Muskies vs Voyageurs Feb 5thFebruary 5 2012 at 7:15 PM
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Sunday afternoon the Lindsay Muskies were in Kingston for the last of three straight road games looking to overtake the Voyageurs for 5th place in the OJHL East Division, as they came in trailing Kingston by a single point. In the end the teams emerged tied in points as the Muskies prevailed by a score of 4-3 on an overtime goal by Vince Herlihey.
The game got off to a great start with a beautiful rendition of Oh Canada performed by eight year old Taya Williams.
The Muskies came out flying on the first shift and forced Kingston netminder Justin Gilbert into the the first big save of the game as he did the splits to keep the game scoreless in the opening minute. Moments later it looked as if the Vees would get on the board first, but an excellent backchecking stick lift by Terry Snoddon denied the home side. The Voyageuers did get on the board though at 7:32 when the recently acquired Junior Harris was able to stuff the puck past Tanner Davis in the Lindsay goal. The assists on the goal went to Steve McParland and Aidan Wright. The Muskies fought right back though, and within a minute had knotted the game at one when Zach Bratina buried a rebound behind Gilbert at 8:07. The helpers went to Jesse Gregory and Vince Herlihey. Kingston looked to retake the lead, but a quick glove from Davis denied Harris on a well executed 2 on 1. The Muskies dodged a bullet when they were assessed a kneeing penalty while already shorthanded giving the Vees 26 seconds of a 5 on 3 advantage. The Kingston player, Greg Tricholo had tried to avoid an open ice hit when he and Herlihey collided knee on knee. Tricholo was down for a few moments, but was able to continue. The Muskies were able to kill the penalties, but found themselves down on the scoreboard later when Scott Mossman was able to break in shorthanded and scored at 18:29.
Early in the second Gilbert made a big save on Jake Taylor to keep the game at 2-1, but at the 2 minute mark the Muskies evened the score. Dean Klomp was able to bat the puck out of mid air on the power play with the assist going to Zack MacArthur. With 4:50 left in the period Kingston forward Steve McParland was left lying on the ice for an extended period of time, although nobody in my area, or the officials apparently seemed to see what happened. When he did get though there was a fair amount of blood on the ice though that the arena staff had to clean up before play could continue. Kingston player Pat George must have thought he saw the infraction though, but he was handed the only penalty, an ten minute misconduct. The period ended 2-2.
As the teams came back out after the intermission the Kingston crowd was relieved to see McParland back on the ice to take the opening faceoff. Early on in the third the first good scoring chance went to Lindsay's Mitch Bursey as he held the puck in nicely at the blue line, the fired a hard shot on goal that Gilbert was able to snare with his glove hand. At 10:34 Kingston took their third lead of the afternoon when Harris picked up his second of the game from McParland and Matt Eddy. Just as time appeared to be running out on the Muskies, Dean Klomp won a faceoff backto Patrick Thornton who was able to get a point shot through that beat Gilbert with 1:15 remaining to tie the game at 3-3. Off to overtime.
In the overtime it became a goaltenders duel, literally. First it was Gilbert who made a tremendous glove save. Not to be out done Davis flashed the leather at the other end, with a bit of a fist pump. Then it was Gilbert again, this time followed by a big double fist pump, to the crowds delight. In the end though it was the Muskies getting one more monkey off their back as they grabbed the first win of the season in Kingston when Vince Herlihey scored the overtime winner with 13.6 seconds remaining. Although no assist was announced at the rink, Patrick Thornton had made a nice play to carry the puck in deep, then feed it out in front of the goal to set up the winner.
With the win the Muskies record now stands at 23 regulation wins, 23 regulation losses, and 1 overtime loss.
The next game for Lindsay is Friday night when they are home to face the Toronto Junior Canadiens.
Assists not announced at arena
|February 5 2012, 9:02 PM |
When I got back to Lindsay and checked pointstreak I found some assists that were not announced at the arena. Bryan Kolodziejczyk was awarded an assist on the tying, and winning goals, while Matt McCartney also got an assist on the winner. I had reported that Patrick Thornton (#7) had carried the puck in on the winning goal, but my eyes must have decieved me. Kolodziejczyk is #27.
By Mike Koreen/The Whig-Standard
|February 5 2012, 11:23 PM |
Overtime proves costly for Vees
Posted 12 minutes ago
It was a silent Sunday in the Kingston Kimco Voyageurs dressing room in the aftermath of a disheartening loss.
With a chance to take a stranglehold on fifth place in the Ontario Junior Hockey League's East Division, the Vees gave up the tying goal with less than two minutes left and then lost in overtime at the Invista Centre.
The result was a 4-3 win for the resilient Lindsay Muskies (23-23-1), who pulled into a tie for fifth with the Vees (23-21-1) heading into the final week of the regular season. Kingston has four games left to Lindsay's two, but the Muskies have the easier schedule.
It's very disappointing, Vees coach Colin Birkas said in the wake of the team's third straight loss, all at home and all against division rivals.
They may have been out too long and they may have been caught flat-footed, the coach continued when asked about his troops' play on the overtime winner by Vince Herlihey. But it's been a story for us since November that teams are almost invited to be in the area around our net. It's an issue for us.
Hard to argue after watching the finishing play. Matt McCartney got around the Vees defence and behind the goal line before feeding out front to Herlihey, who was open in front for the easy tap-in 13 seconds before the overtime buzzer.
This came after Vees goalie Justin Gilbert made two dynamite glove saves in the extra frame.
Gilbert appeared to have no view of the puck on the tying goal, a high wrister from Patrick Thornton off a faceoff win with just 1:45 left. That goal allowed Lindsay to wipe out a one-goal deficit for the third time.
While both the Muskies and the Vees will make the playoffs, Lindsay looks like a more dangerous foe right now. The Muskies have won seven of their past nine, including two wins over the East-leading Trenton Golden Hawks.
They've played hard since Christmas, Muskies coach Paul Mattucci said of his club. We're definitely on the upswing. I don't think too many teams will want to play us in the playoffs.
As for the Vees, there are plenty of reasons for concern. Kingston-born captain David McMullen has a cast on a broken hand and top-line forward Kyle Wilhelm missed Sunday's game with an undisclosed injury. Goaltender Charlie Finn, bowled over on Thursday night, dressed as a backup, but still has to see the doctor on Monday to look over X-rays.
It looked like the injury situation might get worse for the Vees when star forward Steve McParland's nose started bleeding badly after he took a stick to the face in the second period. There was no penalty on the play, which resulted in a broken nose, Birkas said. The refs, Mattucci said, believed a Vees player's stick caught McParland, though that wasn't clear on replays.
Birkas also wasn't happy to see Gilbert get run over by Jake Taylor in the first after Finn experienced the same thing against the Cobourg Cougars on Thursday. Taylor did get two minutes for goaltender interference.
It's one of the worst referring performances I've seen in a while in terms of attempt to injure. That guy was out to lunch, Birkas said, not indicating which ref he was referring to Tony Brovata and Darren Sloboda worked the game.
McParland returned with a full cage in the third and won a faceoff that led to a go-ahead goal for Junior Harris.
He showed his true colours, Harris said of McParland. He's a true warrior and I couldn't ask for a better linemate.
Added Birkas: He did the best he could. He had trouble breathing, but he comes out with a full cage. That's a pretty gutsy effort.
Harris scored two goals for the Vees, while Kingston-born rookie Scott Mossman added a short-handed beauty.
But it wasn't enough as the Vees blew a trio of leads on an afternoon where they couldn't land the knockout blow.
We've got to finish strong and get everybody back healthy, Harris said. The playoffs are a whole new season. Everyone starts with zero wins.
The Vees play their final four games in a stretch of seven days. Three of them are on the road, including Monday's game in Cobourg against the Cougars. Opening faceoff is set for 7 p.m. Their home finale is Thursday night at 7 against the Toronto Lakeshore Patriots. ... With McMullen out, his teammates hung the captain's jersey beside the bench. ... Junior Harris replaced Wilhelm on the top line with Greg Trichilo and McParland. ... In the absence of power-play quarterback McMullen, coach Colin Birkas experimented with his extra-man units. At times, he used tough forward Pat George on the point. ... The winner of the battle for fifth place between Lindsay and Kingston will face the fourth-place Whitby Fury in a best-of-five opening round series. Whitby is locked into fourth after Sunday's results. The sixth-place team likely will draw the third-place Wellington Dukes, who have a slim chance of jumping into second. The top two teams (the Trenton Golden Hawks are first and Cobourg is second) get first-round byes.
The truth is....
|February 5 2012, 11:32 PM |
The Lindsay Muskies, to the man, simply wanted it more than the Vees.
We can make all the excuses in the world for too long shifts, key players injured and out of the lineup and poor officating.
Execution with everybody on the same page is key for this team.
Too frequently, the Vees take the puck back into their own zone,invite a dogged opposition forecheck and take far too long to exit their zone breakouts.
They do not consistently get the puck in to the back boards' goal line to allow for safe changes and making the other team move it a full 200 feet back up ice.