The London Lakers hit the ice against the Northumberland Stars on September 16th in London, Ontario for Greater Metro Hockey League regular season action.
59 seconds past the halfway mark of the opening period, Doug Andrews fires a pass to Northumberland’s Tyler Brackin to give the Stars a 1 – 0 lead. London’s Chris Spicer evens the game 1 – 1 at the 12:29 mark of the period with Eisai Arai and Matt Michelini drawing the contributors on Spicers goal. With 30 seconds left in the period, Evan Wasylyk sends the Stars into the first intermission up 2 – 1 with Brackin registering the assist on Wasylyk’s goal. 50 seconds into the middle stanza with an unassisted Laker goal, Eisai Arai tied the game at 2 – 2 for London. Spicer notches the helper on the Laker go – ahead goal at 4:06 of the period on London’s Dylan Lavallee’s goal. At 9:11 of the second, Matt Davies finds the back of Laker goaltender Thomas Ethier’s net on a penalty shot to pull Northumberland even 3 – 3 with the Lakers.
Brackin gives the Stars a 4 – 3 lead at 12:41 of the third with Davies and Andrews setting up Northumberland’s fourth of the game. Scoring his second of the contest at 14:49 of the period was London’s Eisai Arai of the Lakers to tie the game. Spicer and Lavallee added the helpers on Arai’s goal. Owen Walsh sunk the Stars fifth of the game at 18:13 of the final period with Wasylyk contributing on Walsh’s goal. With five seconds left in the game, Brackin gives Northumberland a 6 – 4 win with a Stars unassisted goal.
Laker coach Jeff Zehr told the Junior Hockey Network that “tonight the Buoys battled hard as a unit of 10 players! Our 3rd and final game with half our roster here! We will add more buoys this week, and we will keep moving progressing as a team. The Buoys heads are held up high, we are very proud of these young men. With more buoys here for Saturday’s game versus Renegades, we are searching for our first win and will have a good week of hard practices to iron out the kinks.”
The Lakers will now have six days to prepare for the North York Renegades on September 23rd in North York in a 8:00 p.m puck drop.