Lincolns get taste of playoffs: coach Crespeigne
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Lincolns get taste of playoffs: coach Crespeigne

St. Marys Journal Argus

Pat Payton

Sports editor

St. Marys Lincolns made just one roster move this past week, adding Brandon Morrow from Norwich Jr. ‘C’ Merchants.

The 18-year-old forward had three goals, four points and eight penalty minutes in 24 games with Norwich. The 5 ft., 9 inch, 170 lb. Morrow hails from Stratford.

Morrow will likely play on the Lincs’ third or fourth line. “We just needed a little more depth,” GM Bill Bourne told the Journal Argus.

Morrow attended Lincolns’ mini-camp in June and their main training camp in August.

In other GOJHL news, Chatham Maroons acquired high-scoring forward Charlie Izaguire from Port Colborne at the OHA’s Jan. 10 trading deadline. The 20-year-old Izaguire had 20 goals and 55 points in 34 games with the Pirates, who play in the Golden Horseshoe loop.

London Nationals, meanwhile, picked up three players last week. They are: forward Mike Whaley from the OUA’s Western Mustangs, forward Nik Passero from Fort Erie Meteors, and goalie Justin Tugwell from Lambton Shores Predators.

--There were rumours circulating last week that Waterloo Siskins were interested in obtaining Lincolns’ captain and centre Mike Siddall and defenceman Braydon Blight prior to the Jan. 10 tradinig deadline. Both are 18.

--Following last Friday’s 6-4 home-ice loss to St. Thomas Stars, Lincs’ coach Mike Crespeigne had this to say.

“The guys got a taste of a playoff-type atmosphere tonight. There was playoff intensity out there tonight, both teams were skating hard up and down the ice. So we got some experience tonight, and we’ll use that the rest of the way.

“Every game matters for us. We know what we have to do. We have some tough games ahead, including two against Lambton Shores, and we’ll keep working hard and try and get some points and get ourselves into that post-season.”

Lincolns have a huge game Tuesday, Jan. 21 in Forest against the home-town Predators, who currently sit two points ahead of St. Marys.

--Former Lincoln John Rowland (1980-86) passed away Monday, Jan. 6 in Saskatchewan, where he was living and working. The rugged left winger played six seasons with the Lincs, and was a member of the 1984-85 Western League championship team that defeated London Diamonds in six games.

Rowland played some of the best hockey of his Junior career against London in that memorable Western final.

A St. Marys native, Rowland was 48.

A ‘Celebration of Life’ will be held at the Royal Canadian Legion in St. Marys this Saturday, Jan. 18 from 1 to 4 p.m.

--Kyle Brothers, the GOJHL’s leading scorer, is the first player in the province to hit the 40-goal plateau. The Chatham Maroons’ left winger reached that lofty mark before any other player had scored 30 goals.

Brothers had a hat trick in a 7-3 win over Lambton Shores Predators, his former team, last Tuesday night in Forest. It gave the red-hot Brothers 16 goals in his past five games.

Following weekend action, the 20-year-old Watford native leads the GOJHL with 42 goals and 88 points.

--There are five former Lincolns now playing for Clinton Radars of the WOAA Senior ‘AA’ Hockey League. They are: forwards Tyler Doig, Luke Vick and Kyle Provily, and defencemen Mike Gillen and Marcus Salo.

Four other ex-Lincs are members of the Komoka Classics, another Senior ‘AA’ club. They are: defencemen Mike Noyes and Josh Cornelissen, and forwards Jarret Peterson and Randy Hannigan.

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