WARWICK -- Taylor Regoâ€™s goal late in the second overtime period lifted Lincoln to a 3-2 victory over Cumberland in the Toll Gate Holiday Tournament championship game played on Tuesday night at Thayer Arena.
â€śIt took a great shot by Taylor to win this game,â€ť said Lincoln coach Jim Riel. â€śTaylor ended up being named MVP of the tournament.â€ť
Cumberland took a 1-0 lead in the first period on a goal by Michael Kinch. Lincoln took a 2-1 lead after two periods on goals by Nick Zammarelli and Mike Enos but the Clippers stayed strong and tied the game in the third stanza on Andrew Plutaâ€™s goal.
The first five-minute overtime period went scoreless and it stayed that way well into the second session before Lincolnâ€™s Jerzy Polak set up Rego for the game-winner at the 8:41 mark of overtime.
â€śWe had 11 penalties for 33 minutes in the game and thatâ€™s unacceptable,â€ť Riel said. â€śWe got a little lazy. But it was a great game, especially when the teams were skating five on five.â€ť
Lincoln outshot Cumberland 42-37 for the night. Chris Leclaire made 35 saves for the Lions while Patrick Noke was credited with 26 saves by Clippersâ€™ coach Mark Andreozzi.
â€śIt was a really great game, featuring up-and-down skating and tight checking,â€ť Andreozzi said. â€śThey got the best of us in overtime but Iâ€™m pleased with the way we played.â€ť
Cumberland 1 - 0 - 1 - 0 - 0 -- 2
Lincoln 0 - 2 - 0 - 0 - 1
First period: 1. C, Michael Kinch.
Second period: 2. LIN, Nick Zammarelli (Ryan Croteau), 7:46; 3. LIN, Mike Enos (Taylor Rego, Paul Bruseini), 11:49
Third period: 4. C, Andrew Pluta.
Overtime: 5. LIN, Taylor Rego (Jerzy Polak), 8:41.
Shots on goal: Lincoln 42, Cumberland 37. Goalie saves: Patrick Noke (C) 26; Chris Leclaire (L) 35.