Overtime Required in Eagles Victory over Lakefield

Article by I. Schoonderbeek/Media by C. Archer

For the third consecutive game, the Clarington Eagles required overtime to decide the outcome Tuesday night. It took 66 minutes before Kolby Poulin scored the lone goal to secure a 1-0 Eagles road victory over the Lakefield Chiefs.

Clarington outshot Lakefield 49-20 in the contest.

The goal was the 17th of the season for Poulin, assisted by Mitch Davies.

“We were fighting the puck all night, and just couldn’t finish the last pass,” said Poulin. “When we tried to make plays, pucks seemed to be jumping over our sticks. Mitch stole the puck in overtime to create a two-on-one which initially got broken up, but he made a fantastic play to stay with it and set me up with a wide-open net.”

Jude Rondina picked up his third shutout in six games since joining the Eagles in January. He now sports a 1.14 goals against average along with a .954 save percentage in an Eagles uniform.

“The boys kept the night easy for me,” said Jude. “I did my job, and we got a well-deserved win.”

Rondina pointed to the depth of the Eagles roster as a major factor in his success since joining the team. “Georgina was a well-coordinated offensive team, but depth was a bit of a weak spot. We have a deep team here with an extremely high hockey IQ on the back end that gives everybody confidence.”

Coach Dean Baumhauer expressed some concern with the performance of his club recently. “We controlled play and put a lot of pucks on goal tonight, but we’re scuffling right now and hopefully we snap out of it before the playoffs,” said Dean. “When our top Iine is quiet, we haven’t been scoring much. Secondary scoring has been a concern recently with some guys not producing to expectation. We’ve got too many guys cheating right now hoping to get lucky, and it doesn’t work that way.”

The Eagles have six regular season games left to get firing on all cylinders before the playoffs. They currently sit nine points ahead of Uxbridge for first place in the Orr division standings.

A reminder to Eagles fans, there is no home game this week. The boys travel to Port Perry this Sunday, February 19 to take on the Lumberjacks at Scugog arena. Puck drop is 2:25 p.m.