Games of the Week for Oct. 15-16

Happy Friday!  I hope everyone had a good week.  I’m sorry that this was late.  I’ve been waiting for a story to be posted on the Lambton Shield about last night’s game in Sarnia.

 

This week saw 4 games in the Western Conference.  On Wednesday night, both games went to a shoot out.

 

Wed. at the Vollmer Rec Centre, LaSalle Vipers took on St. Thomas Stars.  It appears to have been a back and forth game.  Vipers won 4-3 in a shoot out.  Story from www.lasallevipers.com

Vipers top Stars in dramatic fashion, 4-3 in shootout

The LaSalle Vipers topped the St. Thomas Stars in a thrilling 4-3 shootout win in front of 732 on Fan Appreciation Night, Wednesday at the Vollmer Centre.

Prior to the game, the Vipers recognized their very first season ticket holders, the Loewen family, who have supported the team since their inaugural season in 2008.

Nikko Sablone’s first Jr. B goal, at 4:05 of the first period, gave LaSalle an early lead but Stars forward John Warren knotted the score before the period was up.

Carson Brookshaw gave St. Thomas the lead just 11 seconds into the middle frame, but the Vipers responded with the game’s next two goals, coming off the sticks of Daniel Beaudoin and Manny Silverio.

The Stars once again came out strong, tying things up at three goals apiece just over two minutes into the third.

Neither team managed another  goal through the remainder of regulation and five minutes of overtime, setting the stage for the dramatic finish.

“We had a couple guys out tonight so we knew we all had to come together as a team,” says Vipers alternate captain Nathan Veres.

LaSalle was missing forwards Nathan Savage and Brendan Harrogate to injury, plus defencemen Brett Langlois and Brendan McGhee, as well as forward Rio Anzlon, to suspension.

Stars captain Spencer Hutchinson was the first shooter, and slipped one past Vipers goaltender Eli Billling after initially losing the puck. Brett Primeau responded for LaSalle, beating Stars netminder Dan Black fivehole.

Billing, who made 27 saves in regulation and overtime, extended his left pad to stop John Warren.

Silverio then scored on a perfectly executed ‘Petr Forsberg’ move, drawing the goaltender out of the net with a deke and slipping it around him with one hand, to put LaSalle ahead.

“That’s my go-to move,” Silverio said of his shoot out winner. “I probably had five or six last year in midget major.”

Billing robbed St. Thomas forward Zach Grzelewski with the glove to seal the win.

“I knew Manny was going to do that because he always does it to me in practice,” Billing says. “It was great to see the fans were fired up.”

The Vipers improved to 8-4-0 with the victory, while the Stars fell to 3-7-1.

LaSalle’s next game is Sunday night in Chatham, where they’ll take on the Maroons.

This is a link to some photos by Devan Mighton for this game.

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.383667528451022.1073741974.247658828718560&type=1

 

The other game was London Nationals hosting Leamington Flyers at the Western Fair.  The Flyers picked up the 2 points in a 4-3 shoot out win.

Tanner Lafrance opened the scoring at 8:54 of the first period to give the Nationals a 1-0 lead.  At 7:13 of the second period, Troy Taylor made it a 2-0 Nationals game.

The Flyers stormed back in their usual fashion.  Mitchell Amante got them on the board at 15:21 of the second period.  At 6:06 of the third, he tied the game.  Chris Scott gave the Flyers the lead 9:17.  With 1:25 left in the game, Trevor Dulong tied it for the Nationals sending the game to overtime.

After that solved nothing, the teams were off to a shoot out.  Kyle Perkowski, Scott and Amante were the Flyers shooters, while Kyle Robinson, Drew Worrad and Tanner Ferreira went for the Nationals.  Scott was the only to score of the 6.

 

On Thursday, Leamington and Chatham Maroons had a re-match from their game on Sunday.  The Flyers took the 2 points in a 5-2 game.  Story from C. Scott Holland.

Flyers Contain Maroons For 5-2 Victory

It was another classic contest between these two long time rivals and for a good portion of the game, either side could have taken a good lead. Yet, in the end, it was the Flyers’ defense which stifled the Maroons’ shooters while putting up enough goals to gain a victory.

Coming off a shootout win in London the previous night, the Flyers looked for another win to keep pace with the red-hot Sarnia Legionnaires while the Maroons were attempting to climb back into the thick of things near the top.

For the hometown Flyers, it was a night when they celebrated “Pink On The Rink” as the hometown crew don their special jerseys. Two long time Flyers volunteers, Bonnie McDermott and Cheryl Issell, dropped the ceremonial first puck. McDermott received a pink Flyers jersey with her name on the back. The Flyers wore pink sweaters for the match, which were to be auctioned off to the highest bidder by the game’s conclusion. All monies raised went to breast cancer research.

Much of the contest featured end-to-end rushes. The Maroons at their best did hem the Flyers in their own zone for a serious number of minutes in the third as they applied immense pressure to tie the game, but came away from that situation with hardly a quality shot on net. But shoot they did. Chatham fired 43 shots on Flyers starter Trevor Wheaton while Leamington tabbed 24 on Bo Bessette.

With a crowd of 785 viewing the action, Leamington appeared to stumble a bit out of the gate as they took a needless penalty at the outset. That penalty, a two minute minor for delay of game, was assessed when Colin Moore decided to corral a loose puck as the warm-up time ticked off the last seconds. Moore did not make it off the ice in enough time and so Leamington began the game on a penalty-kill.

Until the final buzzer sounded, the Heinz arena was filled with the buzz of excitement as both sides thrilled their respective supporters. Just 90 seconds into the contest, Flyers veteran forward Chris Scott shot down the ice on a shorthanded breakaway attempt, but lost control of the puck as he neared Bessette. The Flyers had a few good early chances but did not capitalize and the Maroons followed suit.

Near the 9 minute mark, Leamington’s Alex Derksen and Chatham’s Michael Levesque exchanged blows and both were given the heave-ho. Less than a minute elapsed before Chris Scott drove hard from center ice and neatly tucked the puck underneath Bessette as he moved right to left and it was a 1-0 game. But the feisty Maroons battled back to knot the game. At 14:23, Ian Faubert and Mark Fratarcangelli hooked passes with Dede Cato who unleashed a shot that sailed past Wheaton’s outstretched glove.

The second frame featured lots of close action and it was a key period as the hometown Flyers grabbed a lead which they wouldn’t surrender.  Mitchell Amante set up Kyle Quick at 5:48 as they moved into the Chatham zone on a two-on-one breakaway. Amante’s feed came left to right and Quick ripped a shot into the left side of the net.

The night’s entertainment was just beginning though. At 10:26, tempers flared again and Leamington defenseman Blaine Bechard tangled with Steven Beenackers. This one appeared more like a heavyweight bout and Bechard clearly won the matchup. But simultaneously both Brayden Hopkins and Quick were sidelined for the remainder of the period with 10 minute misconducts.

As if the fans had craved something more, the start of the third looked as though the floodgates would open. Zak Parlette and Scott combined to send Amante racing into the Chatham end and Amante used a right to left manoeuvre before snapping a shot that handcuffed Bessette and made it a 4-1 game. Almost immediately on the heels of that, Chatham’s Connor Doran found Mark Fratarcangelli, whose shot from the top of the slot bounded off Wheaton’s blocker and into the net to cut the lead to 4-2.

With Flyer defenceman Ryan Muzzin sidelined in the final minutes with an interference call, Chatham lifted Bessette at 17:42 for an extra-attacker. After a minute of failing to penetrate the Flyers defence, Leamington’s Kyle Perkowski knocked a puck down just inside his own blueline and cranked a shot into the vacant Maroons’ net to make it a 5-2 contest. Bessette was re-inserted for the rest of the game.

Some nastiness which was shown by Chatham’s Trevor Richardson at the final buzzer went without further incident or penalties being called and the Flyers had claimed a win over the Maple City boys.

Powerplay opportunities were few by both teams and neither side scored on their man advantages.

The Flyers, who have played 14 games thus far, will not have any games until they host the St. Marys Lincolns at home next Thursday (Oct. 23).

 

The other game was Sarnia Legionnaires hosting St. Marys Lincolns.  The Legionnaires beat up on the Lincolns 12-4.

I don’t know if it happened, but I had heard that Sarnia’s coach Dan Rose had done the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge not long ago and nominated Bill Bowler of LaSalle and Merlin Malinowski of St. Marys.  I was told that Merlin accepted the challenge and was going to complete it after warm up last night, with Rose doing the honours.  Like I said, not sure if this happened, but if it did, and if anyone has a video, I’d like to see it.

Anyways, Sarnia exploded for 6 goals in the first period, scored by Ryan Vendramin, Riley Roberts, Kyler Keating, Cameron Clarke, Brandon Layman, and Bobby King.  The Lincolns didn’t completely fold, posting 2 goals of their own, from Graham Brulotte and Sean O’Brien.

In the second period, the Legionnaires only scored 2 goals, from Davis Boyer and Jordan Fogarty, to lead the Lincolns 8-2 after 40 min. of play.

St. Marys appears to have attempted a small comeback in the third period.  Jared Lindsay scored on the powerplay to make it 8-3 and Jake Alkins potted one to make it 9-4, but the damage was already done.  Adding the final 4 goals was Roberts, making it a hattrick for the evening, and Boyer and Keating.

With the win, Sarnia is now 12-0 for the season and remains the only undefeated team in the entire GOJHL.

 

Here are your standings

 

TEAM GP W L OTL PTS PCT GF GA PIM HOME AWAY
Sarnia 12 12 0 0 24 1.000 80 33 229 8-0-0 4-0-0
Leamington 14 10 4 0 20 .714 61 43 382 5-2-0 5-2-0
LaSalle 12 8 4 0 16 .667 50 34 362 4-3-0 4-1-0
Chatham 11 6 4 1 13 .591 46 42 274 3-3-0 3-1-1
Lambton Shores 10 5 5 0 10 .500 29 42 206 4-2-0 1-3-0
St. Thomas 11 3 6 2 8 .364 31 37 177 2-2-1 1-4-1
London 12 3 8 1 7 .292 29 40 230 3-2-1 0-6-0
Strathroy 12 3 9 0 6 .250 30 49 216 2-3-0 1-6-0
St. Marys 13 1 10 2 4 .154 24 64 200 1-4-1 0-6-1

 

Coming up this weekend

Friday, October 17

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

St. Marys Lincolns vs. Strathroy Rockets – 7:30 Pyramid Rec Centre

Saturday, October 18

Lambton Shores Predators vs. Sarnia Legionnaires – 7:30 Shores Rec Centre

Strathroy Rockets vs. London Nationals – 7:30 West Middlesex Memorial

Sunday, October 19

Chatham Maroons vs. LaSalle Vipers – 7:00 Chatham Memorial

 

You guys all know where I will be.  For tonight, I actually think St. Thomas and Lambton Shores will be a good game.  The Stars beat the Preds 5-0 last Fri., so the Preds will be looking for some redemption.  Either game tomorrow will be good, and Sun. is probably the game of the weekend.

Enjoy your weekend and I’ll be back on Monday to recap the above 5 games.

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