Special Teams Key In Sunday's Win
Submitted By Shaun Peet
on Sunday, December 17, 2006
The Lakers scored twice on the power play, once shorthanded, and added an empty-netter en route to a 4-2 victory against Hamilton Sunday afternoon. Braden VanNynatten had another superb performance in goal, stopping 20 of 22 shots, including several big glove saves.
The offensive attack was paced by Steve Allen and Tyler Kuntz, who each had a goal and a helper in the game. Six other players had one point each, with goals going to Adam Alexander and Chett Binning, and assists going to Joel Alton, Reid Goobie, Mark Verkley, and Craig Dalrymple. The team has an interesting start to December, playing some of its best and worst hockey all season, resulting in a 2-3-1 record so far this month. The past three games, however, the team has really started to make strides in a positive direction.
This past Wednesday the boys fought hard in Aylmer against Elgin-Middlesex, but just could not get the bounces they needed and fell by a score of 3-2. That game featured a third period entirely dominated by the Lakers in every statistical category except the one that shows up on the scoreboard, even though there were many quality chances. Braden VanNynatten took the loss in goal, stopping 33 of 36 shots he faced that night.
Sunday's performance against Hamilton was not the best of the season, but it was good enough to win and represents a huge improvement from the 11-3 loss handed to the Lakers by that same team earlier this season.
The boys will look to continue to their improved play on Tuesday night when they host Brantford in Brussels. The 99er's will no doubt be looking for revenge after being dealt a 5-1 loss last weekend in Goderich.