Games of the Week – Oct. 22-23

Hello hockey fans.  Sorry this is late again today, but my job does take precedence.  This week saw 4 games in the West.

 

The first game was Wed. night when LaSalle Vipers hosted Lambton Shores Predators.  The Vipers took the game 7-3 and from Pointstreak, it looks like it was a war.  Summary from www.lasallevipers.com

Vipers blow out Predators in hotly contested game

The LaSalle Vipers scored seven straight to rally from an early two-goal deficit, downing the Lambton Shores Predators 7-3 Wednesday night at the Vollmer Centre.

LaSalle (9-5-0) surrendered two goals in a span of 87 seconds midway through the first period, but leading goal scorer Brett Primeau swatted home a loose puck in the slot to bring the homeside back to within a goal.

Manny Silverio scored early in the second, touching off a blitz of Viper goals which saw LaSalle take a 5-2 lead into the dressing room after 40 minutes.

Included in the barrage was Liam MacDougall, called up from the Jr. C Lakeshore Canadiens, scoring his first Jr. B goal, Daniel Beaudoin striking short-handed and Primeau notching his second of the game on a Vipers power play.

Vipers alternate captain Korey Morgan and Silverio each scored power play goals in the first two minutes of the third period to effectively put the game out of reach.

Lambton’s Brendan Trottier pushed one across late to cap the scoring.

“We’re working hard, we’re taking the body and we’re doing good on the PK,” Morgan says. “Hopefully we can keep the ball rolling and keep on working hard.”

The Vipers penalty kill, which entered the game with a league-best success 93% rate, killed off four of five Predators power play chances.

Eli Billing stopped 25 shots in the win, while Anthony Hurtubise took the loss for the Predators. He was yanked after LaSalle’s second period onslaught, but returned to close out the game after replacement Andrew Harriman-Duke was ejected for roughing up Vipers forward Brendan Harrogate.

In all, the Predators had seven misconduct penalties, including two for checking from behind less than a minute apart. The Vipers had 24 minutes in penalties.

“That’s their game, that’s not really our game,” Morgan says. “We have to stay disciplined and stay out of the box.”

The Vipers next contest is Wednesday, Oct. 29 when they will host the Strathroy Rockets in a Halloween-themed game, sponsored by Zerhr’s Markets in LaSalle.

There will be free candy and a costume contest, with prizes for adults and childrens, provided by Zehrs. Game time is 7 pm.

 

The other game on Wed. was London Nationals hosting St. Thomas Stars.  The Nationals defeated the Stars 4-2.  I was at this game and in my personal opinion, it was not very eventful.  The physicality picked up a bit in the 3rd, but overall, I didn’t leave saying, that was a good game.  Story from London Community News.

London Nationals double up 4-2 over the St. Thomas Stars

By Mike Maloney

http://www.londoncommunitynews.com/sports-story/4939189-london-nationals-double-up-4-2-over-the-st-thomas-stars/

Things are starting to look up for the London Nationals, both on the ice and in the standings.

On Wednesday night (Oct. 22), London managed to post their second win in as many games with a convincing 4-2 win over the St. Thomas Stars.

With a confidence building 4-3 win over the Strathroy Rockets on Saturday (Oct. 18) in their back pocket, the Nationals might have been a little too cocky when they took the ice against St. Thomas at the Western Fair District Sports Centre, finding themselves out shot 12-6 and trailing by a score of 1-0 at the end of the first period.

There the score remained until the very final second of the second period when playing short-handed, Derek Di Iorio set up Austin Kemp for his fifth goal of the season to tie the score at 1-1.

Carrying that momentum into the third, Drew Worrad would make it 2-1, exiting the penalty box and picking up a pass from Kevin Madden, then skating in on Stars netminder Nikolas Dampier and banging a shot home from the right side of the net.

Two minutes later, Derek Todosichuk struck again for London, notching his fourth of the season before another power play goal, this one by Tanner Lafrance put the Nationals out front 4-1 with just over five minutes left to play.

Forward Dane Johnstone cut that margin in half with his first goal wearing the St. Thomas Stars colours, but that would be it for either side as London skated out the remaining four minutes to victory.

Nationals netminder Logan Ferrington recorded his second win of the season, turning away 27 of 29 shots his way while at the other end of the rink, Nikolas Dampier made a total of 33 saves on 37 shots for the Stars.

The Nationals now sit fifth in the Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League Western Conference standings with a record of 5-8-1, one point ahead of both Lambton Shores and St. Thomas who sit tied for sixth with 10 points each.

London’s next game is on Thursday (Oct. 23) when the squad treks west to Chatham for a date with the Maroons.

The Stars get to sit another night, not playing again until Friday when Strathroy drops into the St. Thomas Community Centre.

 

In a rare Thurs. night home game, Chatham Maroons hosted London Nationals.  It looks like it was a battle right until the final buzzer with the Nats edging the Maroons 7-6.  Story from CKSN.

Maroons Suffer Offensive Loss

http://cksn.ca/2014/10/chatham-maroons-suffer-offensive-loss/

It was an offensive loss, literally, for the Chatham Maroons Thursday night, as the Chatham Maroons dropped an offense filled 7-6 decision to the visiting London Nationals after allowing three late goals.

Derek Todosichuk opened the scoring for the London Nationals, and was a force all night, finishing with four points. Chatham’s Trevor Richardson would answer back in the first period, but London would respond in the final seconds of the period to hold a 2-1 lead after one.

Todosichuk again opened the second period scoring, but Chatham would take over in the second. Alex Morgan and Brennan Feasey scored powerplay goals for the Chatham Maroons, while Jared Dennis and Steven Szekesy notched even strength markers.

With Chatham leading 5-4 heading into the third period, the Maroons looked to have things locked up after Alex Morgan scored his second of the game to open the scoring in the third, and put the Maroons ahead 6-4.

Chatham however, wouldn’t score again, while the London Nationals would score three unanswered goals, capped off by Drew Worrad’s second goal and fifth point of the evening, a shorthanded effort to secure the victory for London.

Chatham will try to get back in the win column Friday when they travel to St. Marys, before hosting the first place, undefeated Sarnia Legionnaires Sunday at Memorial Arena.

 

The last game this week was Leamington Flyers vs. the struggling St. Marys Lincolns.  Flyers took the win 3-0.  Story by C. Scott Holland.

Flyers Blank Lincolns

It was a relatively lacklustre game for both teams, but for the struggling St. Marys Lincolns there were a few positive signs. Having been embarrassed 7-1 in their last visit to Heinz arena, the Lincolns played hard against the second place Flyers who initially looked as though they were taking a night off. But once the second frame rolled around, the Flyers came out and displayed much of the poise and ability which has put them near the top of the standings this season.

The contest began with a moment of silence honouring the two military men who passed away due to terrorist attacks in Ottawa and Quebec.

The Lincs’ head coach Merlin Malinowski was back on the bench and his starting goalie Andrew Masters had a rather busy night as Masters turned aside 36 Flyers’ shots hurtled his way, while Leamington’s Trevor Wheaton earned his third career shutout with 13 saves.

Penalties were not a factor in this contest as both sides went zero for two with the man advantage.

The Flyers opened the scoring with what would be the only goal they would need to gain the victory at 16:57. Zach Guilbeault and Ryan Muzzin manoeuvred the puck to Blaine Bechard whose blast eluded Masters. Not one penalty was whistled during the opening 20 minute stanza and the Flyers outshot the Lincs 15-4.

In the second, the Flyers maintained a high level of puck control while the game turned grittier as more battles evolved along the boards and in the corners. At 13:10, Cale Allen hooked a pass to Eric Shaw, who was flying down the ice just to the right of the slot and unleashed a cannon shot that sailed past Masters outstretched glove and gave the Flyers a cozy 20 lead.

Things heated up a tad 38 seconds into the third when Leamington’s Alex Friesen and St. Marys’ Colin Nancekivell took co-incidental minors around the Lincs’ net. Then, at 1:19, Thomas Virban and Cale Allen sent Colin Moore into the Lincs’ zone and Moore rifled a long drive which didn’t even make Masters flinch.

The Flyers gave the Lincolns two opportunities to get on the board via a powerplay, but the Flyers’ defensive corps was stingy and permitted only 5 shots In the frame.

When the final buzzer sounded the Flyers had won 3-0 and outshot the Lincs 39-13.

The Flyers will play in Lambton Sat. Oct. 25, then travel to Sarnia for a Tues. Oct. 28 game and return home for a Thurs. Oct. 30 match vs their cross-county rivals the LaSalle Vipers.

 

Standings heading into this last full weekend of October.

 

TEAM GP W L OTL PTS PCT GF GA PIM HOME AWAY
Sarnia 13 13 0 0 26 1.000 83 34 251 8-0-0 5-0-0
Leamington 15 11 4 0 22 .733 64 43 388 6-2-0 5-2-0
LaSalle 14 9 5 0 18 .643 60 45 406 5-3-0 4-2-0
Chatham 13 7 5 1 15 .577 60 52 304 4-4-0 3-1-1
London 15 6 8 1 13 .433 44 51 284 4-2-1 2-6-0
Lambton Shores 13 5 8 0 10 .385 35 58 351 4-3-0 1-5-0
St. Thomas 13 4 7 2 10 .385 39 43 196 3-2-1 1-5-1
Strathroy 14 4 10 0 8 .286 38 55 269 2-4-0 2-6-0
St. Marys 15 1 12 2 4 .133 26 72 226 1-5-1 0-7-1

 

 

Coming up this weekend

Friday, October 24

St. Thomas Stars vs. Strathroy Rockets – 7:30 Timken Centre

St. Marys Lincolns vs. Chatham Maroons – 7:30 Pyramid Rec Centre

Saturday, October 25

Lambton Shores Predators vs. Leamington Flyers – 7:30 Shores Rec Centre

Strathroy Rockets vs. Sarnia Legionnaires – 7:30 West Middlesex Memorial

Sunday, October 26

Strathroy Rockets vs. Lambton Shores Predators – 2:30 West Middlesex Memorial

Chatham Maroons vs. Sarnia Legionnaires – 7:00 Chatham Memorial

 

It’s a 3-fer for me this weekend, it’ll be my 2nd this season.  As for the games, I’m not sure you can go wrong with any of the 6 that are happening.

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