Lakers Robbed Of Their Fourth Win
Submitted By Shaun Peet
on Monday, January 8, 2007
Poor positioning by the on-ice officials on Sunday cost the Lakers dearly as two goals that were definitively in the net were called back. The boys would have to settle for a 1-1 tie against Hamilton despite their hard work and an incredible performance by goaltender Ian Scrimgeour.
Ian turned aside 21 of the 22 shots he faced, including a huge save mid-way through the second period on a Hamilton penalty shot. Joel Alton also had a stand-out performance on the afternoon, particularly while killing penalties.A Rough Schedule
The tie capped off a tough weekend for the Minor Midget squad, who had faced the top two teams in the East division on Friday and Saturday. Friday saw action against Cambridge at home, and despite out-playing the Hawks for a majority of the game, three third period goals by Cambridge sealed the 4-1 victory for them. On Saturday, the team headed to Waterloo and were unable to match their effort from the previous night, and were out-worked for a 9-1 loss.
Prior to this past weekend, the team faced London (first place overall) in Brussels on Tuesday night and could only manage to play one solid period en route to a 7-1 loss that night. Two of the Jr. Knight's goals that night came off of Lakers' sticks.The One Goal Blues
Including this past Sunday, the team has now scored just one goal in each of its last 5 regular season games, while surrendering 25 against over that same stretch. The boys will need to continue to improve in both ends of the rink for the final three regular season games.The "Home" Stretch
7 of the final 8 games of the regular season will take place at home venues, including all of the final four, and three of those are still left to be played. All of the wins for the team this year have taken place at home; and specifically at the Goderich MRC. One of these final three home games will be at this venue when the Lakers host Windsor next Sunday, and then the final two games will be played against Kitchener the following week - one in Brussels, and the other at the new Stratford Recreation Complex.