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Lynx veteran William Michaud and Ottawa Sharpshooter Timed (TK) Mwamba pose for a quick picture during last Saturday’s ceremonial puck drop. The season kicked off as NFN Chief Scott McLeod and WN Mayor Joanne Savage dropped the puck before the game.

Strong start for the Lynx

by Brad Aubin

The West Nipissing Lynx officially kicked off their third season last Friday, Sept. 7, and it was the exact outcome they were looking for as they beat the Ottawa Sharpshooters 10-0 in front of a packed arena.

The Lynx have made it clear that they have one goal this season, and that is winning, nothing less. Throughout the summer, the team pursued and recruited players who share that determination, and they are entering the season with gusto. As a result, the administration is confident, believes in their on-ice product, and expects their team to produce week after week.

If last week’s game is any indication, they are on the right track. Opening night started with a ceremonial puck drop featuring West Nipissing Mayor Joanne Savage and Nipissing First Nation Chief Scott McLeod. Then it was all Lynx, all night.

The boys showed tenacity, teamwork and a great passing game that enabled Jared Dupuis, Justin Gibeault, Yahor Kasparau, Nick Gribbons and Samuel Vigneux to score in the first period, all while holding Ottawa to a single shot on net 10 minutes into the game. 

William Michaud and David Elford added later goals in the shutout, confirming the Lynx domination.

Mathieu Gaudette, former coach and current Director of player recruitment, was thrilled with the win and the high level of hockey his team played.

“It was the outcome we wanted,” he shares. “First game, first win. A lot of these guys have never played together before. We have a fresh looking team. Playing against Ottawa, a new team in our division, was a good opportunity for us to try out various lines in various capacities. It gave our head coach, Jeff Mancini, an opportunity to play with lines on the power play and the penalty kill. Overall, many players contributed and it was just great to see.”​

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