 'AAA' Lakers and collected 29 points (10-19) in 32 games.