Weekend Recap – Oct.31-Nov.2

I hope everyone had a good weekend, and a successful Halloween on Friday.

There were 4 games this weekend in the West.  The first game was Fri. night when St. Thomas Stars hosted Chatham Maroons.  It appeared to have been a fairly back and forth game with Chatham picking up the 2 points with a 5-4 win.  Story from Chatham Daily News.

Hopkins scores twice in Maroons’ win


ST. THOMAS – The St. Thomas Stars threw a scare into the Chatham Maroons on Halloween night.

The Maroons wasted a pair of leads in the third period Friday before winning 5-4 in front of 430 fans at the Timken Centre.

Brayden Hopkins scored twice as the Maroons matched their longest winning streak of the season with their third straight victory.

The Stars erased 2-0 and 3-2 deficits before the Maroons pulled out the victory.

“If we ever play three solid periods, we’d be amazing,” Maroons head coach Mark Davis said.

They received goals from some unlikely sources. John Bowen scored his first goal of the season and fellow defenceman Brett Storr scored only his second goal in two years.

“It’s a little bit of a change from the forwards to the ‘D’ (scoring),” Davis said. “It’s good. Changes it around a bit.”

Alexander Morgan also scored and Bo Bessette made 31 saves for the win.

Bowen scored at 9:20 of the third period for a 4-3 lead the Maroons wouldn’t lose.

Morgan followed with the eventual winner on a power play at 14:06 for a 5-3 advantage.

Spencer Hutchinson of the Stars scored an extra-attacker goal with five seconds left.

Storr and Hopkins scored power-play goals in the first period for a 2-0 lead.

Storr has scored in two straight games. Those are his first two goals since scoring in December 2012 with the Wallaceburg Lakers

John Warren and Zach Grzelewski replied as the Stars tied the game by the third period.

“You let a team like that hang around, they’ll find a way to score,” Davis said.

Hopkins and Carter McCormick traded goals 22 seconds apart, but Bowen restored the Maroons’ lead just 14 seconds after McCormick scored.

The Maroons fired 36 shots at Stars goalie Nikolas Dampier.

“We had some chances,” Davis said. “We have to bury them, but he made some saves.”

NOTES: Steven Beenackers had three assists and Steven Szekesy had two. … The Maroons (10-5-1) are third in the GOJHL Western Conference and the Stars (4-10-2) are eighth. … Chatham was 3-for-8 on the power play and St. Thomas was 0-for-5.


The second game on Fri. was St. Marys Lincolns hosting London Nationals.  The Nationals skated away with a 3-1 win over the Lincolns.  Story from Pointstreak.

Ferrington stymies St. Marys, London wins 3-1

The London Nationals relied on the sparkling performance of Logan Ferrington in net to grab a 3-1 win against the St. Marys Lincolns.

London pulled out the victory even though they were hit with 53 penalty minutes.

The Nationals were led by Austin Kemp, who grabbed one goal. Kemp scored 25 seconds into the second period to make the score 2-1 London. Scott Goodman picked up the assist.

London forced St. Marys goalie Andrew Masters to work between the pipes, taking 38 shots.

London also had goals scored by Derek Todosichuk and Matt Bean, who scored one goal each. In addition, London received assists from Justin Murray, Mitchell Kreis, Andrew Kim, Colin Wilson, and Drew Worrad, who contributed one each.

The Lincolns kept the Nationals’ goalie busy throughout the game, and Ferrington made 32 saves on 33 shots. The team could not crack London’s penalty kill and was held to one power play goal while having 10 opportunities to play with the man advantage. St. Marys could not stay out of the penalty box, as the team accrued 46 minutes in penalties during the game.

The Lincolns were led by Rai DiLoreto, who scored the team’s only goal. Di Loreto scored on the power play 13:25 into the first period to make the score 1-1. St. Marys had taken the advantage when the Nationals’ Trevor Dulong got sent off for slashing. Natham Smith assisted on the tally.

London registered one goal on seven power play opportunities. For the Nationals, Todosichuk was ejected from the game. Masters made 35 saves for the Lincolns on 38 shots. St. Marys ran into serious disciplinary problems during the contest, and CJ Griffith was ejected from the game.


Sat. night, Strathroy Rockets hosted Leamington Flyers.  It marked the return of Tyler Duarte to the WMMA, but this time as a visitor.  Despite a Flyers comeback attempt, the Rockets held on for a 5-4 win.  Story from David Honsberger.

Goalies Battle as Rockets Edge Flyers


Not many things in the hockey world perk up ears as quickly as the words “goalie fight”. It’s a rarity to see and is usually more comical than it is nasty.

On Saturday night at the WMMC Leamington Flyer starter Trevor Wheaton and Strathroy Rockets starter Mat Ouellet squared off at 9:40 of the third period forcing Flyer Michael Barrett and Rocket Dane Gubbels to come on in relief.

The game quickly developed into a chippy affair in the third period as the Rockets hung on for a 5-4 win. The Rockets had enjoyed leads of 2-0, 3-1, 4-2 and 5-2 before a pair of late Flyer goals by Cale Allen and Cale Phibbs at 15:44 and 17:48 turned the ending into a nail-biter.  Rocket Lucas Latina drew a slashing penalty with 66 seconds remaining in regulation time to add fire to the Flyers’ furnace.

Former Rocket captain Tyler Duarte assisted on the Phibbs marker.  It was Duarte’s first appearance at the WMMC since the five-year-veteran demanded a trade to the Flyers last month.

Stuart King and defenseman Matt Laberge on a powerplay gave the Rockets a 2-0 first period lead.

Eric Henderson cut the Rocket lead to 2-1 when he tipped a point shot from Alex Derkson.

Dan Chapman put the Rockets up 4-2 when he converted a goalmouth pass from Kurtis Sander after the Rocket defenseman carried the puck up the length of the ice. Goaltender Ouellete also assisted on the play. The two clubs were playing 4-on-4 at the time.  The Rockets are 4-1 on four-on-four situations thus far this season.

Blaine Bechard brought the Flyers back to within a goal as the two clubs headed into the second intermission with the Rockets leading 5-4.

Things looked comfortable for the Rockets when Jakob Rody and Sam Vokes put the Rockets up 5-2 by 8:22 of the third period.  Vokes’ goal would eventually stand up as the game winner.

It was Rody’s first game in a Rocket sweater. He was injured in training camp and has been on assignment with the Lucan Irish.

The fireworks broke out on the first play following the Vokes’ goal.  There were 18 penalties called.   Kyle Quick and Dylan Newman were also sent to the showers for fighting.  The Quick-Newman bout was ruled as the second fight same stoppage of play and will be suspendable offences.  Goaltenders Wheaton and Ouellet were fingered for leaving the crease, fighting and gross misconducts for the removal of their masks/helmets.  The Flyers objected to some robust play by Rocket Jack Kilgour.  Kilgour was issued a roughing call but his main antagonist Blaine Bechard received roughing and checking to the head penalties.

The Rocket win ended a six-game Flyer winning streak.  The 14-5 Flyers have only lost 3 times in their last 15 outings and are tied for first place in the GOJHL Western Conference standings with the Sarnia Legionnaires.  Sarnia had two games in hand on Leamington.  The 8-11 Rockets have now won four of five games and moved to within one point of the idle fifth-place 8-8-1 London Nationals.

The Alex Friesen – Cale Allen – Kyle Perkowski line was the most dangerous unit for the Flyers.  Leamington was without veteran Mitchell Amonte who was preparing for an exam, while the Rockets were missing pepper pot Nick Griffin and scoring leader Mark MacAulay whom was serving a suspension.

The two clubs will hook up this coming Thursday at the Heinz Arena in Leamington.  The Flyers will be in LaSalle the previous night. The Flyers lead the season series 2-1.

Final shots favoured Leamington 38-29. The Rockets went 1 for 6 with the man advantage while the Flyers were 0 for 7. The Allen goal for the Flyers was scored just as Rocket Stuart King was stepping on the ice after serving a slashing call.

RG Note:  The goalie fight was awesome!  As David pointed out, they’re rare, so that makes them special.  It was a draw, both goalies got equal shots in, and did the standard ‘good job’ pat on the back afterwards.  Newman and Quick was fairly even, but Quick ended up with the W.


The last game of the weekend was Chatham Maroons hosting Lambton Shores Predators.  The Maroons were in pink sweaters to raise awareness for the Canadian Cancer Society and The Breast Buddies for breast cancer.  The Maroons crushed the Predators 5-1.  Story from CKSN.

Maroons Pretty In Pink


The Chatham Maroons picked up a 5-1 win Sunday night at Chatham Memorial Arena over the Lambton Shores Predators, but more importantly helped the Canadian Cancer Society and The Breast Buddies to help raise awareness and funds to support the fight against breast cancer.

Wearing pink jerseys, which were auctioned off to support the Cancer Society and Breast Buddies, the Chatham Maroons controlling the game from start to finish.

Trevor Richardson opened the scoring in the game with Michael Verboom and Brennan Feasey picking up assists. With the Chatham Maroons on the powerplay, Predators captain Ty Jackson, who hails from Wheatley, scored a shorthanded marker, but it was the only offense Lambton Shores would manage in the game.

To open the second period, Richardson would score his second of the game on the powerplay, with Verboom and Nate Pietens picking up the helped.

The flood gates would then open as Jared Dennis scored a pair for the Chatham Maroons, and Steven Beenackers also scored to make the score 5-1.

Bo Bessette made 21-saves in the win for Chatham.

Chatham now sits third in the GOJHL’s Western Conference with an 11-5-1 record.

Chatham travels to Sarnia this Thursday to face the Legionnaites, before hosting the St. Thomas Stars Sunday.


We are 1/3 through the season, so here are your standings.



Sarnia 17 14 3 0 28 .824 92 54 337 9-1-0 5-2-0
Leamington 19 14 5 0 28 .737 85 51 483 7-2-0 7-3-0
Chatham 17 11 5 1 23 .676 82 59 404 6-4-0 5-1-1
LaSalle 16 10 6 0 20 .625 64 51 434 6-3-0 4-3-0
London 17 8 8 1 17 .500 52 56 351 5-2-1 3-6-0
Strathroy 19 8 11 0 16 .421 62 76 386 5-4-0 3-7-0
Lambton Shores 17 5 10 2 12 .353 46 81 430 4-4-0 1-6-2
St. Thomas 16 4 10 2 10 .313 51 58 273 3-4-1 1-6-1
St. Marys 17 1 14 2 4 .118 27 79 299 1-7-1 0-7-1




Coming up this week

Wednesday, November 5

LaSalle Vipers vs. Leamington Flyers – 7:00 Vollmer Rec Centre

London Nationals vs. St. Marys Lincolns – 7:30 Western Fair

Thursday, November 6

Leamington Flyers vs. Strathroy Rockets – 7:10 Heinz Arena

Sarnia Legionnaires vs. Chatham Maroons – 7:10 Sarnia Arena


Is it just me, or has anyone else noticed that the teams are playing a lot of back-to-back games?  LaSalle and Leamington just played on Thurs., London and St. Marys were Fri., Leamington and Strathroy were Saturday.  Since adding in this part of my recaps, I’ve noticed this trend.

Anyways, I think any of the games will be good.  I’m actually considering heading to the Western Fair on Wed. to check out London and St. Marys.


Happy Monday and I’ll see you again on Wed. for another Player Profile.  This week’s will be from Lambton Shores Predators.

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