Weekend Recap – Sept. 19-21

Happy Monday!  Another 4 games happened this weekend.

Friday night saw St. Marys Lincolns hosting Leamington Flyers.  The Flyers got out to a quick start, with Eric Henderson scoring 50 seconds into the game, as they defeated the Lincolns 5-2.

In addition to Henderson, Chris Scott (2), Cale Allen, and Kyle Perkowski scored for Leamington.  Rai DiLoreto scored both goals for St. Marys, both on the powerplay.

It appears that Leamington is having some discipline issues so far this season.  They’ve accumulated 153 minutes in 5 games, to lead the entire GOJHL.  Coach Tony Piroski will not be happy about this and I’m sure he’s going to drill some discipline play into his team.


The other game on Friday was St. Thomas Stars hosting Sarnia Legionnaires.  The game started out promising, the Stars were holding the Legionnaires off, and then Sarnia kicked it into high gear in the 2nd period and took the win 9-4.  Story from St. Thomas Times-Journal.


A game that began with promise quickly got out of hand Friday as the St. Thomas Stars fell 9-4 to the Sarnia Legionnaires.

St. Thomas opened the scoring with an early first-period goal from Jordan Babb.

But Sarnia bounced back with goals from Cody Trowell and Nathan Mater and led 2-1 at the break.

Trowell scored again early in the second period and Sarnia added three more goals before the period was out.

Brad Campbell scored twice and Riley Roberts scored once to make it 6-1 Sarnia after 40 minutes.

Mater scored again early in the third period to make it 7-1 but the Stars charged back with three straight power play goals as they tried to climb back into the game.

Stars forward John Warren scored twice over that stretch and Carson Moniz scored once.

St. Thomas defenceman Wade Russell assisted on all three goals and Babb assisted on the first two.

But Trowell and Campbell both scored late in the frame to ice a Sarnia win that was never really in question.

St. Thomas is still looking for its first victory of the season and has more than a week to regroup.

The Stars’ next scheduled game is Sept. 27 at Memorial Arena against the London Nationals.


RG Note:  Dan Rose has the Legionnaires skating very well and I’m re-thinking my preview of them being a sleeper team and in the middle of the pack.  Unless they faulter at some point, Sarnia will be a top team.


Saturday night was Lambton Shores Predators hosting St. Marys Lincolns.  The Predators took the win 3-2 in a shoot out.  Summary from Lambton Shores Predators Facebook page.


Predators Get Back to 0.500
The Lambton Shores Predators earned their 2nd win to improve to 2-2 on the young season. The Predators outshot the St. Mary Lincolns 50-32 in a 3-2 shootout victory. Earning his first Junior B win in net was Andrew Harriman-Duke. Leading the way offensively was Nick Sproveiro with his first goal in his first game this season and 16-year old Sean Ross with his 1st Junior B goal. Ryan Fraser added two assists to go along with his strong game on defence tonight. Scoring the only goal in the shootout was Nick Sproviero and Andrew Harriman-Duke stopped all 3 shooters he faced.

“This was a good win for our team tonight”, says Roop Chanderdat, President & GM. “We knew we were facing a good goalie tonight and wanted to get lots of pucks to the net.”

The Predators are back in action on Thursday night on the road when they face the Sarnia Legionnaires.


Sunday night’s game was Chatham Maroons hosting Strathroy Rockets.  The Maroons downed the Rockets 5-1.  Story from Mark Malone, Chatham Daily News.


Maroons take advantage of playing time

By Mark Malone, Chatham Daily News

Mark Fratarcangeli made the most of his big opportunity Sunday night.

With Alexander Morgan out of the lineup, Fratarcangeli made his season debut on the Chatham Maroons’ No. 1 line.

The second-year winger took advantage of his good fortune by scoring in a 5-1 win over the Strathroy Rockets at Memorial Arena.

“Definitely a good way to start the season,” Fratarcangeli said. “It definitely helps being with (Brennan) Feasey and (Michael) Verboom. They’re two great players.

“They have great vision. They open up the ice well. … I was just happy to find the back of the net.”

Steven Beenackers, Jared Dennis, Ian Faubert and Trevor Richardson also scored as the Maroons’ top three lines contributed to the offence.

Morgan and head coach Mark Davis were serving the first game of their two-game suspensions. They were penalized for Morgan leaving the bench in a Sept. 14 win over the Leamington Flyers.

Fratarcangeli was glad to be playing after being a healthy scratch for the first two games. He wanted to put into practice what he learned by watching the likes of Verboom.

“I’m just trying to show that I deserve to be in the lineup,” he said. “I want to chip in to help win the Sutherland Cup and the Western junior ‘B’ (championship) at the end of the year. I just want to do whatever I can, whether it’s scoring or hitting.”

His goal came at an opportune time. The Maroons have the maximum 23 players on their roster, but highly touted defenceman Dede Cato of Chatham began practising with them last week.

If the Maroons sign Cato, they’ll have to say goodbye to someone else.

Fratarcangeli said every player is getting a fair shot to remain on the team.

“Everyone in the room knows they have to work,” he said. “Everyone knows they have to compete and earn their spot on the ice.”

The Maroons already have seven defencemen, but only six were available Sunday. John Bowen served a one-game suspension for picking up a pair of 10-minute misconducts in the final 10 minutes of the Sept. 12 season opener in St. Thomas.

Bowen played in the win over the Flyers, so the Flyers have protested that game. The Maroons will talk this week with the Ontario Hockey Association.

Second-year defenceman Connor McKinnon was back in the lineup after sitting out the Leamington game. He responded with a career-high two assists.

He’s eager to play a bigger role this season and contribute at both ends of the ice.

“As a rookie, I was out there to be a shut-down (player),” McKinnon said, “but this year I’m taking it on myself to do more for the team. Do everything I can to help the team win this year.”

He’s well aware the Maroons could release someone this week if they sign Cato.

“Every practice, every game you just have to work as hard as you can to get things done,” McKinnon said. “When you work hard, you’re going to be in the lineup.”

Bo Bessette made 30 saves for his second straight win. He shut out the Rockets after Matt Knight-Bedour opened the scoring midway through the first period.

Rockets goalie Tynan Lauziere stopped 41 shots.

NOTES: Beenackers, Richardson, Faubert and Levi Tetrault each had two points. … Faubert’s goal was originally credited to Richardson. … The Maroons visit Lambton Shores on Saturday and host the Sarnia Legionnaires at 7 p.m. Sunday. … Fans can skate with the Maroons after Sunday’s game.


Sarnia 4 4 0 0 8 1.000 23 13 79 3-0-0 1-0-0
LaSalle 4 4 0 0 8 1.000 19 10 89 2-0-0 2-0-0
Chatham 3 3 0 0 6 1.000 13 6 92 2-0-0 1-0-0
Leamington 5 2 3 0 4 .400 15 15 153 1-1-0 1-2-0
Lambton Shores 4 2 2 0 4 .500 9 14 80 2-1-0 0-1-0
London 4 1 3 0 2 .250 13 14 127 1-0-0 0-3-0
Strathroy 3 1 2 0 2 .333 11 12 52 0-0-0 1-2-0
St. Marys 3 0 2 1 1 .167 5 12 33 0-2-0 0-0-1
St. Thomas 3 0 2 1 1 .167 9 17 28 0-1-1 0-1-0


Coming up this week:


LaSalle Vipers vs. St. Marys Lincolns – 7:00 Vollmer Complex

London Nationals vs. Strathroy Rockets – 7:30 Western Fair


Leamington Flyers vs. London Nationals – 7:10 Heinz Arena

Sarnia Legionnaires vs. Lambton Shores Predators – 7:10 Sarnia Arena, aka Brock Street Barn


I think St. Marys in LaSalle will be a tough one to watch, but any of the other games this week will be worth the drive.  London is stacked with rookies this season, but I think they’ll give Strathroy and Leamington a good run for their money.  Sarnia and Lambton Shores are Lambton County rivals, I’m going to be that will be a rough and tough game.

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