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West Nipissing Remembers
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by Brad Aubin
After a winning weekend, the WN Lynx now sit comfortably in a playoff spot. The cats had convincing victories against the South Muskoka Shield (6-1) on Friday and the Seguin Huskies (7-1) on Saturday, earning a 7th place in the GMHL’s North Division standings.
Coaches say that 7th place has been their aim from the start of the year, as it guarantees them a playoff series against the number one team in the region – currently a toss up between the Almaguin Spartans and Bradford Rattlers.
Over the weekend, the Lynx also set a new franchise record for wins in a season, at 14. With four games left to go, including 3 at home, it’s safe to say the team has improved from last year’s squad. “We’re in a really positive spot right now,” beams assistant coach Mathieu Gaudette. “After our Ville-Marie loss a couple of weekends ago, we had a long talk on the bus ride back home. Everyone knows how important these last few games are for us. Our practices last week were really important. We stressed penalty kills, power plays, and also tried our new line combinations. We used those lines over the weekend and it seemed to work rather well, considering we scored a bunch of goals both games.”
On Friday, the Lynx came out fast, scoring the first goal of the game within minutes, which set the pace for them. “We’ve been having issues with game time preparation. We always start our games on the wrong foot and we talked about that a lot. We want to come out hard, and start our games right. Just the fact that we got that early lead on Friday really helped the guys settle down a bit.”
The mindset didn’t change on Saturday. The Lynx took full control of the game from the get-go and did not take their foot off the gas.
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The West Nipissing Lynx salute their fans after a huge 7-1 win against the Seguin Huskies Saturday, Feb. 3.