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.