St. Marys Lincolns took a period off last Friday night at the Pyramid Rec. Centre and it cost them.
Lincs were out-shot 20-3 and out-scored 2-0 in the first period and eventually dropped a 4-0 decision to a veteran Chatham Maroons club.
“We had a slow start tonight, our first period was terrible,” Lincolns’ assistant coach Rick O’Donnell said. “We only had three shots in the first period, that’s not acceptable at home coming out like that.
“But in the second and third, we played well. We showed some heart and character and we battled back. Chatham is a good team and you can’t play just two-thirds of a game and expect to compete with them.”
For the Lincolns (1-13-2), it was their fifth straight loss since a 3-1 home-ice win over London Nationals on Oct. 10. Maroons are now 8-5-1 and in fourth place in the Western Conference standings.
Maroons, with 10 players who are 20-years-old, opened up their 2-0 lead before the game was two minutes old. Marksmen were Steven Szekesy and Connor Annett.
Brennan Feasey and Trevor Richardson (powerplay) tacked on second-period goals for the visitors.
“The first period we played well and the second period we played just okay,” Maroons’ coach Mark Davis said.
“But in the third period, we stopped skating and tried to be too fancy. We were a little too conservative.”
Overall, Chatham out-shot St. Marys 38-29, but Lincs held a 26-18 advantage over the final 40 minutes.
Maroons’ Bo Bessette earned the shutout, and Lincolns’ Andrew Masters played well again and made 34 stops.
Lincs took 27 of the 47 penalty minutes, including a major for checking-from-behind early in the third. However, they successfully killed off the five-minute penalty.
“We’ve got a young team and we have to come ready to play,” O’Donnell reiterated. “We showed some good grit in the third period and stuck up for each other.
“We have to get more pressure on the other teams and sustain it. We need to get more shots to the net and play in their end.”
Flyers 3 – Lincolns 0
In Leamington last Thursday night, the home-town Flyers scored a goal in each period en route to a 3-0 victory over the Lincolns in front of approximately 550 spectators.
Overall, Leamington out-shot St. Marys 39-13.
Scoring for the second-place Flyers (11-4) were Blaine Bechard, Eric Shaw and Colin Moore.
It was a tame affair, with both teams taking just three minor penalties. There was only one minor penalty called over the first 40 minutes. All three Leamington goals came at even strength.
Andrew Masters made 36 saves for the Lincs. Trevor Wheaton notched the shutout for the Flyers.
“The boys came together,” Lincolns’ assistant Jared Frayne reported. “We finally had four lines and five defencemen.
“The boys worked hard and played great in our own end. And Masters played very well. I think we’re finally starting to see some light at the end of the tunnel.”
St. Marys captain Rai DiLoreto sat out with the flu.
Upcoming: Lincolns host London Nationals on Halloween Night in their lone game of the weekend this Friday. Next Wednesday, Nov. 5, Lincs are in London to play the Nats at 7:30 p.m.