Games of the Week Recap – Oct. 7-9

Another week of GOJHL hockey is in the books.


Tuesday night, it was a re-match from Saturday as Strathroy Rockets hosted St. Thomas Stars.  The Rockets pulled out a 2-1 win over the Stars to move past them, and London Nationals, into 6th place in the standings.

St. Thomas Anders Adzija got things started at 7:47 of the first period.  1:08 later, Mark MacAulay scored his 4th goal of the season to tie things at 1-1.

The teams would stay dead locked for the rest of the game until Nick Boyer notched the game winner, on the powerplay with Jordan Babb in the box for tripping, at 17:50 of the 3rd period.

I wasn’t at the game, so I can’t tell you how it went, if it was rough, exciting, or boring.  I did listen to part of the first period and it sounded like Dampier was a completely different goalie than on Sat. night, and sometimes that happens.  We all have off-nights and then the next game, you play the game of your life.

It appears that the Rockets outshot the Stars 2-1 (42-21).  There wasn’t a lot of penalties, in fact in the short time I listened to the game, Stars colour-man Andrew Buttigieg commented that the refs, Brian Somes and Pete Bowen, were letting them play.


Wednesday night, LaSalle Vipers hosted  Chatham Maroons.  It was close game and the Maroons skated away with a 2-1 win.  Story from Chatham Daily News.

Maroons defang Vipers again

LASALLE – The Chatham Maroons continued their mastery over the LaSalle Vipers on Wednesday.

Maroons linemates Brayden Hopkins and Jared Dennis scored in the second period for a 2-1 comeback win in front of 711 fans at the Vollmer Recreation Complex.

It was the Maroons’ seventh consecutive win over the Vipers, including a four-game sweep last season in the Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League’s Western Conference semifinals.

Bo Bessette made 31 saves for the Maroons’ season-high third straight win. They improved to 5-2-1.

“It was tight, but we got the victory,” Maroons head coach Mark Davis said. “We got caught taking some penalties in the first period. That’s when they got their goal and when they got the majority of their shots.

“We settled down in the second period and that’s when we got the lead.”

Hopkins tied the game at 7:19 with his fourth goal of the season.

Dennis scored the winner at 17:29.

Centre Steven Beenackers assisted on both goals as the line totalled six points.

“Beenackers was the player of the game,” Davis said. “He was outstanding tonight.”

The Maroons fired 33 shots at Vipers goalie Eli Billing.

Bessette shut out the Vipers (7-2-0) after Graham Pickard scored on a two-man advantage less than five minutes into the game.

“He was solid in between the pipes,” Davis said. “That goal they scored on him was a good goal – top shelf.”

Bessette ranks third in the GOJHL in goals-against average (1.67) and save percentage (.948). He’s allowed one goal or fewer in five of six starts.

However, the 20-year-old will probably have the day off Saturday when the Maroons play in the GOJHL Showcase in St. Catharines. Davis plans to use Jacob Lucier, 19, against the St. Catharines Falcons, then put Bessette back in net Sunday when the Leamington Flyers visit Memorial Arena at 7 p.m.

NOTES: Davis also praised the Maroons’ line of Ian Faubert, Carl Stapleton and Trevor Richardson for a strong game. … The Maroons were 0-for-4 on the power play, dropping their success rate to a conference-worst 9.1%, while the Vipers went 0-for-2. … The Maroons and Vipers will face off again Sunday, Oct. 19, at Memorial Arena. … Three of four games in their semifinal last season were decided by one goal. … The London Nationals beat the St. Marys Lincolns 2-1 in Wednesday’s other game.


Also on Wed., it was another close game for St. Marys Lincolns as they headed to Western Fair to take on London Nationals.  The Nationals squeaked by the Lincolns with a 2-1 win.

London scored both of their goals in the first period.  Drew Worrad scored first at 5:50 and 2:19 later, at 8:09 on the powerplay, Justin Murray made it a 2-0 game.  The Lincolns made a comeback attempt just 35 seconds into the second period as Rai DiLoreto scored his 3rd goal of the season.

I see there were very few penalties in the game.  I haven’t seen St. Marys play yet this season, so either both teams behaved or referees Bob Wright and Chris Thornton let them play.

Nationals goalie Logan Ferrington picked up the win, stopping 15 of 16 shots.  His record is now 1-1, goals against average is 1.51 and save percentage is 0.940.

Lincolns goalie Andrew Masters took the loss, making 35 saves of 37 shots.  His record is now 0-6-2, goals against average is 4.63 and save percentage is 0.904.


Thursday night, Leamington Flyers hosted Strathroy Rockets.  The Rockets were coming off two wins against St. Thomas and were looking to make it 3 straight.  After being down 2-0, Leamington stormed back and won the game 6-3.  Story by C. Scott Holland.

Flyers Stun Rockets With Six In Third; Win 6-3

by C. Scott Holland

Third period woes continue to haunt the Strathroy Rockets.  The way they played for 40 minutes Thursday night, the visitors should have taken two points from the Flyers, but a third period meltdown allowed the hometown Flyers to tab six unanswered goals and rally to beat Strathroy 6-3 at the Heinz arena in Leamington in front of 540 fans.

On a night when the Flyers looked rather ordinary and uninspired on their home ice, the Rockets pegged a goal in the first and second periods and clung to a precious 2-0 lead entering the third. By that time, the contest had become more of a sideshow of constant penalties rather than a back and forth hockey game. However, during a two minute early third blitz Leamington jumped out to a 3-2 lead and then poured it on in the final minutes to seal the victory over Strathroy.

The Rockets grabbed the lead near the five minute mark of the opening frame when Dan Chapman’s feed to Jack Kilgour was blasted towards Flyers starting netminder Trevor Wheaton, eluded him and found its way just inside the left goal post.

Things appeared pretty even in the opening stanza, but in the second frame hardly a minute passed by without a penalty being called. With almost three minutes remaining in the period, Kilgour and Chapman hooked up once again to connect with Nick Griffin. Griffin unleashed a high shot that bounded in off the post and gave the Rockets a 2-0 edge.

Both teams came out to play hockey in the third, and it was Leamington who showed Strathroy the moves. It all began at 3:35 when Kyle Quick and Blake Rutchkj worked the puck behind the Strathroy net before feeding JP Grineau, who was anchored in the slot and ripped a shot to Rockets’ starter Mat Ouellet’s left. That marker put the Flyers on the scoreboard and ended any shutout bid.  At 5:26, Quick and Mitchell Amante set up Thomas Virban’s screen shot from the left side which found the target and knotted the game. Just 9 seconds later at 5:35, Kyle Perkowski flipped a shot from the Strathroy corner and Eric Henderson deftly raised his stick about waist high and batted it past Ouellet. Although there was some discussion with the refs from the Strathroy coaching staff on whether it was a legitimate goal by Henderson, after a brief talk the refs let the Leamington goal stand and it was suddenly a  3-2 contest.

From that juncture on, the Rockets and Flyers both felt they had something to prove and it was a hard-fought contest the rest of the way.

At 8:21, Flyers defenseman Blaine Bechard and the Rockets Lucas Latina decided to do some dancing and five finger exchanges in the Flyers’ zone. It was a spirited scrap with Latina laying a few licks in before Bechard leveled Latina to the ice. Both received fighting and roughing, penalties as well as game misconducts for the tussle. The Flyers made it a 4-2 score when Mark MacAulay was sidelined for a highstick call. Flyers forward Kyle Perkowski gave a clinic on showmanship and ability as he zoomed down the right lane, closed in on Ouellet and then made a magnificent backhand move to tab the powerplay goal at 9:12. On the heels of that play, the Rockets reasserted pressure as they notched their own powerplay goal. Sam Vokes and Jack Kilgour hooked passes with Brett Dalton who cranked out a left side bullet that was in and out of the net extremely fast. But it was signalled as a goal by the ref who was in position to see it.

Hanging onto a slim 4-3 lead, Strathroy’s Nick Whitworth took a slashing penalty at 18:11 and for the next 35 seconds Flyers defenseman and occasional forward JP Grineau singlehandedly delivered the knockout blow. The hard work of Jacob McGhee and Quick allowed Grineau to blast a powerplay goal at 18:31. That tally put the Rockets behind 5-3. Next, Strathroy had lifted Ouellet for an extra-attacker just before one minute was left to play, but Colin Moore’s hustle kept the puck along the left boards just outside the Flyers’ zone and Grineau stripped the puck out and golfed a shot that sailed into the vacated net to make it a 6-3 contest.

Powerplays were definitely a factor as the Flyers went two for five while the Flyers’ defense stifled Strathroy holding them to one man advantage tally on 10 tries.

The Rockets outshot the Flyers 32-30.

It will be a big weekend for both teams as they head to St. Catharines for the annual Talent Showcase. Strathroy will play Stratford at 3:30 pm while the Flyers host Ancaster at 1 pm.

Strathroy will then be off until a Fri. Oct. 17 contest in St.Marys and return home Sat. Oct. 18 to host London.

For the Flyers, it’s an exceptionally busy week of action as they will be on the road to play in Chatham Sunday night at 7 pm, then in LaSalle Wednesday at 7 pm, before hosting Chatham Thurs. Oct. 16.


The other game on Thurs. was Sarnia Legionnaires vs. LaSalle Vipers.  It was a re-match from last week and Sarnia continued their perfect record with a 4-2 win.  Story by Jon Maillet, Lambton Shield.

The Streak Continues

Jon Maillet

Cody Trowell nets three goals in a 4-2 win over the LaSalle Vipers to extend the Legionnaires winning streak to 10 straight games.

The Sarnia Legionnaires faced a different LaSalle Vipers team than they did last week in LaSalle, a game that saw the Legionnaires control the play all night leading to a 7-2 win. The second meeting between the top two teams in the GOJHL’s Western Conference.

Coach Dan Rose admits it wasn’t the best hockey his team has played, but was certainly happy with the win.

“It was a sloppy game tonight, it wasn’t our best effort, we’ve been off for a week and I thought we came out flat” said Dan Rose after the game. “The boys grinded it out and kept working hard, we stayed out of the penalty box tonight. Hunter Johnson kept us in it in that second period, he played really well.” He continued, of course Hunter Johnson picked up his sixth win of the season stopping 30 of 32 shots thrown his way, good enough to be named the games third star.

The Legionnaires led after the first 2-1, and managed to go up 3-1 in the second period after Cody Trowell scored his second of the game. The Vipers battled back however to cut the lead to 3-2 after Manny Silverio won the face off clean, back to Graham Pickard whose quick release beat Hunter Johnson late in the second period.

Things began to hear up in the final minute of the second period, a couple of nasty hits led to a large scrum that resulted in 52 penalty minutes being handed out to both teams. The fans were expecting some fireworks in the final frame, instead calmer heads prevailed.

“We don’t have to talk to this group that much, they are talking on the bench, you know ‘let’s stay out of the crap, stay focused we want the win’ that’s going to happen, it’s an intense game out there and they want to beat us. There’s a lot of energy out there and that’s not a bad thing, I think the fans got their money tonight” Rose said of his team being able to calm down between periods.

The third period began with the Vipers pressing to tie, however it was Cody Trowell scoring the only goal in the final frame to complete the hat trick and seal the 4-2 win to keep this streak alive.

“It was a bit of a slow start for the boys, but we battled back as we have been lately and pulled off with it, we’re happy with it” Cody Trowell said of the game, “me and my line mates have been clicking and mostly we have just been having fun and working hard and that’s what comes with our production” continued Trowell on how well he has started the season, as he and line ate Davis Boyer are tied for second in points in the GOJHL with 18, Trowell now has 11 goals and 7 assists in his first 10 games this season, Boyer who assisted all three of Trowell’s goals has four goals and 14 assists. Both Trowell and Boyer are only three points back of the league leader Austin Wright who has 10 goals and 11 assists with Niagara Falls in the Golden Horseshoe Conference.

The Legionnaires are now just one win away from tying the 2002 Sarnia Blast’s record for most consecutive wins, the Blast won 11 consecutive games from January 5 to February 8, the biggest win streak in recent memory. Of course, the franchise record for most consecutive wins and best start belongs to e 1989/90 Sarnia Ranson Bee’s who started their season with 18 straight wins.

In order for the Legionnaires to make it 11 straight, they will need to do it in the only inter conference game of the season, the GOJHL Showcase Weekend takes place is Saturday, the Legionnaires (10-0-0) will face the Thorold Blackhawks (4-4-1) in St Catherine’s, puck drops at 12:30 p.m.


Here are your standings heading into Thanksgiving.


Sarnia 10 10 0 0 20 1.000 57 28 177 6-0-0 4-0-0
Leamington 10 8 2 0 16 .800 42 24 262 4-1-0 4-1-0
LaSalle 10 7 3 0 14 .700 44 28 263 3-2-0 4-1-0
Chatham 8 5 2 1 11 .688 32 23 189 2-2-0 3-0-1
Lambton Shores 8 4 4 0 8 .500 23 34 159 3-2-0 1-2-0
London 9 3 6 0 6 .333 24 27 185 3-1-0 0-5-0
Strathroy 11 3 8 0 6 .273 27 43 212 2-2-0 1-6-0
St. Thomas 8 2 5 1 5 .313 22 31 119 1-2-1 1-3-0
St. Marys 10 0 8 2 2 .100 14 47 144 0-4-1 0-4-1


This weekend, of course, is the Showcase in the St. Catharines.  All 26 teams will be in attendance at the Seymour-Hannah Complex playing a cross-over game.  I will be there all day, first game is 10:20 am with Pelham Pirates vs. Brantford 99er’s, and the last game is 8:30 pm with Niagara Falls Canucks vs. Cambridge Winterhawks.


There are some regular Conference games this weekend.

Friday, October 10

St. Thomas Stars vs. Lambton Shores Predators – 7:30 Timken Centre

St. Marys Lincolns vs. London Nationals – 7:30 Pyramid Rec Centre

Sunday, October 12

Chatham Maroons vs. Leamington Flyers – 7:00 Chatham Memorial


Besides the Showcase, I won’t be at any Conference games.  I’m going to Niagara tonight and I’m hoping to make it to either St. Catharines Falcons vs. Welland Canadians or Niagara Falls Canucks vs. Caledonia Pro-Fit Corvairs.

As for what’s actually happening this weekend, I think any of those 3 games will be a good game to go to.  St. Marys is working hard to get their first win of the season, and I think it will happen soon.


Happy Thanksgiving everyone.  If you can, be sure to make it out to a game, and I’ll see you all again on Monday.

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