Weekend Recap – Oct. 17-19

Hello fellow hockey fans.  Hope you had a good weekend.  We had 5 games in the West this weekend, so let’s take a look at how they went.


The first game was Friday night when St. Thomas Stars hosted Lambton Shores Predators.  I had said in my recap on Fri. that this game was at Timken, but it was actually at Memorial.  I’m hoping their next game at Memorial is when we’re not playing so I can go.  I always liked going to St. Thomas Memorial.

Anyways, last Friday, St. Thomas defeated the Preds 5-0, so I expected this would be a good game.  This week, the Stars won 6-2.  Story from Pointstreak.

Huge game by Grzelewski boosts St. Thomas over Lambton Shores, 6-2

The St. Thomas Stars’ Zach Grzelewski had a big offensive game, scoring four goals and contributing one assist in his team’s 6-2 win over the Lambton Shores Predators.

Grzelewski got on the scoresheet 11:35 into the first period. He then added goals at 18:48 into the second, at 1:26 into the third, and at 17:24 into the third.

St. Thomas’ penalty kill excelled, as the Stars gave up zero goals despite allowing seven power plays.

St. Thomas stifled Lambton Shores’ power play, and did not give up a single goal while down a man. The Stars forced the Predators goalie Andrew Harriman-Duke to work between the pipes, taking 45 shots. St. Thomas outdid its season average for goals scored. The Stars average 3.1 goals per game.

St. Thomas also got points from John Warren, who also had one goal and one assist and Andrew Chambers, who also racked up one goal and one assist. Other players who recorded assists for St. Thomas were Dane Johnstone, who had two and Carson Moniz, Adam Truax, and Carter McCormick, who each chipped in one.

Lambton Shores racked up the penalties in the contest, and ended with eight minors and one major for 71 minutes in penalty time. The total exceeded the 25.0 minutes per game the Predators had been spending in the box. Lambton Shores excelled on the penalty kill, not giving up a single goal in seven chances. The defensemen of the Predators were also effective in St. Thomas’ zone, and came away with two goals.

Lambton Shores was led by Franco Sproveiro, who registered two goals. Sproveiro scored the first of his two goals at 8:18 into the first period to make the score 1-0 Lambton Shores. Ty Jackson assisted on the tally. Sproveiro’s next tally made the score 5-2 St. Thomas with 13:39 left in the third period. Sean Ross picked up the assist.

Nikolas Dampier took the win and made 22 saves before being replaced by Dan Black who made zero saves. The Stars ended with 17 minutes in penalty time with six minors and one major. Harriman-Duke rejected 39 shots on goal for the Predators. Lambton Shores ran into serious disciplinary problems during the contest, and Brent Hammett was ejected from the game.


The other game on Friday was St. Marys Lincolns hosting Strathroy Rockets.  The teams were tied at 2-2 heading into the 3rd period, when the Rockets picked it up and took the game 5-2.  Story from Pointstreak.

Huge game by MacAulay boosts Strathroy over St. Marys, 5-2

The Strathroy Rockets Mark MacAulay had a big offensive game, scoring one goal and contributing two assists in his team’s 5-2 win over the St. Marys Lincolns.

MacAulay beat Andrew Masters with a shot 10:00 into the third period to make the score 4-2 Strathroy. Kurtis Sander picked up the assist. MacAulay dished an assist on Brett Dalton’s goal that made the score 1-0 Strathroy at 10:40 into the first period. He added another helper on Dan Chapman’s goal that made the score 3-2 Strathroy at 5:57 into the third period.

Strathroy’s penalty kill was spotless, allowing no goals on four St. Marys power plays. The Rockets offense rang up 44 shots on St. Marys’ net. Strathroy’s goal total was higher than its season average. The Rockets average 2.7 goals per game.

Strathroy also got points from Nick Boyer, who also had one goal and one assist. Tyler Duarte also scored for Strathroy. In addition, Strathroy received assists from Dalton Good, Nick Whitworth, Nick Griffin, and Eddie Schulz, who each chipped in one.

The Lincolns excelled on the penalty kill, not giving up a single goal in four chances.

St. Marys was helped by Graham Brulotte, who registered one goal. Brulotte scored 5:14 into the second period to make the score 2-1 Strathroy. Sean O’Brien provided the assist. St. Marys also got a goal from Colin Nancekivell as well. More assists for St. Marys came via Evan Krassey and Chace Duckworth, who contributed one each.

Mat Ouellet recorded 22 saves for Strathroy.

The Rockets incurred 18 minutes in penalty time with four minors. The Lincolns’ Masters stopped 39 shots out of the 44 that he faced. St. Marys incurred 20 minutes in penalty time with five minors.


On Saturday night, Lambton Shores was looking to redeem themselves from their loss Fri. as they hosted first place Sarnia Legionnaires.  The Legionnaires pulled out a 3-1 win, to tie their franchise record of 13 straight wins at the start of a season.  Story from Lambton Shield.

Sarnia Legionnaires tie franchise record for consecutive wins

By Jon Maillet


The Sarnia Legionnaires continue to win, extending their streak to 13 straight wins now and tied the 1989/90 Sarnia Ranson Bee’s for the franchise record for most consecutive wins.

Sarnia scored three unanswered goals Saturday night to down the Lambton Shores Predators 3-1 at the Shores Recreation Centre.

Ethan Sarfati opened the scoring for the Predators just 29 seconds into the game, Colin Burns and Franco Sproveiro picked up the assists.

That, however, was the only goal that Hunter Johnson allowed, stopping 29 of 30 shots to notch his eighth win of the season.

Sarnia got goals from Riley Roberts, Ryan Vendrmin and Cody Trowell. Ryan Vendramin has been a welcome addition to an already strong Legionnaires roster, scoring in each of his first two games back with the Jr B squad and adding three assists.

For Cody Trowell, his third period goal tied him with Danny Hanlon of the Waterloo Siskins for the league lead in goals with 13.

The Legionnaires will now look to set the franchise record for most consecutive wins, but they will have to wait as they will sit idle until Saturday when they play back to back road games starting with Strathroy and ending Sunday in Chatham.


The other game on Sat. was Strathroy hosting London Nationals.  The Rockets were looking to build off their win Fri. night and it looked that way, until the Nats stormed back to tie the game and then take the lead with just over 1 min. left in regulation.  Nationals got the 2 points with a 4-3 win.  Story from Pointstreak.

London wins tough contest against Strathroy, 4-3

The London Nationals gutted out a close 4-3 win against the Strathroy Rockets.

Neither team gained more than a one-goal lead, and Austin Kemp’s goal in the third period proved to be the difference maker.

Trevor Dulong had one goal and two assists to lead London. Dulong scored 8:46 into the first period to make the score 1-0 London. Drew Worrad picked up the assist.

Strathroy was unable to stop the Nationals from sending pucks towards the net, and London eventually piled up 45 shots on goal.

London additionally got points from Kemp, who also tallied one goal and one assist and Worrad, who also racked up one goal and one assist. Michael Woolley also scored for London. In addition, London received assists from Kevin Madden, who had one.

The Rockets penalty kill was spotless, allowing no goals on three London power plays. Strathroy’s offense rang up 38 shots on the Nationals net.

The Rockets were helped by Nick Boyer, who registered one goal and one assist. Boyer scored 19:10 into the first period to make the score 2-1 Strathroy. Stuart King assisted on the tally. Strathroy also got points from King, who also finished with one goal and one assist. Strathroy also got a goal from Matt Laberge as well. More assists for Strathroy came via Jack Kilgour, Brett Dalton, Nick Griffin, and Dan Chapman, who each chipped in one.

Justin Tugwell made 35 saves for London on 38 shots. The Nationals ended with 36 minutes in penalty time with three minors and two majors. For London, Justin Murray and Kyle Robinson were ejected from the contest.

Mat Ouellet recorded 41 saves for Strathroy. The Rockets totaled 33 minutes in penalty time with four minors and one major and went 0-for-2 on the power play. Strathroy ran into serious disciplinary problems during the contest, and Mark MacAulay was ejected from the game.


Sunday night, Chatham Maroons hosted LaSalle Vipers.  The Maroons proved to be too much as they skated away with an 8-3 win.  Story from Chatham Daily News.

Maroons win eighth straight over Vipers

By Mark Malone


Facing the LaSalle Vipers brought out the best in the Chatham Maroons again Sunday.

The Maroons ran their winning streak over the Vipers to eight games with an 8-3 victory in front of 642 fans at Memorial Arena.

The streak includes a four-game sweep in the GOJHL Western Conference semifinals last season.

“It’s always a big matchup against LaSalle,” said Maroons forward Steven Beenackers, who had a goal and an assist. “It’s always a game guys look forward to playing. There’s always been a rivalry. …

“Everybody just steps up for some reason. We play for the occasion and come out firing and do what we have to do to get the win.”

Tied 2-2 after one period, the Maroons pulled away by outscoring the Vipers 3-0 in the second.

“We came in the room and thought we had a lot more to give than we gave in the first,” Beenackers said.

Jared Dennis scored 43 seconds into the game and finished with two goals. Brennan Feasey added a goal and two assists, and Michael Verboom, Alexander Morgan, Brayden Hopkins and Michael Levesque also scored.

Bo Bessette made 21 saves as the Maroons improved to 7-4-1. They’re one point behind the Vipers for third place.

“It’s just keeping it simple,” Hopkins said. “That’s all we’re doing. The boys are coming together as a team and we’re starting to roll.”

One line that’s been rolling almost since Day 1 is the trio of Beenackers, Dennis and Hopkins. They combined for four goals and six points Sunday.

Their lockers are close together, so they often pick each other’s brains in the dressing room and talk about how the line is doing.

“We’re always together,” Hopkins said. “Off the ice, we’re hanging out. I’ve got two good linemates that are always making the right play first.

“Again, it’s keeping it simple. Not doing anything too fancy. It’s putting your head down and bringing your lunch pail to work.”

Their line can also match up physically with any in the conference. Beenackers is 6’3”, 190 lbs; Hopkins is 6′, 237 lbs; and Dennis is 6’2”, 195 lbs.

“We’re just three all-around players and we use our size to our advantage,” Beenackers said. “When we get the puck down low, it’s pretty hard to stop our line.”

Connor Rosaasen, Daniel Beaudoin and Eric Kirby scored for the Vipers.

Paolo Battisti and Eli Billing combined for 29 saves. Each allowed four goals.

The Maroons outscored the Vipers 6-1 in the final two periods, and that’s how Beenackers wants them to play more often.

“That’s how we want to play every game,” he said. “That’s how we know we can play. We just have to bring it game in, game out.”

NOTES: Levi Tetrault had two assists. … John Bowen and Dede Cato were tossed for fighting LaSalle’s Nikko Sablone and Rosaasen, respectively. … Chatham was 0-for-5 on the power play and gave up another short-handed goal. LaSalle was 1-for-6. … The Maroons host the London Nationals at 7 p.m. Thursday, travel to St. Thomas on Friday and host the Sarnia Legionnaires at 7 p.m. Sunday.


Here are the standings


Sarnia 13 13 0 0 26 1.000 83 34 251 8-0-0 5-0-0
Leamington 14 10 4 0 20 .714 61 43 382 5-2-0 5-2-0
LaSalle 13 8 5 0 16 .615 53 42 382 4-3-0 4-2-0
Chatham 12 7 4 1 15 .625 54 45 296 4-3-0 3-1-1
Lambton Shores 12 5 7 0 10 .417 32 51 313 4-3-0 1-4-0
St. Thomas 12 4 6 2 10 .417 37 39 194 3-2-1 1-4-1
London 13 4 8 1 9 .346 33 43 266 3-2-1 1-6-0
Strathroy 14 4 10 0 8 .286 38 55 269 2-4-0 2-6-0
St. Marys 14 1 11 2 4 .143 26 69 220 1-5-1 0-6-1



Coming up this week:

Wednesday, October 22

LaSalle Vipers vs. Lambton Shores Predators – 7:00 Vollmer Rec Centre

London Nationals vs. St. Thomas Stars – 7:30 Western Fair

Thursday, October 22

Chatham Maroons vs. London Nationals – 7:00 Chatham Memorial

Leamington Flyers vs. St. Marys Lincolns – 7:10 Heinz Arena


I’m thinking the games on Wed. will be good ones.  I’m hoping to make it to the Nats & Stars game to do some blog work.


See you all on Friday again and have a good week!

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