St. Marys Lincolns’ GM Warren Nye announced the signing of two new forwards last week.
Zak MacNaught and Chandler Allen practised with the team last Thursday, and both played against Sarnia Legionnaires and St. Thomas Stars this past weekend.
“I just finished the deals (last Wednesday night and Thursday morning),” Nye told the Journal Argus. “Both players have been playing Jr. ‘C’ in the Southern Ontario Junior League (SOJHL).”
MacNaught, 20, was the leading scorer with North Middlesex Stars, based out of Parkhill. “He’s a fast skater, with nice hands, and he was pretty close to the top in the league in points,” the GM said.
The smallish MacNaught has 10 goals, 28 points and 42 penalty minutes in 26 SOJHL games. The Strathroy native was in his fourth season with the Stars.
Allen, a 17-year-old from Ilderton, was a member of the Lambeth Lancers. Ironically, he had a five-game stint with the Jr. ‘B’ Legionnaires, picking up one assist.
In 10 games with the Lancers, Allen had two goals, six points and 28 penalty minutes. He played last season for London Jr. Knights ‘AAA’ Midgets, where he had nine goals, 21 points and 117 penalty minutes.
Both North Middlesex and Lambeth are in the SOJHL’s Yeck Conference. Lancers (23-1-2) are in first place and North Middlesex (2-23-2) in last place following weekend action.
Nye expects both MacNaught and Allen to be with the Lincs for the remainder of the 2012-13 season.
•In another development, forward Bryan McCauley has apparently left the Lincolns “until after Christmas” to concentrate on his school work.
The 19-year-old Ingersoll native is a student at Fanshawe College. He didn’t play in any of Lincs’ three games this past week.
“He has about five exams in the next two weeks,” Nye said last Thursday. “It was kind of sprung on us (last) Tuesday. He has to concentrate on his school work.
“He takes some business courses (at Fanshawe), and he has to get a certain percentage to get into Western’s business school. He wants to concentrate on school for the next few weeks, and then re-evaluate the situation. So right now, he’s stepped aside.”
Nye said he hopes the sturdy third-year winger will be back in the St. Marys line-up in the New Year. “I hope so, but there’s also a possibility that he won’t be back. He has to get those marks up, and school is much more important obviously.”
In 25 games to date, McCauley had two goals, five points and two penalty minutes.
The loss of McCauley and the addition of McNaught and Allen give the Lincolns 21 players at present.
•Prior to last Friday night’s home game against Sarnia, Lincs honoured rookie centre Mike Siddall as their player-of-the-month for November.
The 17-year-old St. Marys native had five goals, four assists and nine points last month.
Siddall is currently tied for third in team scoring with 12 goals and 20 points in 23 games. He’s a player who never takes a shift off, and has made a nice transition from Midget to Jr. ‘B’ hockey.
Siddall fired three goals in a 5-3 win over the Stars Sunday night in St. Thomas.
•Lincolns’ captain Sean Consitt is tied for the GOJHL lead in shorthanded goals with five.
The 20-year-old Hensall native also had five as a rookie in 2009-10. In his four-year Jr. ‘B’ career in St. Marys, Consitt has 14 shorthanded goals.
•Former Lincs’ coach Dave MacQueen (1991-93) is now coaching in the 12-team Austrian Elite professional hockey league.
In 29 games following weekend action, Dornbirn EC Bulldogs had a record of 9-17-1-2.
The 53-year-old Woodstock native coached three teams in the Ontario Hockey League since 1993. He was bench boss with Peterborough Petes (1993-96), Erie Otters (1999-2006) and Sarnia Sting (2006-2011). He was also an assistant coach with the NHL’s Tampa Bay Lightning (1996-98) under head coach Terry Crisp, a former Lincoln great.
MacQueen coached both Peterborough (1995-96) and Erie (2001-02) to OHL playoff championships. He was also named OHL coach-of-the-year with Erie in 2000-01.
•Former Lincolns’ goalie Bryan Hince (2005-07) has a 1-2 record, with one shutout and a 3.36 goals-against average, in his first three starts with Greenville Road Warriors of the East Coast Hockey League.
The 26-year-old Hince is starting his third full season in pro hockey. Earlier this year, the Kapuskasing native had a tryout with Connecticut Whale, New York Rangers’ American League farm club.
•Dean Klomp, of St. Marys, is the leading scorer with Lindsay Muskies of the Ontario Junior Hockey League (Provincial Tier II Jr. ‘A’).
The 20-year-old forward has 15 goals and 36 points and just two penalty minutes in 25 games. Klomp is on target to match last year’s scoring totals when he clicked for 30 goals and 62 points in 46 games.
The St. Marys minor hockey product is now in his fourth full season with the Muskies.