Luksa paces Shield with two hat tricks
HE JUMPS, HE SCORES..
Kyle MacDonald, #93, jumps to assist Brandon Luksa, #14, make a scoring shot in the game against the Orangeville Americans.
Photo by Richard Coburn
December 19, 2012
GRAVENHURST - It was a big weekend for South Muskoka Shield and team captain Brandon Luksa as he paced his club to two wins with two natural hat tricks.
Luksa exploded on two straight nights of three goals and came out of the weekend having doubled his season goal tally to 12.
On the road Dec. 14 to Mattawa, the team put up big offensive numbers, posting a convincing 11-6 win.
South Muskoka opened the game with two straight before Mattawa tied the match with two of their own with about five minutes left to play in the opening period. The Shield closed out the first with a power-play goal by Colby Jordan, his second of the period.
In the second period, it was all Shield special teams in control as the club posted two power-play markers, including Luksa’s first goal of the night, and a short-handed goal for a 6-2 game heading into the third period.
Mattawa got back on the board less than a minute into the third in an attempt to mount a comeback, but South Muskoka kept the pressure on and potted five more goals for the final, blowout score.
The following night, Dec. 15 and playing at home against Orangeville, Luksa kept the hot hand, scoring another three goals including an early tie breaker on the power play to put the Shield up 2-1 heading into the second frame. In the second, Andrey Novikov put South Muskoka up 3-1 before Luksa’s second power-play goal of the night gave the club a 4-1 lead to start the third. With only 35 seconds off the clock to open the final frame, Luksa added his final of the night before Orangeville added two late goals to make the score close at 5-3 for the final.
The Shield play next at home Dec. 21 against Bobcaygeon before taking a bit of an extended break for the holidays. They won’t play again until Jan. 4 against the Toronto Moose at the Gravenhurst Centennial Centre, starting at 8 p.m.
The Shield have positioned themselves well to make a run for the playoffs in the new year. They have pushed themselves to a 17-8-0-2 record in 27 games; good enough for fourth place, where they sit just two points back of Bracebridge for third overall in the Greater Metro Junior A Hockey League standings and seven ahead of fifth-place Powassan.
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