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Lynx William Michaud and his teammates celebrate a game-tying goal last Friday, Dec. 15.
by Brad Aubin
The narrative is a familiar one, as the Lynx split two games against the Almaguin Spartans last weekend, winning at home and losing on the road.
On Friday, Dec. 15, the Lynx hosted the Spartans in a nail-biter that saw them climb from an early 2-goal deficit to a victory.
The Spartans, who sit 2nd in the division, only losing 8 games on the year, are no strangers to West Nipissing. The cats have played the Spartans 5 times this year, winning twice.
As the game began, it was evident it would be a physical contest, as the Spartans set the pace and netted an early goal. Lynx William Michaud would retaliate minutes later, short handed, but the Spartans would bang two more home, with the period finishing 3-1 for Almaguin.
The second period saw no goals, thanks to huge efforts by the teams’ respective goalies. The Lynx’ Giulio Costa had 35 saves on the night, while the Spartans’ goalie stopped 42. The period was hard fought on both sides, with the Lynx only committing one penalty while earning two power plays. However, they were unable to score despite the man advantage.
When the puck dropped for the third period, the atmosphere was tense in the arena. Lynx forward Oliver Johansson (assisted by Adamo Asselin and Nathaniel McLeod) snapped the crowd’s anxiety with a goal only seconds into the first. The score gave the Lynx some attitude and swagger, knowing that they were only one goal behind. They continued their offensive pressure, but it wasn’t until past the halfway mark that William Michaud would get the puck on his stick with no one around him. Utilizing his speed, he flew by the Spartans defense and tied the game up 3-3.
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