Golden Hawks drop 6-4 decision to Muskies

Two goals in the final minute of play gave the visiting Lindsay Muskies a 6-4 victory over the Trenton Golden Hawks in Ontario Junior Hockey League action Sunday evening at the Duncan McDonald Memorial Gardens.

Both teams battled back from a two-goal deficit in the contest. The Golden Hawks took a 2-0 lead in the first period before the Muskies answered back with four straight goals by the 11th minute of the second. The score was evened at four before the end of that middle frame.

Trenton’s Jake Campbell opened the scoring 2:41 into regulation time and Dalton Bancroft tallied his first of three goals, shorthanded, at 16:16. Isiah Parris replied for Lindsay less than two minutes later to cut the deficit to one before the opening period came to a close.

Despite an early power-play for the Golden Hawks in the second, it was the Muskies who struck again as Belleville’s Nate Burelle scored shorthanded at the 2:29 mark before a flurry of goals in the 11th minute.

Lindsay took a 4-2 lead when William Everson scored twice with goals 10 seconds apart at 11:11 and 11:21. Bancroft then promptly responded for the Golden Hawks 11 seconds later at 11:32 and completed his hat track at 13:27 to tie the game at four.

Midway through the third, the Golden Hawks lost veteran defenceman Brannon Butler, who received a game misconduct for checking from behind.

Noah Pardy scored for the Muskies at the 19-minute mark to snap the 4-4 tie and teammate William Jones helped secure the victory with an empty-net goal 36 seconds later as the Lindsay club improved to 13-16-0-4.

Trenton (19-7-0-2) continues to lead the OJHL’s East Division and are currently scheduled to return to action Jan. 2 at North York.