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The West Nipissing Lynx split their weekend with both a win and a loss. Predictably, the victory came at home on Friday, Dec. 8 against the Seguin Huskies (10-7), and the loss to the Ville-Marie Pirates (7-9) was the result of an away game.
In front of their hometown fans, the Lynx were ready to go right from the puck drop, with Nate McLeod, Oliver Johansson and Sebastien Despatie all scoring within the first 10 minutes. The Lynx dominated the first period, looking sharp with crisp passing and great offensive pressure.
McLeod would go on to score another goal before the period wrapped up. Still, the Huskies weren’t giving up easy, scoring on the power play to make it a 4-1 period.
In the second period, it was the Huskies who struck early, scoring twice in under a minute. The Lynx were quick to retaliate, adding 6 goals in the period, two from William Michaud, two from Thomas Farrell, one from Samuel Vigneux, and one from newly acquired Adamo Asselin.
Despite a late-game comeback from the Huskies, with 4 goals in the third, it wasn’t enough to catch up to the Lynx’s offensive prowess.
“The guys got a taste of winning again last week and the mood in the dressing room is a lot more positive and less stressful than it had been last month. We came out strong, with all four of our lines playing very well... for the first two periods,” said assistant coach Mathieu Gaudette. “It shouldn’t have been the outcome it was. We really need to shut them down in the third period and not let them, or any team, score as many goals as they did. Despite that, it was still a victory, but it was sort of a bittersweet two points for us.”
Lynx newcomer Davide Asselin fit right into his new team, earning an assist in his first game.