By Mac Christie, Times-Advocate Staff
PORT STANLEY – The Lucan Irish split two games last week in Jr. ‘C’ action, hammering the Goderich Sailors 9-2 at home Oct. 17 before falling 4-2 to Port Stanley Saturday night.
The Irish dominated from the beginning of the game against Goderich, with goals by Keiron Cobban, Nick Moniz (2) and Colin Nancekivell scoring for the Irish in the first to build a 4-0 lead.
In the second Goderich got one back, but Wes Huston scored for the Irish to regain the four-goal lead.
In the third Huston added another, before Goderich scored to make it 6-2. Cobban added two more and Matt Curtis also scored for Lucan to make the final 9-2.
Lucan peppered the Goderich net with 50 shots, including 20 in the first period, while Dylan Hoover made 18 saves in the win.
Irish coach Dan Mudge said such lopsided wins can be dangerous.
“You start to get in bad habits,” he explained. “It was nice to win big, but you’ve got to be careful.”
Irish fall in Port Stanley
Saturday night in Port Stanley the Irish fell 4-2, which Mudge said was a byproduct of their 9-2 win.
“That’s a drawback of a 9-2 win,” he explained. “You go into a tight game and struggle to find your scoring touch.
“We missed three or four open nets in the first period.”
After a scoreless opening frame, Port Stanley scored first, before Huston replied for Lucan on the power play.
The home side added another to make the score 3-2, but Nick Moniz replied for Lucan with 30 seconds to play in the period.
That was all Lucan would manage, as Port Stanley scored a shorthanded goal midway through the third, before icing the game with an empty net marker.
Hoover made 43 saves in the loss.
Mudge noted he was pleased with the effort, despite the outcome.
“The guys played well,” he said. “We’re developing some sort of consistency.”
He noted the team still needs to play with more discipline and avoid stupid penalties.
“I’m preaching that to the guys,” he said. “If you’re going to win in this league it’s going to be who plays the most disciplined.”
Lucan will face Thamesford at home tonight (Wednesday) at 7:45 p.m.