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by Brad Aubin
The Lynx were at home for two games last weekend, and despite support from their home crowd, they were unable to notch a single victory.
On Friday Nov. 23, West Nipissing hosted the high-scoring Bradford Rattlers. The Rattlers have suffered just a single loss this year and were on a huge 11-game winning streak before arriving at the Sturgeon Falls arena.
Lynx Colin Boudreau was the first to strike, getting his team on the board before the five-minute mark. It wasn’t long before Bradford retaliated however. The Cats kept the pressure on, battling Bradford goal for goal throughout the first period. By the time the first 20 minutes were up, the score was already 4-3, with Bradford holding onto the lead.
The second period was much of the same, as the Lynx scored three quick goals within the first five minutes, taking the lead. However, the Rattlers wouldn’t be tamed, showing why they’re a GMHL top team as they dismantled the defense and put a huge amount of pressure in the Lynx zone, adding three goals of their own. The period ended with a tie at 7-7 going into the third.
The Lynx were unable to capitalize on the even score as the Rattlers continued their pressure, adding an additional three goals to make the final tally 10-7 for Bradford.
“This game was definitely a game that we should have won,” said Lynx representative Mathieu Gaudette. “There is no reason why we should be allowing 10 goals against. We will definitely need to be more defensively sound and need our goalie to step up in games like Friday night.”