Weekend Recap Sept.12-14

Happy Monday GOJHL fans!  Lets recap the 5 games from the weekend.


The first game of the weekend was St. Marys Lincolns vs. LaSalle Vipers.  The Vipers came away with a 4-1 win.  Summary from www.lasallevipers.com

Vipers take down Lincolns in St. Marys

The LaSalle Vipers improved to 2-0-0 on the season with a 4-1 road victory over the St. Marys Lincolns Friday night at the Pyramid Recreation Centre.

Korey Morgan got things going offensively for LaSalle with his second in as many games. Nathan Savage and Brett Primeau picked up the assists.

Nick Gauvin, with his first goal in Jr. B, scored what would prove to be the game-winner when he put hte Vipers up 2-0 with less than three minutes to go in the first period.

Connor Rosaasen and Primeau each scored their second goals of the season in the second period, before Jared Lindsay scored St. Marys only goal of the night, snapping Paolo Battisti’s shutout bid with just over 18 minutes to go.

Battisti stopped 20 of 21 shots to record his second win of the season. Andrew Masters made 25 stops in the loss.

The Vipers next action is Wednesday, Sept. 17 against the Strathroy Rockets in our Monarch Basics Back2School game. We are asking our fans to donate school supplies, which the Vipers will deliver to local students.


Second Friday night was St. Thomas Stars hosting Chatham Maroons, where the Maroons spoiled the Star home opener with a 4-3 shoot out win.

Story by Ben Forrest of St. Thomas Times-journal, http://www.stthomastimesjournal.com/2014/09/12/st-thomas-stars-fall-to-chatham-maroons-in-home-opener

St. Thomas Stars fall to Chatham Maroons in home opener

By Ben Forrest, St. Thomas Times-Journal

Friday, September 12, 2014

Score goals?

The St. Thomas Stars showed they could do that as they fell 5-4 to the Chatham Maroons Friday in the home opener of their 30th anniversary season.

Fight their way out of a deficit?


But holding a lead proved challenging for the club, which is still looking for its first win in a GOJHL season that’s just underway.

St. Thomas held three separate one-goal leads but surrendered them all, including a 4-3 advantage early in the third period.

Chatham forced overtime on a power play later in the frame, then edged St. Thomas in a shootout to take the win.

But there were bright spots.

St. Thomas opened the scoring early in the first period with a goal from Austin Elkin.

Chatham tied it with a tally from Trevor Richardson, but the Stars fired back with a power play goal from Carson Moniz to make it 2-1.

Alexander Morgan and Ian Faubert scored to give Chatham a 3-2 lead at the first intermission.

Then came a goal from Stars forward Carson Brookshaw late in the second period to tie it 3-3.

Brookshaw scored again early in the third to give St. Thomas another lead.

Then Chatham’s Brennan Feasey tied it, and neither team scored again until a shootout that ended 2-1 in Chatham’s favour.

Stars goalie Nikolas Dampier and Maroons tender Jacob Lucier both had 34 saves on 38 shots before the shootout.

St. Thomas was more disciplined in terms of penalties, serving 12 minutes on six infractions. Chatham had 18 penalty minutes on 10 infractions.

The Stars have two losses to open the season – they fell 3-1 to the Leamington Flyers Thursday on the road.

Now they have a week to regroup.

Their next game is Sept. 19, at home to the Sarnia Legionnaires. Game time is 7:30 p.m. at the Timken Centre.


The sole game on Saturday was Lambton Shores hosting Strathroy in their first of a double home-opener weekend.  The Rockets defeated the Predators 5-2.  Story from Jon Maillet of the Lambton Shield, http://www.lambtonshield.com/strathroy-rockets-drop-lambton-shores-predators-in-5-2-score/

Strathroy Rockets drop Lambton Shores Predators in 5-2 score

By Jon Maillet on September 14, 2014

The Lambton Shores Predators began the season with a loss to the Strathroy Rockets Saturday night in GOJHL action.

The Rockets took a 2-0 lead after the first, scoring both times on the powerplay. Tyler Duarte scored first and later assisted the second powerplay goal by Kieran Milne on a two man advantage.

The Rockets powerplay struck again in the second period with Stuart King giving the Rockets a 3-0 lead and Mark MacAulay picking up the first of three assists on the night.

The Rockets appeared to be putting on a special teams clinic at this point, although they saw four more powerplay opportunities to no avail. In the end Strathroy went 3 for 9 with the man advantage.

The Predators powerplay was shut down on all fronts going a dismal 0 for 9 on the night. The Predators scored early in the third, Zacha Lewis scoring his first GOJHL goal, cutting Strathroy’s lead to 3-1.

Just when it looked like there was life, the Rockets extinguished any flame of hope seven seconds later. Stuart King scored his second of the game, then just 9 seconds after that, Brett Dalton put the game well out of reach at 5-1.

Lambton Shores responded quickly with a goal from Drew Marlatt, however it would be too little too late as the Rockets held on to win 5-2.

Shots were 42-38 in favour of Strathroy, Mat Oullete turned aside 36 shots for the win, while Predators goalie Anthony Hurtubise had 37 saves in his GOJHL debut.


Sunday night saw the Chatham Maroons home opener vs. Leamington Flyers.  The Maroons skated away with a 3-1 win over the defending Western Champs.  Story by Mark Malone of Chatham Daily News, http://www.chathamdailynews.ca/2014/09/15/maroons-win-title-rematch-in-home-opener

Maroons win title rematch in home opener

By Mark Malone, Chatham Daily News

Monday, September 15, 2014

The last time the Chatham Maroons saw the Flyers, the boys from Leamington were skating off with the Western Conference championship trophy.

It’s an image the Maroons haven’t forgotten.

They exacted a small measure of revenge with a 3-1 win over the Flyers in Sunday’s home opener in front of 678 fans at Memorial Arena.

“It’s definitely nice to get a win over them after how the season finished last year,” Maroons fourth-year forward Ian Faubert said. “It’s nice to see a team like that right off the start. It’s a good way to start the season.”

The Flyers beat the Maroons in a five-game conference final last season in the Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League.

“It’s definitely in the back of our minds,” Faubert said. “Knowing how last year ended, we didn’t want to take these guys lightly, and have a little bit of redemption.”

Faubert scored the winner 1:20 into the second period to break a 1-1 tie. He has two goals in two games.

Captain Michael Verboom added an insurance goal in the third with 6:30 remaining.

He chuckled when asked about facing the Flyers in the home opener.

“You’d think they planned that on purpose,” he said, “but it’s good to get that out of the way.”

The championship loss to the Flyers was the Maroons’ second in two years. They lost to the London Nationals in the 2012-13 conference final.

“This year we mean business and our eyes are on the prize and we’re just here to put wins on the board,” Verboom said.

Brennan Feasey also scored as the Maroons improved to 2-0.

Bo Bessette won his Maroons debut with a 39-save effort. He shut out the Flyers after allowing Kyle Perkowski’s tying goal midway through the first period.

“He’s really solid back there, really calm,” Verboom said. “He likes to take the shooter and that’s fine with us.”

The game was more spirited than a typical mid-September clash. The longtime rivals combined for 21 penalties, including 14 by the Maroons.

“That was a good game,” Maroons head coach Mark Davis said. “That was like a playoff game.”

Feasey struck first, scoring his second goal of the season only 28 seconds after the opening faceoff.

Perkowski replied on a power play.

Faubert’s second-period goal gave the Maroons their second win in three nights. They beat the St. Thomas Stars 5-4 in a shootout Friday, but they were happier with Sunday’s performance.

“A win is a win,” Faubert said, “but most guys felt we played a little better tonight.”

Flyers goalie Trevor Wheaton made 28 saves.

NOTES: Steven Szekesy had two assists. … Verboom and Feasey also had two points. … Alexander Morgan received a game misconduct in the second period for leaving the Maroons’ bench. … The Maroons are off until Sunday when they host the Strathroy Rockets at 7 p.m. … Former Chatham-Kent Cyclones goalie Anthony Hurtubise made 33 saves for the shutout in the Lambton Shores Predators’ 2-0 win over the London Nationals on Sunday.


The last game of the weekend was the 2nd of the Predators home opener weekend as they hosted London Nationals.  The Preds blanked the Nats 2-0 to earn their first win of the season.

The teams played 34 minutes of hockey before the first goal, and winning goal, of the game was scored.  Both goals of the game were scored on the powerplay by 16 year old Franco Sproviero, a Lambton Jr. Sting grad and draft pick of the Sarnia Sting.

It appears that the Nationals were rather undisciplined in the game, accumulating 38 minutes on 9 penalties.  The biggest offender being Anthony Kotsovos, who received a 2+10 min. for head checking in the first period and then 2+game for check from behind in the third period.

The winning goalie was 16 year old Anthony Hurtubise, a Chatham-Kent Cyclones grad and Windsor Spitfires draft pick.  Hurtubise picked up his first Jr. B shut out in his first Jr. B game.

Charged with the loss was Nationals goalie Logan Ferrington.

Shots for the game were 34-33 for Lambton Shores.


After a full week of play, here are the standings.


LaSalle 2 2 0 0 4 1.000 11 5 53 1-0-0 1-0-0
Sarnia 2 2 0 0 4 1.000 11 7 31 2-0-0 0-0-0
Chatham 2 2 0 0 4 1.000 8 5 72 1-0-0 1-0-0
Strathroy 2 1 1 0 2 .500 8 7 38 0-0-0 1-1-0
Lambton Shores 2 1 1 0 2 .500 4 5 44 1-1-0 0-0-0
Leamington 3 1 2 0 2 .333 8 10 81 1-0-0 0-2-0
St. Thomas 2 0 1 1 1 .250 5 8 22 0-0-1 0-1-0
St. Marys 1 0 1 0 0 .000 1 4 15 0-1-0 0-0-0
London 2 0 2 0 0 .000 4 9 62 0-0-0 0-2-0


Coming up with this:

Wednesday, September 17

LaSalle Vipers vs. Strathroy Rockets, 7:00 Volmer Rec Centre

London Nationals vs. Lambton Shores Predators, 7:30 Western Fair


Thursday, September 18

Leamington Flyers vs. LaSalle Vipers, 7:10 Heinz Arena

Sarnia Legionnaires vs. London Nations, 7:10 Sarnia Arena


In my opinion, the game to watch would be Thurs. in Leamington.  Besides the fact that they are Essex County rivals, you have the defending Champs, who will be looking to rebound from their loss last night, and a veteran Vipers squad looking for retribution from last year after the Flyers overtook them in the standings for first place.

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