Five Peterborough mi­nor Petes in Muskies lineup

Watson, Cur­ran, Maun­der, Trol­ley and Goan be­gin OJHL play tonight

The Peterborough Examiner - - Sports - MIKE DAVIES Ex­am­iner Sports Di­rec­tor [email protected]­ter­bor­ough­daily.com

LIND­SAY — The Lind­say Muskies will fea­ture a strong Peterborough con­nec­tion this sea­son.

The OJHL club’s man­age­ment team has strong Peterborough ties as new gen­eral man­ager Scott Donato, as­sis­tant gen­eral man­ager Alex Pick­ford and di­rec­tor of player per­son­nel Matt Riel are all Peterborough na­tives. Head coach Dan West is a Petes alum­nus.

The Muskies will ice five Peterborough mi­nor hockey grads. They’ve signed mi­nor mid­get Petes grads Kalvyn Watson and Lo­gan Maun­der, who Donato coached in Peterborough last year.

Mi­nor Petes grad and OHL Petes third-string goalie Blake Cur­ran is ex­pected to carry the bulk of work in net.

Cur­tis Trol­ley re­turns for a sec­ond year and Pat Goan joins the lineup.

The Muskies be­gin their sea­son 7:30 p.m. Fri­day when they host the Brampton Ad­mi­rals (for­mer Orangeville Flyers) at the Lind­say Recre­ation Complex.

“We rec­og­nized when I took this over that we’re more than a City of Kawartha Lakes team,” said Donato, named GM in the spring.

“We’re a county team. We have that tri­an­gle go­ing where we have a strong con­tin­gent of play­ers from Peterborough, the City of Kawartha Lakes and Durham Re­gion.”

Donato is tak­ing a long-range ap­proach in build­ing a team but he ex­pects the Muskies to be com­pet­i­tive af­ter two years fin­ish­ing in the base­ment.

“We wanted to have more lo­cal kids which we think we’ve done. We’ve added some high-end skilled play­ers. We rec­og­nize we play in, maybe, the tough­est divi­sion in all of tier II ju­nior A hockey. Our divi­sion the last two years pro­duced the Royal Bank Cup cham­pion and run­ner-up. We be­lieve we’ve put to­gether a team that will be able to com­pete on a night-in and night-out ba­sis. We’re a bit younger than other teams in our league but we hope to get bet­ter month af­ter month.”

Watson, a Sault Ste. Marie Grey­hounds draft pick, and Maun­der, an Erie Ot­ters selec­tion, are the team’s two 16-yearold play­ers.

“Coach West has a great track record of work­ing with 16-yearolds like Josh Wain­man, Cedric Ralph, Lo­gan DeNoble, etc. of get­ting them ready not only to play our level but the next level,” Donato said.

Cur­ran was just re­turned to Lind­say by the Petes.

“We’re ex­cited to have Blake,” Donato said.

“He had a re­ally strong fin­ish for the Muskies last year and we want him to play at the high­est level he can. We want to try to push him onto the next level.”

Trol­ley was a 2017 Erie pick.

“Cur­tis is a player we’re re­ally ex­cited to have back. He’s go­ing to open up a lot of eyes in the NCAA and OHL. He skates ex­tremely well and has a high, high com­pete level. He was hurt for half the year last year, his 16year-old year, so I think he has a lot to prove this year. He will be a huge part of our team.”

Goan is an area boy who played with the Cen­tral On­tario Wolves ma­jor mid­gets last sea­son.

“He has a high-end skillset and we ex­pect him to step up and play some big min­utes for us,” said Donato.

CLIF­FORD SKARSTEDT EX­AM­INER

Peterborough Foley Bus Lines mi­nor mid­get AAA Petes’ Kalvyn Watson picks up a pass against Markham Wax­ers’ Hay­den Hein­rich on Jan. 19.

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