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Muskies Take Three of Four Points With Win Over Toronto Jr. Canadiens

The Lindsay Muskies got another strong performance in goal by Boyd DiClemente on Sunday night, and took three out of a possible four points on the weekend as they upset the Toronto Jr. Canadiens by a score of 6-2.


The Junior Canadiens came out with the early pressure, and two early power plays only solidified that but Boyd DiClemente and the Muskie penalty killers were able to hold Toronto at bay. When the penalties were over with Lindsay's first good chance on goal went to Jack Scanlan and he made no mistake putting the Muskies ahead 1-0 at the 10:57 mark. Owen Barnett, and Joey Vocino got the assists. Lindsay enjoyed a couple of their own power plays as the period wore on but there was no more scoring in period one.


The second started off much better for Lindsay. Just 1:04 in Matt Marchese was able to deflect a Stuart Fierheller shot to put the Muskies up 2-0. Joey Vocino picked up the other assist. They thought they had gone up by three shortly afterward but it was determined that the Toronto goal had come off it's moorings before the puck entered the net. However Toronto were penalized on the play for delay of game. At 6:22 Logan DeNoble scoed one that counted which made the score 3-0 from Jeff Wilson, and Matt Tustin. The Muskie push continued at 10:22 when Austin Eastman made it 4-0 on a nice setup from Keegan Cairns. The Toronto squad began to rally a bit after that, and enjoyed at :40 second 5 on 3 advantage in the late stages of the period but were not able to get on the board as the period wound down.


The third period had an odd finish to say the least. With just under twelve minutes left to play the Jr. Canadiens found themselves up two men for 1:43. At that point the Toronto coach decided to pull the goaltender for an extra attacker to gain a 6 on 3 advantage. The odd thing was the Toronto goaltendernever wound up going back in at all as Toronto decided to play the final twelve minutes with the goalie pulled. At first it worked well as Anthony Repaci spoiled DiClemente's shutout bid at the 9:09 mark. At 9:42 though Brock Spear made it 5-1 with an empty netter from James Allen. Undeterred the Toronto squad kept coming with the extra man and made it 5-2 when Michael Cuddemi scored at 17:20 from Owen Tippett, and Ryan MacSpayden. The Muskies Spear put the game away though at 19:40 with another empty netter from Allen making the final 6-2.


The win keeps the Muskies faint playoff hopes alive and bumps their record to 14 wins, 24 losses, 1 tie, and 6 overtime losses.


The next action for Lindsay is Friday night when they host the Aurora Tigers.

Great Team Effort In 3-2 Overtime Loss To Whitby

Although it's not do or die yet, each game is increasingly important for the Lindsay Muskies as they try to close the gap on the last playoff spot. Friday night they earned at least one point in a 3-2 overtime loss to the always tough Whitby Fury.


The games first power play went to the Fury, and they generated a number of good chances forcing Boyd DiClemente into a number of sharp stops. When the Muskies were back to full strength they got a glorious chance with an empty Whitby cage staring Matt Marchese in the eye but he was just unable to coral the loose puck. The Fury struck opened the scoring at 8:25 when Dakota Ketrick put one in from Jeremy Wu. Play was fairly even for a good stretch of time until 17:53 when a great effort by Cam Stajer saw him bang home a rebound from a Kris DiClemente shot, and then nearly crash through the boards. The Fury though restored their lead with :29 seconds remaining. Matt Fischer scored the goal from Luke Keenan.


Midway through the second the Muskies found themselves with a short two man advantage. A Kris DiClemente shot rang off the post but that's as close as they would come. Whitby hit a post of their own shortly thereafter but there was no scoring in the second period of what at times was a chippy period with a lot of pushing and shoving after whistles.


In the third Whitby had the share of the early chances but DiClemente was able to cover a lot of pucks when the Fury got in close. The Muskies kept plugging away though and at 11:03 Joey Vocino was able slide a nifty backhander past Tyler Feaver and into the goal to tie the match at 2-2. The assists went to Brock Spear, and Owen Barnett. The goal seemed to wake the Fury who came on strong down the stretch, but the buzzer sounded and we were off to overtime.


In the overtime the teams each traded great scoring opportunities, but a slashing penalty to Keegan Cairns with just over two minutes left spelled trouble when Jeremy Wu ended the game at 3:56 from Zach Viminitz.


After the game I had a chance to speak with Boyd DiClemente. I remarked that despite the loss he had turned in one of his most solid performances of the season.


“I've been working with coach Greg (Seiler, goaltending coach), on trying to cover up and control the puck. That just makes things easier on the whole team”, said DiClemente. He also went on credit the way the entire team worked defensively, and taking guys in front of the net.


The loss drops the Muskie record to 13 wins, 24 losses, 1 tie, and 6 overtime losses.


Next action for the Muskies is Sunday night in Toronto against the Jr. Canadiens.

Muskies Drop Close Match In Toronto

The Lindsay Muskies headed to Toronto on Saturday night looking to extend their winning streak to three, but it was not to be as they fell to the South Division leading Patriots by a score of 4-3.


The Patriots came out hard at the Muskies and opened the scoring just 2:18 in when Nate Feric put one past Boyd DiClemente in the Lindsay goal. Nick Ursitti, and Mario Ferraro had the assists. At 7:09 the Patriots went up by a 2-0 count as Jacob Hayhurst scored from Quinn Syrydiuk, and Ursitti. The Muskies were able to get one back just over a minute later at 8:26 when James Allen scored from Mat Lewis. For the next few minutes the Patriots kept pressing, and missed a couple of golden opportunities, but DiClemente did a good job as well. The Muskies caught a break near the end of the period when the teams leading scorer Logan DeNoble got a chance in close and made no mistake beating former Muskie Mat Robson to tie the game at 2-2 at 17:59.


In the second the Patriots struck quickly again when Jeremy Pullara scored at 2:02 from Brett markham, and Ferraro. Midway through the frame Toronto had a grand chance to restore their two goal lead but were denied. As the played headed the other way Austin Eastman nicely converted a Keegan Cairns pass tying the game at 3-3 at 10:16. The games first power play went to Toronto and at 15:13 it hit the mark when Ursitti score from Feric, and Tyler Currie putting the Pariots up 4-3.


Midway through the third the Muskies had an excellent chance to tie the game with a two man advantage for 1:03. Despite some great puck control they weren't able to draw even. Shortly afterward the Patriots enjoyed a two man advantage of their own, but the Muskie penalty killers came up big. In the dying minutes of the game Mat Robson stepped up to make big saves on Matt Marchese, then with the Lindsay net empty he made a big save on Jack Scanlan to preserve the win for the home side.


The loss drops the Lindsay record to 13 wins, 24 losses, 1 tie, and 5 overtime losses, but they did not lose any ground in their late season playoff push as Wellington, and Pickering were defeated also.


Next action for Lindsay is Friday night when they host Whitby.

Washer, and Spear Each Score Twice As Muskies Blow Away the Hurricanes

The Lindsay Muskies erupted for five second period goals on Friday night en route to a 9-4 victory over the Newmarket Hurricanes.


The Hockey Gods can be funny. Despite Lindsay's record, and the fact that Newmarket sit well ahead of Lindsay in the standings, the Muskies have now won all four meetings between the two teams this season.


Given the fact that this week saw team captain Mike Spataro released so he could attend university, and the Muskies leading scorer Logan DeNoble was ejected early in the first for a check from behind, this victory by such a wide margin was really surprising.


The Muskies struck first when Logan DeNoble scored at 11:59 from Keegan Cairns, and Brandon Washer, but the lead didn't last long as Newmarket scored two quick power play goals. The first came at 14:19 when Anthony Salemi scored from Sam Hu, and Dallas Baird. The second was at 16:49 when Christian Dedonato netted one from Adam Smith, and Joseph Mizzi. Lindsay tied the game on a power play of their own at 18:13. That goal came from Brandon Washer, assisted by Mat Lewis, and Austin Eastman. The Fish struck again at 18:45 with this goal going to Stuart Fierheller from Brock Spear.


The Muskies scored five times in the second. John Macdonald scored at 2:42 from Brock Spear. Then at 3:09 it was Spear from Kris DiClemente which spelled the end of the road for Newmarket goaltender Connor Ryckman. The next goalie, Tyler Richardson was greeted with Matt Marchese goal at 6:14. Spear got his second at 7:41 from Cam Stajer, and Jeff Wilson. Jack Scanlan rounded out the scoring at 18:01 from Cairns, and Cole Langfield. There was plenty of rough stuff as the period wore on with many misconducts, and offsetting inciting penalties.


With a delayed penalty coming to the Muskies early in the third Newmarket pulled their goaltender. The move did not pay off as Washer scored his second at the :49 second mark. At that point Connor Ryckman went back into the net. The Hurricanes got their third of the night at 2:34 when Christian Cella scored from Cameron Nicol, and Curtis Harvey, then they rounded out the scoring for the night at 8:50 when Sam Hu scored from Christian Dedonato, and Dallas Baird. There were plenty of penalties as the third rolled along, but really the officials did a pretty good job of keeping a lid on things when it really could have gotten out of hand.


Boyd DiClemente picked up the win in goal for the Fish.


The win improves the Muskies record to 13 wins, 23 losses, 1 tie, and 5 overtime losses, and keeps their slim hopes alive at grabbing the last playoff spot. The next action for the team is Saturday night in Toronto when they take on the Patriots.

Muskies Welcome Sean McLaren To The Team

The Muskies are pleased to announce the addition of defenceman Sean McLaren to the team.  Sean was picked up late last week from the Burlington Cougars,  Welcome to the Fish Pond Sean!

Mike Spataro Off To University

“We would like thank Mike for his time and effort with the Muskies. We wish him all the best in his Business Commerce courses at UOIT”  

Eastman Scores Overtime Winner in North York

The Lindsay Muskies trailed by as many as three goals midway through their game in North York on Sunday afternoon but completed an exciting comeback when Austin Eastman scored in overtime to secure a 5-4 victory.


The Muskies held a territorial advantage in the first, and managed to out shoot the the Rangers by a 13 to 8 count, but the Rangers came out with a 1-0 lead when Ryan Takamatsu score with 9.8 seconds left. The assists on the goal went to Mathew Whittaker, and Anthony Paveglio.


North York picked up in the second where they left off in the first. Gabriel Valenzeula beat Boyd DiClemente at the 1:00 mark to make the lead 2-0 from Whittaker, and Takamatsu, then at 3:07 Will Reilly made it 3-0 from Zachary Fung. The Muskies though were able to settle things down, and then get themselves back into the match. Matt Tustin got Lindsay on the board at 12:32 from John MacDonald. The goal was Tustin's 3rd of the season. Less than two minutes later Owen Barnett scored a power play goal from Mat Lewis, and Matt Marchese. That goal was Barnett's 2nd of the year. From that point the teams traded opportunities, but there was no more scoring, meaning the Muskies would start the third trailing 3-2.


As the third started it was the strong forechecking of John MacDonald, and former Ranger Cam Stajer that lead to a power play for the Muskies. On that power play Keegan Cairns 9th of the year tied the game at 3-3 with the helpers going to Brandon Washer, and Logan DeNoble. The Rangers regained the lead at 8:43 when Luke Kutkevicius scored from Zack Fisher. The Muskies answered well with a lot of pressure on the next shift, and they thought they had the equalizer past Eugueni Makarsky with 9 minutes left but the referee indicated that the puck had not crossed the line. Lindsay showed some great fight in this game though, and their leading scorer Logan DeNoble netted his 23rd of the year to tie the game again, from Austin Eastman, and Keegan Cairns at 15:18. The Muskies had a couple of great chances as the third wound down, but overtime was in the cards.


Overtime always seems to be exciting in this league, and this one was no different as the teams traded chances. What was different though is that the Fish were able to finish this one off when Lindsay native Austin Eastman scored his 10th of the year at 4:20 of the first overtime from Barnett, and Washer to lock up two important points.


The win keeps the Muskies slim playoff hopes alive as their record improves to 12 wins, 23 losses, 1 tie, and 5 overtime losses.


The Muskies next action is Friday night when they return home to take on the Newmarket Hurricanes.

Flyers Sink Muskies With Late Empty Netter

The game between the Orangeville Flyers and the Lindsay Muskies on Friday night was a penalty filled affair but after the game all anybody was talking about was the non call on an obvious hook at center ice that led to the empty net goal that locked up a 6-4 win for Orangeville.


One can only assume that referees Paul Drummond, and Andrew Thompson left their whistles in the room between the second and third period. Nothing drives coaches, players, and fans crazy more than inconsistency from the officials, but there was a full dose of it on Friday. For the first two periods players from both sides were often confused about calls, which came frequently to each team. A total of 13 penalties were called over the first two frames. Then in the third everything was let go save for a too many men on the ice call. That was until the abuse of officials call against Brandon Washer that came after the non call that led to the empty net goal. Whatever he said couldn't have been half as bad as what the fans were hollering for the remaining :16 seconds, and as the officials left the ice.


James McLaughlin got Orangeville on the board just 2:55 into the game when he was able to squeeze a puck past Brett Chandler from in close. The Muskies got the first power play chance of the game and it didn't take them long to make it count. Logan DeNoble won a faceoff cleanly back to Brandon Washer whose shot got through the crowd to elude the Orangeville net minder Wyatt Pickrell to tie the game at 7:56. Orangeville then struck for a couple of quick goals. The first came on a power play when Lucas Smilsky scored from Connor Stack, and Ian Nichols at 10:48. Less than a minute later at 11:25 Colin Rigney made it 3-1 from Aleks Rapp, and James McLaughlin. At the 17:09 mark the Lindsay power play struck again when Keegan Cairns scored from Logan DeNoble at 17:09. Lindsay got another crack at the man advantage before the period ended but there was no more scoring.


The second got off to a disastrous start for Lindsay. Just :53 seconds in on another power play Rapp made it 4-2 from McLaughlin, and Rigney. Then at 2:14 Darren Nesbitt scored from Kosta Likourezos to make it 5-2, and spelled the end of the night for Brett Chandler. At that point Boyd DiClemente took over in goal for Lindsay. Just before the midway point of the frame things looked like they might get worse yet as the Muskies were handed two separate hooking penalties at the same point setting up a full two minute, two man advantage. A couple of key stops by DiClemente, and some great work by the penalty killers though kept the Flyers at bay. At 13:45 the Fish got one back when team scoring leader Logan DeNoble scored from Cameron Stajer, and Jack Scanlan to make it 5-3.


Lindsay began the third having to complete a penalty kill. They did that successfully and just as it ended Cameron Stajer was able to jam a puck past Pickrell to draw Lindsay within one at 5-4. The assist on that goal went to Mackenzie Heber. From that point on the teams played some great hockey, but there were no more goals until the aforementioned empty netter that put the game away.


After the game apart from the officiating most of the talk from the coaching staff revolved around the looming trade deadline. The deadline is Saturday, January 10th. As of my speaking to Muskies Head Coach Dan West after the game nothing had happened, but there had been talk involving a couple of players prior to the match.


The next action for Lindsay is Sunday afternoon in North York, then they return home Friday to host Newmarket.

Munroe and the Tigers Shut Out The Muskies

The Aurora Tigers came to Lindsay on Tuesday night and although it looked like a mismatch on paper the Muskies hung with the Tiger till the dying moments of the third when a pair of late goals made the final score 4-0.


The Tigers came into the game with a division leading record of 28 wins, 6 losses, and 3 overtime losses, while the Muskies checked in at 11 wins, 21 losses, 1 tie, and 5 overtime losses.


The Muskies enjoyed the first good scoring chance when Logan DeNoble broke in alone but he lost control just before a poke check by Tiger's goalie Andy Munroe. The Tigers got on the board first when Mack Lemmon was able to deke around Boyd DiClemente at 4:04. The assists went to Drake Board, and Daniel Mantenuto. That was all there was for scoring in the first although the teams did trade some good chances.


Early in the second period the first power play of the game was awarded to Lindsay, but right off the drop of the puck it was an Aurora player who raced in alone only to be denied by DiClemente. As the period wore on the Muskies continued to mount pressure. DeNoble had an excellent chance in the slot, then Jack Scanlan had a partial break but Munroe was there to stop them both. With 1:33 left in the period it was DiClemente's chance to shine again as he slid across the crease to make a nice stop on an Aurora 2 on 1. The Muskies haven't caught many breaks this year though, and the end of the second was no different as Aurora got partial breakaway in the dying seconds that DiClemente only could get a piece of as Board scored with just 3 seconds left from Shane Beaulieu, and Noah Delmas to make 2-0.


The Muskies enjoyed an early power play in the third but the Tiger defenders were able to keep the team at bay. The Tigers looked as if they had the insurance they would need at 15:03 but it was deemed that the puck had been kicked into the goal. At 18:01 though Lemmon netted his second of the match to make it 3-0 from Nicholas Erb, and Daniel Mantenuto. Lindsay took a penalty after the goal was scored and the Tiger power play made it 4-0 at 18:32. That goal was from Johnny Curran, assisted by Delmas, and Eric Williams.


While not entirely happy with the outcome of the game the Muskies coaching staff were happy with the teams effort for the most part. “The work ethic was there tonight, but there was no moral victory”. They also felt that Aurora netminder Andy Munroe was the difference in the game with a very solid, and controlled game.


The next action for the Muskies is Friday night when they host the Orangeville Flyers.

Muskies Grab 3 of 4 Weekend Points With Overtime Loss in Orangeville

The Muskies wound up in overtime for the second consecutive night, but on Saturday night they came out on the wrong end of a 2-1 final.
Lindsay held a slight shot advantage in the first and got the only goal of the period when Brock Spear gave Lindsay a lead at 16:46 from Joey Vocino, and Stuart Fierheller.
The second period saw each goalie face 18 shots, but both Boyd DiClemente, and Wyatt Pickrell turned away everything that came at them.
In the third period the hometown Flyers were able to burst the shutout and draw even when James McLaughlin scored at 11:01 from Colin Rigney, and Darren Nesbitt.
While the Lindsay power play went 0 for 6 the Orangeville power play came up big when it counted most, at 4:46 of the first overtime.  Derek Topatigh got the winning goal with the assists going to McLaughlin, a Ryan Anton.
The fact that the game went to overtime though meant that Lindsay picked up 3 out of a possible 4 points on the weekend though which is huge for them at this point of the year.
The Muskies are back in action at home on Tuesday night when they host the Aurora Tigers at 7:30 pm.

Spataro Scores Overtime Winner To Open 2015

The Lindsay Muskies were back on the ice Friday night beginning a stretch of 18 games where they need every point they can grab as they strive to get nearer to that last playoff spot. They had an excellent opportunity as the visiting Pickering Panthers were the team closest to them and they came away with a 5-4 overtime victory.


The teams traded scoring opportunities early in the first, but it was the visitors that broke through first when Kyler Challis beat Boyd DiClemente at 5:52 from Mitch Emerson, and Cam Palmer on a power play to put Pickering up 1-0. It would take until the last minute of the period before we would have anymore scoring. Austin Eastman tied the game at 1-1 at 19:45 when he scored on a two man advantage. Keegan Cairns, and Kris DiClemente picked up the assists.


The Muskies got off to a great start in the second when Logan DeNoble ripped a power play goal over the glove of Austin Washkaruk from Kris DiClemente, and Brandon Washer, but the Panthers got it right back at 2:23 when Mark Tenuta slipped one through the pads of Boyd DiClemente from Dalton Lawrence, and Justin Bennett. From that point on DiClemente was the busier of the two netminders, making a number of quality stops including one from Pickering's shifty veteran Mark Tenuta as he worked his way right to the front of the goal. When the buzzer sounded at the end of the second frame it was 2-2.


The Panthers got their lead back at 4:41 when Doug Cater scored from B.J. Salerno, and Mitch Emerson. Shortly afterward the Muskies found themselves on another long two man advantage, and they took advantage at 8:51 when joey Vocino, scored from Brandon Washer, and Jack Scanlan. The Muskies then continued to buzz the Pickering net, but couldn't get a bounce as two consecutive chances were tipped just wide of either side of the goal. Pickering then very nearly went ahead when a 2 on 1 goalmouth pass went off a sliding Muskie defenceman and rattled off the post. Jack Scanlan gave the Muskies a 4-3 lead at 15:57 when he finished off a nice passing play from Joey Vocino, and Brandon Washer. As has been the Muskies luck this year though Emerson fired home a rebound at 17:58 from Blake Coffey, and Sean Power setting up overtime.


After a long delay in starting the overtime the Muskies went to work and were rewarded when a Mike Spataro point shot got through at 1:31 from Matt Marchese, and Jack Scanlan to give the Muskies the much needed two points. After the game Head Coach Dan West said they were very happy to start off the New Year with a win. “We made some mistakes, but got through them. We can't focus on the negatives”.


There were no mention of negatives from Muskies Captain Mike Spataro when asked about his game winning goal, but he was quick to credit the entire team for the win. “It was good team play that lead to the goal”, he said. “Some good passing”, he remarked of the play that lead to the winner.


Austin Eastman too looked very relieved, and happy with tonight's outcome. “We're perfect in 2015”.


The delay before the start of overtime though did bring about cause for concern. The delay began when Muskies newcomer Jeff Wilson made his way to the bench, then medical staff were requested and before you know it paramedics were immobilizing him on the bench in preparation for a trip to the hospital. As of press time his condition was not known, but Spataro did confirm that Wilson had full movement of all his fingers and toes as he was stretchered off to the waiting ambulance. While the coaching staff did not see exactly what happened, Spataro told me that it looked like Wilson attempted to throw a hit in the dying seconds of the third but partially missed and wound up going awkwardly into the boards.


The next action for Lindsay is Saturday night when they head to Orangeville, then they are home for a rare Tuesday night game when they host the division leading Aurora Tigers. Although the Orangeville squad have need been a strong team over the past few years West is quick to credit them this year saying their top six players are very good, as is their goaltending in his opinion.

Muskies Drop A Pair Heading Into Christmas Break

The Lindsay Muskies were defeated in two games on the weekend that both were close into the third period, then slipped away.
On Friday night in Lindsay the Muskies got off to a great start when Joey Vocino scored early, but Austin Brown came right back to haunt his former Fish mates with a goal that would tie things up.  Lindsay’s Logan DeNoble would restore the Muskie lead before the intermission. 
In the second the special teams took over.  North York tied the game at 2-2 with a short handed goal, but Jack Scanlan would net a power play marker on the same penalty to restore the Muskie lead.  DeNoble would then score shorthanded for Lindsay to put them up by a 4-2 count.  At that point though for the remainder of the second period the visiting Rangers took over scoring every way you can.  They scored at even strength, then on the power play, and ended the period with another short handed goal to put them up 5-4 heading into the third.
In the third the game was not decided until the last two minutes.  North York scored with 1:52 left to go up by two, then scored an empty netter to seal the deal.
On Saturday night in Stouffville the Fish were on the wrong end of a 7-3 count.  The home side scored first, but Logan DeNoble, and Austin Eastman would get the next two to give the Fish the lead.  Before the period would end though the Spirit had knotted things up at 2-2.
The Spirit got the only two goals of the second period meaning Lindsay would start the third down by a pair.
In the third Lindsay got the start they needed when Keegan Cairns scored to put Lindsay within one, but a Stouffville outburst of three goals in just over five minutes put this one away.
The Muskies head into the Christmas break with a record of 10 wins, 21 losses, 1 tie, and 4 overtime losses.
The next action for Lindsay is Friday January 2nd when they host Pickering.

Muskies Shuffle Home From Buffalo After 4-1 Defeat

The Lindsay Muskies headed south of the border on Sunday to take on the Buffalo Junior Sabres, but the trip home was sure to be a long one after a 4-1 defeat.


The Jr Sabres were first to get on the board when Daniel Lafontaine was able to beat Muskie net minder Brett Chandler at 3:37. The assists went to Brenden Dunning, and Zach Evancho. The Muskies were then forced to kill off a Buffalo penalty before heading to a power play of their own. With the man advantage the Muskies were able to draw even when the teams leading goal scorer Logan DeNoble score from Austin Eastman, and Brandon Washer at 11:34. Before the period ended though the Sabres power play would regain their lead at 18:52 when Tim Kielich scored from Justin Cmunt, and Josh Gabriel.


At 13:02 of the second Ryan Kuhn gave Buffalo a 3-1 lead when he put one through the legs of Christopher Berger, and Bray Crowder. That was the only goal of the second.


The Muskies fans were looking for a big push from the Fish in the third but it just wasn't there as the Junior Sabres out shot Lindsay by a 13-4 count. Buffalo got the only goal of the period when Tim Nicksic put the game away with :59 seconds left. The goal was unassisted.


The Muskies are off now until Friday when they host North York.


Muskie Fans Raise $2500 For Cancer Research

The Lindsay Muskies and their fans raised $2500 for cancer research at their Pink in the Rink game on November 30th. On hand was Milt Battersby of the Canadian Cancer Society to receive the cheque from Lindsay Muskies assistant General Manager John Buchannan. The presentation took place on Friday Dec 12 2014.

Muskies Continue Improved Play and Take a Point In 5-4 Overtime Loss To Trenton

The Lindsay Muskies took the high flying Trenton Golden Hawks to overtime Friday night before falling by a score of 5-4 in an entertaining match that they will be happy to take away a point from.


Before the game got underway Lindsay Muskies Assistant General Manager John Buchannan presented Milton Battersby from the Canadian Cancer Society with a cheque for $2500 raised at the Muskies Pink in the Rink game at the end of November.


The first period was an exciting back and forth affair. The Trenton squad enjoyed the first power play but the Muskie penalty killers held them at bay. The Muskies opened the scoring at 14:30 when Joey Vocino scored from Kris DiClemente, and Mat Lewis. At 15:58 though the Trenton power play clicked when Zach de Concilys scored from Blayne Oliver, and Brady Wiffen.


The even play continued in the second but it was Trenton that scored first when Aidan Parrker netted one at 3:58 from former Muskie Tyler Donaldson, and Andrew Pizzo. The Fish evened things at 2-2 though when Matt Marchese scored from Vocino, and Lewis at 11:12. Moments later Lindsay grabbed a 3-2 lead on a goal from John MacDonald. That goal was assisted by Brandon Washer, and Matt Tustin.


The start of the third saw Trenton Head Coach Jerome Dupont make a change in goal bringing in Justin Kapelmaker but he didn't like the welcome he got when Logan DeNoble scored at 1:15 from Jack Scanlan to make it 4-2. It didn't take Trenton long to get things back in gear though. Danny Liscio scored at 1:34 from Andrew Pizzo, then Aidan Parker tied the game at 4-4 at 6:11 from Brodie Butt, and Kevin Lavoie. Things went right down to the wire with Trenton getting a power play opportunity late in the game and only a huge Boyd DiClemente pad save save preserved the tie. Lindsay finished the third on a power play but were unable to convert sending the game to overtime.


There's a reason why Trenton have 23 wins on the season, they don't miss many chances and they didn't on this night either. The Muskies buzzed around the Golden Hawk goal but could not put one in. The Hawks came down the ice and made no mistake with Hunter Fargey scoring the winner from de Concilys at the 1:17 mark.


When asked about his teams improved play of late Dan West said it was hard to say exactly what has changed. “We've been playing hard, we've battled hard”. When asked about the recent trades he said sometimes trades seem to snap guys to attention. He also said the team has some momentum now. “There's good momentum, and bad momentum. We had the bad through November”.


The Muskies now look toward a long day on Sunday as they board the bus at 9:00 am to play a 4 pm game in Buffalo, then head back to Lindsay.

Muskies Take Two of Three With Comeback Win Over Pickering

The Lindsay Muskies got strong goaltending from Boyd DiClemente and timely scoring from the defence in a come from behind 3-1 win in Pickering on Sunday night.
The first period was a scoreless duel between Pickering net minder Austin Washkurak, and Lindsay’s Boyd DiClemente and the shots were a fairly even 8-7 in favour of the Panthers. 
In the second however the home side began to take over, outshooting the Muskies by a count of 11-5, and getting the games first goal, a power play marker from Daniel Butchart at 16:26 from Doug Carter, and Mitch Emerson.
In the third the Muskies began to try to scrape their way back into the match, and they were rewarded with a power play goal from the Captain Mike Spataro from Joey Vocino, and Matt Marchese at 6:32.  Play was fairly even throughout the middle of the period, but Lindsay were able to grab the lead when Brandon Washer scored with 3:01 left from Marchese, and Brock Spear.  Pickering began to put on the pressure, pulling the goaltender, and then calling a timeout to keep fresh troops on the ice.  The Muskies however would put this one away when, for the second time this weekend Jack Scanlan would score an empty netter at 19:02.
The win moves the Muskies record to 10 wins, 18 losses, 1 tie, and 3 overtime losses.
After three games in three nights the Muskies now will enjoy a week off before facing the always tough Trenton Golden Hawks at home on Friday night.

Muskies Fall Back Into The Loss Column in Stouffville

The Lindsay Muskies returned to the loss column Saturday night dropping a 4-2 decision to the Stouffville Spirit Saturday night in Stouffville.
The home side got on the board first with an early power paly goal from Michael Giacometti goal at 2:58, but Stuart Fierheller evened things up at 5:31 on a goal set up by Joey Vocino.  Before the period ended though the Spirit regained their lead on a shorthanded goal by Joseph Deveny at 10:23.
Stouffville fans enjoyed the Chad Burrows show in the second as he netted a pair to give his team a commanding 4-1 lead.  The first came at 2:48, then his second was scored at 16:35. 
In the third a James Allen power play goal at 10:10 set up by Vocino gave the Muskies some hope, but that is as close as they would get on this night.
Brett Chandler took the loss in goal in a game which dropped the Muskies record to 9 wins, 18 losses, 1 tie, and 3 overtime losses.
The Fish are right back at it in a Sunday evening game in Pickering where they’ll look to avenge a recent loss to the Panthers.

Muskies Snap Losing Skid

With a long slump during the month of November, the Lindsay Muskies were looking to turn that backwards momentum around against the Newmarket Hurricanes on Friday, December 5, 2014.

Newmarket took the first penalty less than 30 seconds in, which Lindsay was unable to capitalize on and then it was Lindsay's turn for the penalty kill, which they were successful at doing. The 'Canes Marty Lawlor took a 4 minute spearing penalty at 8:19 but unfortunately Newmarket used their penalty killing skills to ensure that Lindsay did not score. The opening salvo in the scoring battle was scored by Newmarket's Ryan McReynolds from Jonathon Colley at 13:14. Although Lindsay had several good scoring chances, they went into the first intermission down by one goal.

Lindsay's first goal came at the 4:34 mark of the second period, scored by newcomer Matt Tustin with assists by Cole Langfield and Brock Spear. Then, two rapid fire, power play goals (courtesy of a four minute penalty to Newmarket's Mr. Nicoll who took two for interference and two for an unsportsmanlike conduct) by the Muskies put the score at 3-1. The first was at 11:39 and was scored by Brandon Washer from Logan DeNoble and Austin Eastman and the second was fired in a mere seventeen seconds later by Mr. Eastman from Mr. DeNoble and Jack Scanlan. Newmarket brought the gap down to one by scoring at 14:42 on a goal from Justin Wain from Christian Dedonato and Anthony Salemi. The Muskies were able to answer back shortly with Mat Lewis' first goal of the game with assists from Kris DiClemente and another newcomer, Cam Stajer at the 15:58 mark of the second period. At this time, the Hurricanes coach decided to change goalies, subbing in Connor Ryckman for Tyler Richardson. The number of penalties in the second period was hard to keep up with and several fans expressed that some of the penalties seemed rather questionable.

The third period saw Newmarket score at 1:57 to make the score 4-3 with a goal from Marty Lawlor, assisted by Curtis Harvey. Another shot found the back of the net at 11:14, a power play goal from Cameron Nicoll with a helping hand from Brett Thomson and Nick Boddy which tied the game up at an even 4-4. Lindsay was then on the power play themselves when Mat Lewis scored his second of the game, assisted by Kris DiClemente and Logan DeNoble. Lindsay had to kill yet another penalty staring at 16:25 but were successful in doing so. The icing on the cake came at 19:13 when Jack Scanlan, helped by Logan DeNoble, scored the empty net goal to bring the final score to 6-4 for the Lindsay Muskies, allowing Brett Chandler to get his second win as a Muskie.

After the game, coach Dan West commented that it felt “really good” to win this one and attributed the win to working hard, executing the things they wanted to execute and fighting adversity with the amount of penalty killing that they team found themselves against. The Muskies play next tomorrow in Stouffville at 7:30pm and again on Sunday against Pickering at 6:30pm. Their next home game is next Friday against the Trenton Goldenhawks. 

Muskies Make Moves

The Lindsay Muskies have been busy making some moves over the last week. First off we'd like to wish all the best to two fine young men who are moving on. Connor Annett was a first year player with the team that we all would like to wish all the best to. Also Austin Brown has been dealt to the North York Rangers. Each player was not only fun to watch, but are terrific young men off the ice as I have learned through participating in off ice events throughout the season.


Joining the team are two younger players. Cameron Stajer, an 18 year old 6'2” forward who is coming in from North York. Cam is a first year player in the league who has 4 assists in 18 games with the Rangers.


Matt Tustin is a 5'9” forward who is coming over from Stoufville. Matt is also an 18 year old who is in his first season in the OJHL, and he has 1 goal, and 2 assists in 21 games this season.


Muskies Drop Emotional Game in Double Overtime

The Lindsay Muskies held their Pink in the Rink match on Sunday, and although they did not get the result they wanted on the ice, a 4-3 double overtime loss, the big winner was the Canadian Cancer Society.


There was a terrific crowd on hand to take in the game, and they were brought to their feet at 7:39 when Brandon Washer scored on the power play from Austin Eastman, and Logan DeNoble. In what was an evenly played period though the visitors battled back to tie the match at 11:03 when Chris Cobham, scored from Jordan Anderson, and Adam Burnett.


In the second the Muskies found themselves in some penalty trouble, and it cost them. While down two men Johnathan Schaeffer was able to slap one past a screened Brett Chandler from Ryan Taylor, and Anderson at 12:46. Just before the last Muskie penalty ended though, DeNoble was sent in alone by Mike Spataro and he was able to deke his way past Cosimo Lazzarino in the Milton goal to knot things up at two goals apiece. There was no more scoring to round out the period but Lindsay was assessed a penalty at the 20:00 minute mark ensuring that Milto would start the third with a golden opportunity.


The Muskies were able to kill that penalty off, but at 6:35 Mitch Rooney put the Ice Hawks up again with a goal from Colt Jaime, and Lucas Martellacci. In this emotional roller coaster the Fish fought back again and Keegan Cairns tied the game at 14:07 with the assists going to Brandon Washer, and Matt Marchese.


The first overtime brought good chances at both ends, but inevitably no goals.


The three on three overtime provided more drama. First off Brett Chandler was outstanding making a pair of point blank stops that brought the crowd to its feet. To particular plays though raised the ire of Head Coach Dan West, although only one incident was apparent to the crowd. Logan DeNoble was sent in on a breakaway and took an awful lot of hacking and slashing on his way in that the crowd was sure would result in a penalty, if not a penalty shot, but the whistles were in the pockets by that point. The next was an altercation in front of the Muskie bench where referee Steve Gallagher engaged in a back and forth that fans could not hear, but had West fuming. Shortly thereafter at 3:02 of the second overtime Adam Burnett scored from Sean Perichak to give Milton the victory. As he headed across the ice West was trying to get the attention of Gallagher telling him he needed to act more like an adult.


Directly after the game the players had a free public skate with fans that was very well received, and enjoyed by dozens who took part.


Afterward I had a chance to speak with West about the incident in front of the bench. “The ref was taking verbal shots at our players”, he said referring to Gallagher. A hit was laid on Muskie defenceman Brandon Washer that he questioned as he was getting up. “Suck it up”, was Gallagher's response. “If you can't take a hit why are you playing here”, he continued. “There's no place for an official to behave like that, and I will be reporting it to the league”, West concluded.


The Muskies are off now till Friday when they face the Newmarket Hurricanes.

Lindsay Muskies at the Jolly Jog in Lindsay

Helping to raise money for the food bank, and the Santa Claus Stocking Fund

Free " Pink in the rink" Skate with the Muskies

We are excited to announce we will be hosting our 2nd free skate with the Muskies on Sunday, November, 30th from approximately 4-5pm.


All minor hockey teams are invited to our game against Milton at 1:30. Wear your minor hockey jersey and skate with the Muskies, get your photo taken with 1 of the players and receive autographs. "Skate with the Muskies" will take place following the game - approximately 4-5. This is also our "Pink in the rink" game. We will be wearing custom designed Pink Muskies jerseys in this game. These jerseys are available to bid on during our silent auction among other various items. All proceeds will go to the Canadian Cancer Society.


Minor hockey organizations who are looking for further details should contact the Muskies office at 705-324-1010.

Lindsay Muskies on CHEX Newswatch

Lindsay Muskies being interviewed by Jesse Thomas for CHEX Newsawtch. Interview to air tonight at 5:30.

Panthers Get Past Muskies

The Pickering Panthers came to Lindsay on Friday night, and in the end the Panther goaltender Austin Washkurak earned a shutout in a 4-0 win.


The two teams came into the game each looking to put an end to losing streaks. The Panthers carried the play in the early going but were held off the board by Boyd DiClemente and the Muskies. Pickering did get the first power play of the game though, and they made it count at 11:50 when Cam Palmer was able to poke one in off a goal mouth scramble. The assists went to Lucas Condotta, and Riley Devine. The Muskies did go on a power play shortly thereafter but the best chance came on a Pickering breakaway that just slid wide. The Muskies did get things going toward the end of the frame but were unable to beat Austin Washkurak in the Panthers goal.


The second could not have started worse for the Fish. Mark Tenuta scored a short handed goal from Matteo Condotta just :30 seconds in. Then at 6:21 a puck was jammed in by Chris Sekelyk from Dalton Lawrence, and Doug Carter. Then at 7:35 a turn over in the Lindsay end lead to an unassisted goal for Tenuta to make it 4-0. The Muskies actually carried the play for the remainder of the period, and thought they were on the board midway through the period but the goal was waved off as there a hand pass deemed to have been made before the puck went in. The Muskies continued to come at Washkurak but when the second ended he was still sporting a shutout.


The Muskies again held a territorial advantage throughout the third, partly due to a number of late penalties that the Panthers took, but a Connor Annett shot off the goal post with :12 seconds remaining was as close as the Fish would come to breaking Washkurak's shutout.


After the game I asked Head Coach Dan West about players moods saying that I see them weekly at different events throughout the community, including one earlier that afternoon and they never seem down on their luck, but West assured me that there is some frustration setting in.


“Sometimes we're trying too hard to fight through things, trying to do too much, or gripping the stick a little tight, but sometimes we're just not working hard enough.”


There is no rest for the team at all. Saturday night they are in Aurora, where the Tigers have been ripping up the league of late, then it's home to face Milton in the Pink in the Rink game Sunday afternoon.

Pink in the Rink Promo Video

We made a video to promote the upcoming Pink in the Rink game November 30th.  The players did a great job in sharing some personal, and emotional stories.  Click the following link to view the video.  



Muskies Drop a 5-2 Decision in Georgetown

The Muskies fought back from one goal deficits twice against one of the leagues toughest teams but a third period let down was the teams undoing in a 5-2 loss.
Goergetown struck first when Steve Hladin beat Brett Chandler at the 9:30 mark of the first.  Lindsay’s power play evened the match up at 11:56 when Jack Scanlan scored from Logan DeNoble, and Kris DiClemente.
In the second period the Raiders went up by one again when Richard Court scored at 8:30, but once again Lindsay’s power play tied the match when Brandon Washer scored from Owen Barnett, and Jack Scanlan.
In the third period though a Lindsay power play went wrong and it ultimately yielded the short handed goal that would prove to be the winner.  Brendan Jacome scored the goal at 9:35.  Any hopes the Muskies had of coming back on this night were dashed by two goals just :13 seconds apart.  Zack Dybowski scored at 14:36, followed by another score by Jack Dickinson at 14:49.
The loss drops the Muskies record to 8 wins, 15 losses, 1 tie, and 2 overtime losses.
Next weekend will be a big one for the team.  On Friday night they host the Pickering Panthers who have fallen on hard times despite a strong start to the season, then they are off to Aurora on Saturday night to face a very tough Tigers team.  Sunday afternoon the team returns home to host the Milton Ice Hawks at 1:30 pm in the big Pink in the Rink game.  That particular match will feature a silent auction for game worn pink jerseys, and will be sponsored by Ward’s Lawyers, Canadian Tire, BOB FM, and Boston Pizza.  There will also be a free skate with the Muskies after the game.  All proceeds from the game will go to the Canadian Cancer Society. 

Muskies Fight Their way Back In Third, But Fall One Goal Short Against Jr. Canadiens

For the second straight Friday night the Muskies battled back late in the game, only to have their hopes dashed when Toronto scored with just over two minutes remaining to escape with a 3-2 win.


The Muskies did not get the start they were hoping for when Toronto's Ryan MacSpadyen was able to squeeze one past Boyd DiClemente's pad just 4:54 in. The helpers went to Anthony Trujillo, and Kennedy Duguid. Play was fairly even for a few moments but when Nicholas Jarzabeck put a wrist shot in at 11:26 that prompted Muskies Head Coach Dan West to make a goal tending change bringing Brett Chandler in. The second goal was assisted by Adam DeLuca, and Luca Farrace. Logan DeNoble was able to beat Toronto goalie Nathan Colitto, but not the crossbar in the final minute of the period.


The Muskies came out stronger in the second but Colitto had all the answers making a number of sharp stops. The first penalty of the game did not come till the midway point of the second but the Muskies were not able to convert the opportunity. When the buzzer sounded to end the second the score remained 2-0 for Toronto.


The Muskies kept coming at the Junior Canadiens as the third wore on and eventually it was Brandon Washer that got them on the board at 11:42 from Matt Lewis, and James Allen. Matt Marchese brought the home crowd to their feet when he tied the match at 15:34 from Joey Vocino, and Austin Brown. The hockey Gods have noot been kind to the Fish of late though and tonight was no different. Toronto really only got one good chance in the third and they made the most of it when Juustin Maiolino scored at 17:48 from Duguid, and Anthony Repaci. The Muskies continued to throw pressure at Colitto as the seconds ticked down, but eventually time just ran out.


After the game West was happy with his teams effort for the most part. “There are signs of getting better, but we just keep losing key battles at key times”. Case in point was the third period goal that put Toronto up for good just after the Muskies were unable to clear the puck after getting it to the blue line, but not out.


The Muskies won't have long to think about the loss as they get on the bus Saturday for a date with the Georgetown Raiders.

Muskies Fight Their Way Back Into Game With Stouffville, But Lose In Overtime

The Stouffville Spirit made their first trip to the Fish Pond Friday night to take the Muskies and although the Muskies fought back hard in the third period, they eventually fell in double overtime by a score of 4-3.


A number of teams had lost players to the Central Canada Cup this weekend, and the Muskies were no exception having regulars Logan DeNoble, Austin Eastman, and Austin Brown out of the lineup so they could participate in the tournament being held in Toronto. Head Coach Dan West was also involved as an assistant coach in the tournament. The absences meant Justin Woolacott, and Jon Smith would take over the coaching duties, and Cedric Ralph, Jeff Hawthorne, and Dan Harris would draw into the lineup for the Muskies. The Spirit too were without three of their top players.


Play in the early going was fairly even, with maybe Stouffville holding a slight edge but Boyd DiClemente made a couple of big saves when he had to. He was not able to get the pads squeezed together fast enough though at 12:09 when Chad Burrows converted a cross ice pass from James Mense-Dietrich to put the visitors up by one. The other assist went to Brodie Tutton. The Muskies did bounce back well, and hit a couple of posts, but there was no more scoring in the frame.


There were no penalties in the first, and very few in the second as well, but one of them did bite the Muskies as Spencer Roberts made it 2-0 at 16:34 while Lindsay was serving a two minute bench minor for too many men on the ice. The goal was assisted by Colton Sansom, and Nathan Hudgin.


Early in the third DiClemente made a pair of saves that kept his team in the came, and that would be huge as the period wore on. The Fish cut the deficit in half at 12:06 of the third when Joey Vocino tucked one behind Aaron Taylor on the power play from Keegan Cairns, and Jack Scanlan. They were able to draw even at 15:35 when Brandon Washer found the back of the net from Scanlan, and James Allen. The joy was short lived as Tutton restored the Stouffville lead with 3:37 left from Hudgin, but the Fish fought back again and Matt Lewis scored at 18:25 from Washer, and Allen to send the game to overtime.


The Muskies began the first overtime with a man advantage, and although they generated chances they were unable to bury one. DiClemente made a big save with :41 seconds left, and after the buzzer sounded it was off to the 3 on 3 overtime.


Both DiClemente and Taylor made good stops in the 3 on 3 but with :44 seconds on the clock Tutton's second of the game came off a goalmouth scramble that sealed the deal. The goal was assisted by Joseph Deveny, and Michael Giacometti.


After the game assistant coach Jon Smith shook his head and stated if it weren't for bad luck, we'd have no luck at all. “We have to capitalize on our opportunities.”


Justin Woolacott added, “We didn't quit”. When asked about the mood of the team having fought back well tonight, but ultimately losing a sixth straight he said the guys are proud of their effort tonight.


Both coaches were happy with the play of Ralph, Hawthorne, and Harris as fill in AP's.


The next game for Lindsay is one week from tonight when the Toronto Jr. Canadians come to town.

Cougars Claw Their Way Past Muskies

The Lindsay Muskies took their show on the road to the Cobourg Community Center on Monday night. In what was actually a pretty entertaining game, the Muskies were not able to put one past Stefano Durante in the Cobourg goal as the Cougars scored once in each period en route to a 3-0 victory.


The Muskies started things off the hard way taking two consecutive penalties to open the match but Boyd DiClemente and the rest of the Muskie penalty killers did the job. After the penalties ended the Muskies were able to get their game on track and held a territorial advantage for a while, even gaining an edge in shots midway through the first. It was Cobourg that were able to open the scoring though when Ryan Taylor was able to get in alone down low and step around the Lindsay netminder and slide the puck home at 13:50. The assists went to Liam Grande, and Spencer Holt. There was no more scoring to end the period.


In the second period the Muskies continued to run into penalty trouble, although not all of them maybe that deserved. Early in the period the Muskies appeared like they were going to continue to keep the Cobourg power play at bay but just before the two minutes were up Connor Hogg fired a centering pass that glanced off the skate of a Muskie defender in front and past a helpless DiClemente. The goal came at 4:22 and was assisted Mitchell Gibson, and Ryan O'Grady. Late in the period Cobourg goaltender Stefano Durante made a bid for an Oscar nomination embellishing a play where he came out of the goal to play the puck, he was grazed by Muskie forward James Allen yet somehow managed to fly through the air in the other direction. The ref bought it though, and Cobourg were off to their fifth straight power play. There was no more scoring though and the Cougars were up 2-0 when the period ended.


The Muskies enjoyed the first power play of the third and although they enjoyed some good puck possession they were not able to break through on the scoreboard. Midway through the frame Keegan Cairns and Rylee McKinnon engaged in a lengthy dance at center ice that brought both teams to their feet. It was the Cougars who scored the all important next goal of the game when Gibson broke in at 10:00. The assists went to Dawson Theede, and Jacob Friend.


The next game for the Muskies is Friday night when they host the Stouffville Spirit.

Friendship Reading Day at Alexandra Public School

Brandon Washer, Keegan Cairns, Connor Annett, Stuart Fierheller, and Mike Spataro all gathered at Alexandra Public School today to make new friends and read to the kids.

Muskies Come Up One Goal Short Against Oakville

The Oakville Blades made the trek to Lindsay Friday night to take on the Fish. The game was an entertaining affair that was close throughout, but in the end it was the visitors who skated away with a 5-4 victory.

The Muskies came out of the gate looking to exorcise the demons of Thursday night's loss, and they got off to a good start when Brock Spear sent Connor Annett in alone on Oakville goalie Daniel Mannella at 2:59. Annett put the puck high over Mannella's glove to put the Fish up by one. At 14:26 the Muskies looked poised to increase their lead on a power play but it was Oakville's Ryan Burns who lit the lamp with a shorty. The assist went to Jackson Bales. The Oakville penalty killers struck again at 19:17 when they scored their second shorthanded goal, this one coming from Ryan Garvey from Josh Kosak.

The second period was a more evenly played period, although still a little sloppy at times for both sides. The Blades took advantage of a Muskie turnover at 11:01 allowing Matthew McLeod the chance to break in alone and beat Brett Chaandler. Things began to look worse for the Muskies shortly thereafter when they found themselves down a man again, but this time it was Lindsay's turn for a shorthanded marker when Logan DeNoble converted an Austin Eastman pass at 14:36 to bring the Fish back within one. The Muskies ended the period on a power play that would continue in the third.

The Muskies did not score on that power play, but just after it ended Matt Marchese scored then looked skyward as if the weight of the world had just fallen off his shoulders. The goal came at 2:59 and was assisted by Brandon Washer, and Logan DeNoble. At 6:30 though Oakville regained their lead when Matt Lippa scored from Christian Rajic, and Max Lindsay. The Fish continued to battle and at 11:22 Mike Spataro scored from the blue line from Keegan Cairns, and Joey Vocino to tie the game at 4-4. The see saw ride continued and at 13:47 Oakville found themselves back on top when Rajic scored from Kosak.

After the game the mood was quiet in the Coaches office. The assistant coaches spoke of the team making little mistakes, a notion that Head Coach Dan West echoed later. “For the most part the work ethic is there, but we have some players losing a bit of focus, and making costly mistakes.”


The next match for the Muskies doesn't get any easier as they head to the Cougar's Den in Cobourg on Monday night.

Muskies Gain a Point, But Drop a Wild One in Kingston

The Lindsay Muskies were in Kingston Thursday night to take on the Vees at the Invista Center.  In an incredible finish the home side prevailed with a 7-6 overtime win.
The Vees came into the game on a four game winning streak, while the Muskies had dropped their last two.
The teams played a fairly even first period.  Boyd DiClemente, and Matt Penta matched one another save for save in the early going.  Midway through the frame Brock Spear, and Adam Moody threw down the mitts and were each given five, and a game for their troubles.  Spencer Green opened the scoring at 18:51 when he took a nice feed from Adam Brady.  Alex Tonge also picked up an assisit on the play.  That was the only goal of the period.
The Muskies were able to draw even 5:22 into the second period when Captain Mike Spataro scored from Keegan Cairns, and Austin Eastman.  Less than two minutes later Spataro got on the score sheet again but this time it was with an assist as he and John MacDonald set up Connor Annett at 7:06 giving the Muskies a 2-1 lead.  The Muskie outburst continued at 9:35 when Logan DeNoble scored from Eastman, and Cairns.  The Muskies were able to kill off the first power play of the game late in the period, but Kingston did draw back within one at 19:03 when Ryan Watson redirected a Spencer Green shot past DiClemente.  The other assist went Zachary Emelifeonwu.
The Fish got just what the doctor ordered early in the third when Eastman restored the two goal lead just 1:37 in with the assist going to Cairns.  Midway through the third Lindsay got their first power play and they made it count when Brandon Washer made it 5-2 at 10:29.  The helpers on that one went to Owen Barnett, and DeNoble.  Just under one minute later Matt Lewis made it 6-2 from James Allen.  Shortly after that the Muskies found themselves in some penalty trouble leading to a short two man advantage for Kingston.  While the Fish killed the two man portion of the power play they did not escape entirely as Alex Tonge made it 6-3 while the Vees were still up by a single man.  That goal came at 13:50 and the assists went to Adam Brady, and Blake O’Neill.  With over four minutes left the Kingston coach decided to pull the goaltender in an attempt to get back in.  And it worked.  The Muskies took a penalty off a scrum that saw them down two with Kingston’s goalie out.  Brady made it 6-4 from Tonge at 17:45.  As the goal was scored the Muskies took another penalty.  Tonge made it 6-5 at 19:02 from Joey Rutkowski, and Brady.  Then the Muskies iced the puck setting up a faceoff with :09 seconds left.  The tying goal from Brady incredibly came with no time left on the clock, and though the Muskies argued their case, the game was somehow tied and we were off to overtime.
Overtime did not last long.  Brady ended a wild Kingston comeback just :54 seconds in from Tonge sending the home crowd into a frenzy, and the Muskies to the dressing room
The loss drops Lindsay’s record to 8 wins, 11 losses, 1 tie, and 1 overtime loss.
Lindsay’s next game is Friday night at home to Oakville.

Muskies Face The Fury Of Whitby

The Lindsay Muskies were in action Sunday afternoon when they travelled to Whitby to face the Fury. When the dust had settled it was Whitby's Tyler Feaver who had recorded the shutout as the Muskies went down by a score of 4-0.


The game promised to be an emotional one for some of the participants. Lindsay's Boyd DiClemente, Troy Oakley, and Jack Scanlan were formerly members of the Fury, while Stefan von Engelbrechten was a favourite in Lindsay before being dealt to Whitby.


The first period saw the Fury hold a good territorial advantage on the Muskies at times, but there were no goals. The official shot total announced at the end of the period though was a very close 10-9 in favour in Whitby.


Perhaps Whitby's Mitchell Burghardt, and Lindsay's Mackenzie Heber have a deep seeded hatred for one another, or maybe they just wanted to breathe some life into a quiet Iroquois Sports Park, but either way they dropped the mitts five minutes into the second for a short but, spirited tilt. The teams traded power plays throughout the period. The first goal of the game came on a shortened Whitby man advantage when von Engelbrecten was able to lift one past his former goaltender at 17:36 from Henry Thompson. Exactly two minutes later Ryan Kirkup was able to jam one in from the side of the goal with the only assist going to Mitch Emerson.


The third did not start the way the Fish would have liked. They were sent to the penalty box and Whitby capitalized when Scott Kirton ripped a slapshot over DiClemente's blocker at 3:55. The goal was assisted by Zach Viminitz. The Muskies best chance to get back into the game may have come eleven minutes into the third when Austin Eastman broke in alone but Tyler Feaver made possibly his biggest stop of the game at that point. The Muskies then ran into some more penalty trouble and wound up down two men for 1:26 and Whitby made them pay at 12:36 when Kirkup nothched his second of the afternoon finishing off a nice passing play from Davis Duksis, and Jeremy Wu. Toward the end of the game Troy Oakley took a five minute penalty for cross checking which pretty much sealed the shutout for Feaver.


The week does not get any easier for the Muskies as their next stop is in Kingston on Thursday night before returning home to host Oakville on Friday night.

Muskies Get Buzzed On Hallowe'en

The St. Mikes Buzzers rolled into Lindsay on Halloween night, and they were full of tricks, not treats as they defeated the Muskies by a score of 4-2.


The first period was fairly evenly played. The Muskies may have had a slight edge when the teams were 5 on 5, but the first goal came at 13:10 with St. Mikes on a powerplay. It was Scott Tesky who beat Brett Chandler in the Lindsay goal from Luca Doctor, and Matt Pepler. Toward the end of the period the Buzzers got into some penalty trouble and the Muskies were able to get one past George Agriopoulos to knot the game at one. The goal was by Joey Vocino from Stuart Fierheller,, and Logan DeNoble and was scored at 18:50.


You make your own breaks they say and the Buzzers certainly caught one at 6:05 of the second. Ashur Elliot had the puck behind the Muskies goal, and whether it was on purpose or not, he flipped the puck over the goal, it hit Chandler in the numbers, and rolled into the goal. The lone assist on the go ahead goal went to Joseph Berton. From that point the Muskies play got a little sloppy as a number of giveaways occurred giving St. Mikes some good chances but Chandler held his own. Chandlers biggest stop came when he stood up nicely to block a shot on as two Buzzers broke in alone with nary a Muskie in sight.


The Buzzers very nearly went up by two early in the third on a power play but a goalpost denied them. The Muskies dodged that bullet and were able to draw even again on a power play of their own when Austin Eastman roofed one from in close. The assist went to Keegan Cairns. It wasn't long though till the Buzzers regained their lead though when Tesky was given a ton of space to walk around Chandler from in close. The time of that goal was 12:27. In the end it was another turnover in the Muskies end that sealed the deal when Elliot scored at 18:42 from Thomas Beretta and Berton.


“Chandler gave us a chance to win tonight but we lost our focus”, said Head Coach Dan west after the game. “When a team like St. Mikes gets a chance to lock down a win like that they're not going to let it go.”


The next action for the Muskies is Sunday afternoon at 2 pm when they travel to Whitby.

Chandler Picks Up His First Win In 5-3 Victory Over Newmarket

Brett Chandler had a ton of family support in the crowd Sunday afternoon in Lindsay as he picked his first win at the Jr. A level in a Lindsay Muskies 5-3 win over the Newmarket Hurricanes. 
The win helped Lindsay salvage two points out of a three game weekend which saw them drop games to Wellington, and Aurora.
The Muskies struck first when James Allen beat Connor Ryckman in the Newmarket goal at the 8:00 mark of the first from Brandon Washer and Matt Lewis.  The goal was the 4th of the year for Allen.
In the second period the Muskies power play struck when Washer went high for his 3rd of the year from Logan DeNoble, and Keegan Cairns to make it 2-0 at 8:06, and 48 seconds later it was Brock Spear’s 3rd that made it 3-0 from Troy Oakley.  The Hurricanes, supported by a large group of fans from Newmarket got on the board on a power play of their own at 16:25 when Jonathan Colley scored from Sam Hu.  With only 5 ticks left on the clock in the middle frame Newmarket spark plug Sam Hu got the visitiors within one on a goal assisted by Anthony Salemi, and Christian Dedenato.
The Muskies started off the third on the power play, but it was the Hurricanes penalty killing combination of Jonathan Colley, and Taylor Joseph who lit the lamp to tie the game up at 3-3 just 1:43 in.  The Muskies kept fighting though and at 5:22 Troy Oakley scored his 1st of the year from Brock Spear, and John MacDonald to put Lindsay back on top.  It was nail biting time for the Muskie fans as the dying seconds ticked down.  Newmarket were applying pressure with the extra attacker on the ice when Chandler made a fine glove save to preserve the lead.  Jack Scanlan added his 5th of the year into the empty net from Austin Eastman, and Logan Denoble to round out the scoring.
The win puts the Muskies just one game shy of the :500 mark at 8 wins, 9 losses, and 1 tie, vaults them past the Hurricanes into a 3rd place tie with the Stouffville Spirit in the North Division.
The next game for Lindsay is Friday night when the St. Mike’s Buzzer come to Lindsay.

Tigers Take a Bite Out Of The Muskies

The Aurora Tigers ran their winning streak to 10 games straight by knocking off the Lindsay Muskies by a 6-3 score on Saturday night in Aurora.


Things did not go well for the Muskies right from the get go. Cameron Morrison put the Tigers up 1-0 just 47 seconds in, then Daniel Mantenuto made it 2-0 on a powerplay at 1:02. Lindsay's Austin Brown got his first of two at 8:10 from Joey Vocino, and Austin Eastman to close the gap, but Aurora's Drake Broad scored at 14:08 to make it 3-1.


In the second Vocino gave the Muskies some hope when he made it 3-2 from Matt Marchese, and Brown at 10:29, but the Tigers came right back just 39 seconds later when Nolan Dunn made it 4-2. A powerplay goal for Aurora with 11 seconds left in the period by Eric Williams. Pretty much sealed the deal.


In the third Keaton Ratcliffe made it 6-2 at 11:50, before Brown rounded out the scoring for Lindsay with his second of the game on the powerplay from Owen Barnett, and Austin Eastman.


The loss drops the Muskies record to 7 wins, 9 losses, and 1 tie. They get right back at it with a Sunday afternoon game at home against the Newmarket Hurricanes.

Lindsay Muskies with Boys and Girls Club

Lindsay Muskies at the Boys and Girls Club Ball Hockey Tournament

Lindsay Muskies with The Boys and Girls Club

Big Brothers Big Sisters Night at the Muskies Game

Kayla Lancaster and little brother Logan drop the puck between the Wellington Dukes and the Lindsay Muskies Friday night

Dukes hold off Muskies 3-2

The Wellington Dukes came to Lindsay on Friday night, and although the game was close throughout the Dukes out hustled their way to a 3-2 win.

The Muskies came out looking to avenge a 12-0 beat down that they suffered in the first meeting a couple of weeks back in Wellington. The game got off to a good start but just over four minutes in the hinges on the Wellington players bench was busted leading to a lengthy delay. The Muskies found themselves down a man a number of times as the period rolled along. For the most part the penalty killers did very well. Kris DiClemente blocked a number of shots, and most of the ones that got through were stopped by his brother, net minder Boyd DiClemente. Late un the period though an Andrew Coupland shot from the point was redirected in front by Marco Azzano to give the Dukes a 1-0 advantage. The other assist went to Joe McKeown and the time was 18:24. The goal seemed wake the Muskies as they came back with a stron shift that saw Logan DeNoble rip one off the post. With just seconds left in the period Taylor Welsh went post to post in the Dukes goal to make his finest save of the period.

The Muskies came out flying in the second, throwing a lot more shots at the Wellington goal, and they were rewarded when Brock Spear broke in alone and beat Welsh to tie the game at 1-1 at 2:27. The assist went to John MacDonald. Wellington thought they had regained the lead a few moments later when they put the puck in, but the goal was waived off as instead the Dukes were handed a goaltender interference penalty. DeNoble rang the post for the second time in the game but that's as close as they would come at that point. At 14:10 a turnover at the Muskie blue line proved costly when Ben Sokay scored to give Dukes the one goal lead again. The goal was assisted by Griffin McCarty, and Nick Devito. The Dukes got themselves into some uncharacteristic penalty trouble late in the period, but the best chance to score came on a Dukes shorthanded breakaway. Boyd DiClemente was able to close the door though and the period ended with no further scoring.

The Muskies did not get the start they wanted in the third. Another turn over wound up in the goal at 1:13 to put the Dukes up 3-1. The goal went to Kosik Brown, from Marco Azzano, and Justin Bean. Midway through the period Keegan Cairns was handed a tripping penalty, and had a little too much to say about it and was given another 2 minutes. Just as that penalty began Wellington's Brandon Kosik was caught kicking a Muskie player which lead to a five minute major, an early shower, and a long period of 4 on 4 hockey. At 10:50 the Muskies got back within one when Austin Brown scored an unassisted marker. Dan West called his timeout with 1:29 left in the third and decided to park his goalie on the bench at that point. With :53 seconds left Wellington were handed a penalty which set up a six on four. The Muskies threw everything but the kitchen sink at the Duke's goal but Welsh held the fort and the Dukes skated off with the win.

After the game West didn't have a lot to say. “We got outworked”, was pretty much it but it was easy to sense the disappointment. “We could have maybe tied the game at the end but we didn't deserve to win”.

The Muskies busy weekend continues Saturday night when the team heads to Aurora, the Sunday afternoon they are back at home to take on the Newmarket Hurricanes at 1:30.

Muskies at the Lindsay Crayola Sale

Connor Annett, Mackenzie Heber, Mike Spataro, Stuart Fierheller, Austin Brown, and Joey Vocino at the Lindsay Crayola Sale.

DiClemente Picks Up Shutout While Marchese Scores In Win Over Patriots

The Toronto Patriots came to Lindsay Friday night only to have the hosts show one of their gutsiest games of the season as Boyd DiClemente picked up the shutout in a huge 1-0 victory.

It was nice to see former Muskie Mat Robson got the start for the Patriots. Despite the difference in the standings between the two teams the first period was a very evenly fought affair. Each team enjoyed one power play but neither were able to capitalize. The Muskies best chance came late in the period when Joey Vocino had a clean chance from in close but the puck hopped over his stick at the last second. Toronto very nearly got one in the dying seconds when DiClemente was unable to corral the puck in a wild goal mouth scramble but the puck eventually wound up in the corner as the period ended.

The Muskies very nearly opened the scoring early in the second when Logan DeNoble beat Robson high to the glove side, but did not beat the post. A few minutes later though at 6:47 on the power play Matthew Marchese netted one against his former team to put Lindsay up 1-0. The goal was Marchese's 5th of the year and was assisted by Connor Annett. The Patriots finished the period with some good pressure, and ended the period on a power play but there was no more scoring in the frame.

The Muskies played with fire a minute and a half into the third when they found themselves down two men for 1:35 against the potent Patriot's power play but DiClemente and the penalty killers did the job to the delight of the home fans. The Muskies took two more consecutive minors. Before the start of the second penalty the Patriots coach called his 30 second timeout to refresh his troops. The Muskie penalty killers enjoyed the short break too, and again they got the job done. In the end the Patriots got their goaltender to the bench with :56 seconds left on the clock, but the Fish were able to hold on.

Head Coach Dan West was very satisfied after the match. “We asked everybody to commit to tough, grinding hockey, and they did that tonight.”

West also mentioned that the game was a big one for Matt Marchese. Tonight was the first time has faced his former team. He was the featured player in the Muskies program tonight, and he scored the only goal in the win, but more then that he was just happy for the win.

Both DiClemente brothers were all smiles after the game as well. When asked about the shutout Boyd was quick to compliment the entire team. “It was a good team effort tonight. The boys played well in front of me, and we're happy for the win”. The shutout was the second of the season for the net minder.

“The team battled hard all night”, he said. “We've had some tough times lately but tonight we fought through it”.

The win improves the teams record to an even 7 wins, 7 losses, and 1 tie. They are off until next weekend, but then they have three games in three days, starting Friday night when the Wellington Dukes come to town.

Lindsay Muskies in the Community

A big focus of the Lindsay Muskies this season is not only to continue to improve on the ice, but also be involved in lending a hand in the community.  Last Saturday 12 team members were helping the United Way by bagging groceries at Food Basics.  It was a job well done as the team helped raise $750 on Saturday alone!  The team’s involvement will continue over the next couple of weeks as well.  This Saturday, Oct 18th the team will be involved on a couple of fronts.  Some will be helping out at the ever popular Crayola Sale.  This years sale is being help from 8 am till noon at the Lindsay Fairgrounds.  Other players will be in Fenelon Falls helping the Boys and Girls Club by coaching and refereeing in a ball hockey tournament at the Fenelon Falls High School.  On Saturday Oct. 25th the boys will again be helping the Boys and Girls Club with ball hockey, but at I. E. Weldon in Lindsay this time.
Sunday Oct 26th will be a big day for the team, and fans alike.  The afternoon starts with a big North Division match up at 1:30 when the Muskies host the Newmarket Hurricanes.  Immediately after the games fans both young and old are invited to join the Muskies on the ice for a free skate and a chance to meet and get autographs from their favourite players.  A special invitation is extended to all Lindsay Minor Hockey teams.  Come on out with your jersey to represent your team.
We hope to see lots of fans out at all of the events!

Aug 9/10 Weekend Schedule

All players who have submitted an on-line questionnaire have been sent a confirmation email as well as a "report time and team colour" email. Please refer to the schedule below. 











8:45 - BLUE VS RED


















All players are responsible for their own equipment including tape. You must wear the same facial protection you wore last season including neck guard. If you have not provided us with the proper Permission To Skate document, you must submit this prior to attending.

Fruit, snacks and refreshments will be available to the players. Lunch will not be provided.

Main Camp Confirmation

Main Camp Confirmation emails have been sent to those who we have received on-line questionnaires from.


If you have completed the on-line questionnaire, but have not received an email titled "Muskies Main Camp Confirmation" from our General Manager Dan West (westy34@gmail.com), please contact him immediately and re-register by Tuesday, August, 5th.

Muskies August Main Camp Schedule

All players must complete the on-line questionnaire. Please click on "Camps" to find and submit.


Saturday, August, 9th - 9:00 - 5:00pm (schedule tbd)

Sunday, August, 10th - 9:00 - 3:00pm (schedule tbd)

Tuesday, August, 12th - 8:30 - 10:00pm

Thursday, August, 14th - 8:30 - 10:00pm

Saturday, August, 16th - 10:30 - 12:00noon

Tuesday, August, 19th - 5:30 - 7:00pm

Wednesday, August, 20th - 5:30 - 7:00pm

Thursday, August, 21st - Ex Game at Whitby - 7:30

Friday, August, 22nd - Ex Game vs Whitby - 7:30

Tuesday, August, 26th - 4:30 - 6:00pm

Wednesday, August, 27th - 4:30 - 6:00pm

Thursday, August, 28th - Ex Game at Stouffville - 7:30

Friday, August, 29th - Ex Game vs Stouffville - 7:30

Saturday, August, 30th - TEAM BUILDING - TBD

Sunday, August, 31st - TEAM BUILDING - TBD


All ice times are at the Lindsay Recreation Complex except our 2 road games.

Muskies Hosting Camp For '99 and '98 Born Players

The Lindsay Muskies will be hosting a 1 day identification/orientation camp for players born in 1998 and 1999 on Saturday, July, 5th at the Lindsay Recreation Complex. We have not commited to or signed any '98's and we will be affiliating '99's during the 2014-15 season.


This camp will be limited to 2 teams only. Each player will be on the ice for 5 hours throughout the day.


In addition to evaluating on ice performance, Muskies' staff will be speaking about the mandatory off ice commitments we require from the players in our program. (school, training, nutrition, community involvement, time management)


All of our coaching staff will be on the benches for games and on the ice for practices.


Please click on "ID Camp Registration" for additional details and to register.


Lindsay Muskies management and coaching staff feel it is immediately necessary to host an ELITE PROSPECTS CAMP.

Due to the high level of competition and high # of quality participants at our April Prospects Camp, the Lindsay Muskies will be hosting an ELITE PROSPECTS CAMP Saturday, May, 31st and Sunday, June, 1st.

Muskies management were able to secure ice time from 8:45-3:45 each day. Cost of the Elite Camp is $125. All players will receive 3 games and 1 practice during the weekend.

This will be by invitation only, but if you were attending other camps during our Propects Camp and are interested in attending our Elite Camp, you should immediately contact GM and Head Coach Dan West by email westy34@gmail.com or by phone 705-324-1010. Space will be very limited after invitations go out.

All participating players in the April camp who will be invited to the Elite Camp will be contacted by May, 1st.

Please click on "Elite Prospects Camp" for registration instructions.

2014 Prospects Camp Report

The Lindsay Muskies would like to thank all of the players and families who attended our Prospects Camp at the Lindsay Recreation Complex on the weekend.

Management and coaching staff report the camp was high tempo, tough, clean, hockey. The players battled fiercly through 4 games each over 2 days and left it all on the ice for the evaluaters to decide.

Muskies management would like to personally thank the many people attending who took time to speak to one or more of our staff members to mention the quality, professionalism and attention to detail of an extremely well organized camp.

A special "thank-you" from management goes to the ladies and gentleman at the front end during registration. In addition, as many as 12 evaluaters were reported to be watching each game in all areas of the rink; their time and commitment to the Muskies is appreciated. And perhaps the hardest working individuals of the weekend were the many trainers, dressing room attendants and rink rats; you guys are the first to arrive and the last to leave... THANKS!

The Lindsay Rec Plex staff were very accommodating and we thank you for putting up with us and our scheduling changes. Thanks to all Muskies staff for your time and commitment. You are a HUGE part of our success and make us a great family! And again, thanks to all of the players and their families for considering the Lindsay Muskies for the 14-15 season.

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