St. Marys Lincolns honoured their player-of-the-month for both September and October prior to last Friday night’s home game against Chatham Maroons.
Veteran Reid Oliver was selected Lincs’ best player in September after picking up five goals and six assists for 11 points in eight games. The rugged 20-year-old forward from Stratford currently leads the team in scoring with 10 goals—including seven on powerplays—and 18 points.
Defenceman Braydon Blight was chosen Lincolns’ player-of-the-month for October. A solid blue-liner, who has played well with defensive partner Kyle Flemington, Blight also chipped in offensively last month with two goals and five assists for seven points. A tough, gritty competitor, the St. Marys native and Kingston Frontenacs draft pick also has 32 penalty minutes.
The two awards were presented by Lincs’ long-time fan Shirley Boyd. She is the daughter of the late Kelly Hearn, a founding member of the team, and a sister of the late Barry Hearn, who coached the 1975-76 Lincolns to a provincial championship.
•After scoring just one goal for the second straight game, in a 3-1 loss in Sarnia last Thursday, St. Marys coach Jamie Baker had this to say:
“We have to simply the game, drive to that blue paint (in front of the opposition net), get into the dirty areas and score some hard goals, and maybe get things going in the right direction.”
Following a 4-1 home-ice loss to Chatham on Friday, Baker said the Lincs’ lack of offensive production will be addressed at practice. “We’re definitely getting the opportunities, but we have to find ways to capitalize. We’ll definitely be working on it at practice this week.”
• Lincolns will hold a brief Remembrance Day ceremony prior to this Friday night’s game against St. Thomas Stars, starting at 7:30 p.m.
• Lincs’ forward Sean Consitt sat out his third and fourth straight games this past weekend with a lower-body injury.
The Hensall native is currently second in team scoring (6-9-15), and the Lincolns dearly miss his offence right now. Consitt is also dangerous killing penalties as he has three shorthanded goals to date.
Coach Baker says the 20-year-old winger and team captain is expected back this coming weekend for the games against St. Thomas and Welland.
• Former Lincs’ left winger Mitchell Fitzmorris (2011-12) has just one goal and one assist and 16 penalty minutes in 15 games with the Ontario Hockey League’s Kingston Frontenacs.
The 17-year-old Ingersoll native spent most of last season in St. Marys.
Fitzmorris was drafted in the third round, 46th overall, in the 2011 OHL priority draft after getting 39 goals and 91 points with Elgin-Middlesex ‘AAA’ Minor Midget Chiefs.
•Clinton Radars, of the WOAA Sr. ‘AA’ Hockey League, have five former Lincolns on their 2012-13 roster.
They are: forwards Tyler Doig (Seaforth), Luke Vick (Seaforth) and Kyle Provily (London), and defencemen Mike Gillen (London) and Marcus Salo (London).
Radars had a 5-1 record prior to the start of the weekend.
• Former Lincs’ captain Dan Wildfong (1992-95) is starting his sixth consecutive season coaching in the Central Hockey League.
The Clinton native is behind the bench of Fort Worth Brahmas, a minor professional hockey team based in Fort Worth, Texas. From 2007 to 2012, the team was known as Texas Brahmas, but prior to the start of the 2012-13 season, due to a change in ownership, the team was re-named Fort Worth Brahmas, a name that the team had previously functioned under from its initial days in the WPHL until that team suspended operations following the 2005-06 season.
Brahmas play in the NYTEX Sports Centre in Richmond Hills, Texas, a suburb of Fort Worth.
• Former Lincolns’ netminder Mike Minard (1992-94) is starting his second season as goalie coach with the American Hockey League’s Portland Pirates.