WARWICK -- Taylor Rego’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.
“It took a great shot by Taylor to win this game,” said Lincoln coach Jim Riel. “Taylor ended up being named MVP of the tournament.”
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 Pluta’s goal.
The first five-minute overtime period went scoreless and it stayed that way well into the second session before Lincoln’s Jerzy Polak set up Rego for the game-winner at the 8:41 mark of overtime.
“We had 11 penalties for 33 minutes in the game and that’s unacceptable,” Riel said. “We got a little lazy. But it was a great game, especially when the teams were skating five on five.”
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 Clippers’ coach Mark Andreozzi.
“It was a really great game, featuring up-and-down skating and tight checking,” Andreozzi said. “They got the best of us in overtime but I’m pleased with the way we played.”
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.