By Spencer Seymour
The Lincolns knew going into their series with Leamington that they were unlikely to move to the second round. Having just nine wins this season – to Leamington’s 41 – it was never very likely that St. Marys was going to see another round of these playoffs. Even just one upset win over Leamington, a team they didn’t beat once through the season, would have been seen as a moral victory. Unfortunately, the Lincolns were not able to achieve that victory, and were eliminated by the Flyers in just four games.
The series started up last Thursday as the Lincs headed to Leamington. Mustering only 11 shots on net, the Lincolns lost 4-0 in Game One. St. Marys goalie Emanuel Vella did everything he could, but unfortunately, couldn’t pick up the victory, despite stopping 49 of the 53 shots directed his way by the powerhouse Flyers.
The series returned to St. Marys on Saturday, however, the outcome was even worse. Leamington opened Game Two with five goals in the first period and didn’t look back from there. The Flyers cruised to a big 8-2 thrashing of St. Marys. Jordan Winter and Jeff Schrattner scored the goals for the Lincolns, while Vella, despite giving up eight goals, made 52 saves in the loss.
As they headed back to Leamington for the third game of the series, the Lincolns knew they had an uphill battle to climb. However, this was the worst loss yet, as they fell by a score of 10-2. It’s worth noting, though, that before Leamington broke the contest wide open, the Lincs were right in this game.
The Flyers held a 3-0 lead after the first period but, in the second frame, St Marys scored twice in less than two minutes to bring the game to 3-2. However, the Flyers shut down the Lincs completely from there on out, and reignited their offense in the process. They scored four goals before the period was out to increase their lead to 7-2. Three more goals from Leamington guided them to the 10-2 final score. Paul Town got the start in goal for St. Marys and stopped 36 out of 46 shots that he faced.
Leamington headed back to St. Marys this past Wednesday and did not let the Lincolns even get a sniff of victory, as they blew out the Lincs in Game Four, 11-2. The Flyers did the worst of the damage early as, going into the second period, they had already built a 6-0 lead. They would add another four in the second period, and then one more in the third. Both St. Marys goals came in the final period, off the sticks of Josh Zlatinszky and Trent Dundas.
With that loss, the 2015/16 St. Marys Lincolns season is over. St. Marys has not won a playoff series since the 2011/2012 postseason.
While they may not have had very much success, this team should be very proud for always showing determination and a “never give up” attitude. Congratulations boys, on fighting through adversity and leaving it all on the ice. We look forward to next season.