ST. THOMAS – St. Marys Lincolns ended a five-game losing skid with a 5-4 shootout victory over the home-town Stars in front of approximately 650 spectators here Sunday night at Timken Arena.
Rookie centre Mike Siddall’s second of the game, with just under eight minutes remaining in the third period, tied the score 4-4. After five minutes of scoreless overtime, Lincs out-scored Stars 2-1 in an eight-player shootout.
Calvin Penney and Reid Oliver, with the winner, scored for St. Marys, while Martin Kudla was the only St. Thomas player to beat Lincolns’ goalie Devin Golets in the shootout.
Golets stopped the final three Stars’ shooters.
Lincs’ coach Jamie Baker said he was proud of his team’s comeback effort.
“It was a tough game,” Baker reported. “In the first period, we had a couple of good chances and unfortunately didn’t capitalize on them.
“But we came out of the first tied 1-1 and it was 3-3 going into the third. Then we were down a goal, but our team showed no quit . . . we just kept battling.
“Even in some of the last few games that we lost, I thought we deserved a better outcome, and tonight we got one.”
Move ahead of Sarnia
Lincolns went into the Western Conference game three points behind sixth-place St. Thomas. The road win moves St. Marys (10-9-1) one point ahead of Sarnia Legionnaires (8-9-4) and to within two points of the Stars (10-9-3)–with two games in hand.
In another game Sunday, Chatham Maroons (16-5-2) regained first place in the West with a 5-2 victory over the visiting Leamington Flyers (16-8-1).
Following weekend action, only seven points separate the teams sitting in fourth to eighth place in the West standings.
“This conference seems to be always close, and we need to keep battling and grab points when we can,” coach Baker said.
Upcoming: Lincolns are back in WOHC action tonight (Nov. 21) in LaSalle against the fifth-place Vipers (12-8-2). Game time is 7 p.m. It’s Lincs’ third straight road game.
This weekend, St. Marys hosts the last-place Lambton Shores Predators (6-13-3) Friday at 7:30 p.m., before travelling to Strathroy Saturday for a game against the fourth-place Rockets (13-9-1). Opening face-off is 5 o’clock at West Middlesex Arena.
LINCOLNS 5 – STARS 4
(Sunday, Nov. 18 in St. Thomas)
The game: Lincolns held early 1-0, 2-1 and 3-2 leads. Stars tied it each time and then went in front (4-3) for the first time in the contest at 4:16 of the third.
Siddall’s second of the night, and fifth of the season, with 7:42 left in the third forced extra time. “He was just hard on the puck,” coach Baker said. “We got a little traffic in front of the net and Sid was able to bang in a rebound.
“Tonight, we were able to get a couple of loose pucks and get them in the back of the net. In the past few games, it seemed that the (opposing) goalie was able to keep those chances out.”
Period scores: Teams were tied 1-1 after first period and 3-3 after 40 minutes.
Goal scorers: Mike Siddall, with two, defenceman Kurtis Lavis (powerplay) and captain Sean Consitt (his eighth) scored for St. Marys in regulation time. Team scoring leader Reid Oliver chipped in three assists, giving the veteran winger 24 points to date.
Ryan Hamelin, Mike Iacocca, Ian MacDonald (powerplay) and Martin Kudla scored for St. Thomas.
Penalty picture: Both sides picked up 21 minutes in penalties, and both teams scored once with the man advantage. Two fighting majors were handed out in the third.
Shots on net: Overall, Stars out-shot the Lincolns 47-33. Devin Golets (4-5) earned the win with 43 saves, out-duelling Donald Edwards who beat the Lincs 2-1 in St. Marys on Friday, Nov. 9.
Season series: Lincolns now lead the season series 2-1. Lincs’ shootout record is now 2-0.