Stellar goaltending leads to 8-8 tie between Redmen and Lakers

The Peterborough Century 21 Lakers and Brooklin Redmen played to an 8-8 tie Wednesday night at Iroquois Park Sports Centre in Whitby.

It was a back-and-forth defensive battle, with neither team holding more than a two-goal lead at any point of the 70 minute contest. Peterborough opened up a 2-0 lead just over twelve minutes into the period, but Brooklin rebounded and led 3-2 at the end of the first.

The Lakers scored twice in the first four minutes of the second period to take a 4-3 lead.  The teams continued to exchange goals and were tied 6-6 after the second.  The third period saw each team score only once and the game was tied 7-7 at the end of regulation time.

Nick Chaykowsky and Shawn Evans traded goals in overtime, which was a full 10 minutes. Evans accounted for half the Lakers’ offense in his best performance of the season, scoring four times and adding two assists.  He commented, “Every team is pretty good in the league now. Every team is getting better. Every night when you suit up it’s a grind and you have to be ready to play. If not, the other team’s going to beat you.“It’s a long season and we just have to get ourselves in a good spot and keep going.”

Lakers' goaltender Evan Kirk made 56 saves in his season debut between the pipes. Zach Higgins made 41 saves for the Redmen. Overall, Brooklin outshot Peterborough 64-49 and had five power play opportunities compared to Peterborough’s two.  Each team scored once on the power play. Mark Matthews and Dan Lintner led the Redmen’s offense with two goals each.

The Lakers now have a recored of 6-1-1 and remain in first place.  The tie game give Brooklin a record of 3-4-1, good enough for fourth place and a playoff position.

 (With notes from Anna Taylor - Peterboro Lakers reporter)