The Aurora Tigers came to Lindsay on Tuesday night and although it looked like a mismatch on paper the Muskies hung with the Tiger till the dying moments of the third when a pair of late goals made the final score 4-0.
The Tigers came into the game with a division leading record of 28 wins, 6 losses, and 3 overtime losses, while the Muskies checked in at 11 wins, 21 losses, 1 tie, and 5 overtime losses.
The Muskies enjoyed the first good scoring chance when Logan DeNoble broke in alone but he lost control just before a poke check by Tiger's goalie Andy Munroe. The Tigers got on the board first when Mack Lemmon was able to deke around Boyd DiClemente at 4:04. The assists went to Drake Board, and Daniel Mantenuto. That was all there was for scoring in the first although the teams did trade some good chances.
Early in the second period the first power play of the game was awarded to Lindsay, but right off the drop of the puck it was an Aurora player who raced in alone only to be denied by DiClemente. As the period wore on the Muskies continued to mount pressure. DeNoble had an excellent chance in the slot, then Jack Scanlan had a partial break but Munroe was there to stop them both. With 1:33 left in the period it was DiClemente's chance to shine again as he slid across the crease to make a nice stop on an Aurora 2 on 1. The Muskies haven't caught many breaks this year though, and the end of the second was no different as Aurora got partial breakaway in the dying seconds that DiClemente only could get a piece of as Board scored with just 3 seconds left from Shane Beaulieu, and Noah Delmas to make 2-0.
The Muskies enjoyed an early power play in the third but the Tiger defenders were able to keep the team at bay. The Tigers looked as if they had the insurance they would need at 15:03 but it was deemed that the puck had been kicked into the goal. At 18:01 though Lemmon netted his second of the match to make it 3-0 from Nicholas Erb, and Daniel Mantenuto. Lindsay took a penalty after the goal was scored and the Tiger power play made it 4-0 at 18:32. That goal was from Johnny Curran, assisted by Delmas, and Eric Williams.
While not entirely happy with the outcome of the game the Muskies coaching staff were happy with the teams effort for the most part. “The work ethic was there tonight, but there was no moral victory”. They also felt that Aurora netminder Andy Munroe was the difference in the game with a very solid, and controlled game.
The next action for the Muskies is Friday night when they host the Orangeville Flyers.