Lambeth eliminates Dorchester from first place contention
Saturday, January 27, 2018
By Rob J. Ross
DORCHESTER - An old rival has prevented the Dorchester Dolphins from finishing first for a third consecutive season.
The Lambeth Lancers eliminated the Dolphins from first place contention for this season in the Provincial Junior Hockey League Yeck Division, with a 4-3 overtime win, at the Flight Exec Centre.
Ray Robbins scored his second goal of the game, just 44 seconds into the extra frame, in a game that the Lancers never held a lead.
Now it's Lambeth just needing two points, or an Exeter Hawk loss, to clinch the team's first place banner since 2015. The Lancers and Hawks meet twice over the final week of the regular season.
Dorchester finished first in the Yeck Division last year and 2016, after Lambeth took top spot, the previous three years (2013-15).
Dorchester remains in the fight to finish second this season, one point behind the Hawks and two games remaining, including at Exeter, Friday, February 2. The Dolphins host Thamesford, February 3.
"If we're going to be successful, we have to learn to play with the lead. This is a learning experience especially for the young guys," Dolphins' head coach Tim Flynn said. "The (3-3) tying goal our one D should have had the puck out, but just didn't get it out. We'll have film out this week and show him what he did wrong. We had a bad read (led to three on two) on the first goal."
Despite the defensive breakdowns, Flynn felt his team played Lambeth tough, as they have all season. The Lancers take the season series, three games to two.
Riley Brown made 39 saves in the Dolphins' net, while his counterpart Zack Weir, stopped 42 pucks.
"We had our opportunities to beat them. Both goalies played well," Flynn said. "We played hard, but we just have to get healthy. A lot of guys stepped up tonight with all of the injuries and played well. Missing (defenceman Nick) Whitworth tonight hurt. He's sick. He logs 25-35 minutes a night."
Dylan Buckholz, with his division leading 34th and 35th goals of the season, one on the power play, put the Dolphins up 2-0, after 20 minutes. Lambeth tied the affair, with Robbins and Keith Arnold on the power play, striking within a three minute span mid second period.
Ryan Root, with his 18th goal, tipped in a Braidon Duncan point shot, putting the home side up by one, in the third period. Brody Smith knotted the game again, with 5:26 remaining in regulation.
Dolphins' Brent House is fifth in division scoring with 16 goals and 33 assists, while Root is eighth, with 18 goals and 27 assists.
"We've been riding those guys for the last five to 10 games. If we don't get secondary scoring, we're going to be in trouble (in the playoffs)," Flynn said. "Every team is getting better. Port Stanley played a real good game against us."
Dorchester blanked Port Stanley, 2-0, on Friday, but needed an empty goal to secure their 27th win of the season.
The Dolphins will welcome the return of forward Lucas Wilson (15g 22a, in 21 games, suspension) and possibly Nolan Blewett (18g, 20a, in 19 games, lower body injury) in time for the post season.
Lambeth's Robbins moves into third in scoring, with 18 goals, 33 assists, for 51 points.