Games of the Week – Nov. 5-6

I hope you had a good week hockey fans and were able to make it to a game.  Here’s your recap for the 4 games this week.

 

The first game on Wed. was LaSalle Vipers hosting their Essex County rivals, Leamington Flyers.  The Flyers have been red hot lately, winning 7 of their last 10 games.  They defeated the Vipers 6-3.  Story from Windsor Star.

http://blogs.windsorstar.com/sports/local-sports-roundup-belle-river-advances-to-girls-hoops-final

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Cale Allen scored a hat trick and Eric Henderson added a goal in his return from the OHL as the Leamington Flyers breezed to a 6-3 road victory over the LaSalle Vipers.

Allen scored twice in a 4:15 stretch in the first period to extend the Flyers’ (15-5-0) lead to 3-1 and they never looked back.

“I thought once we got that [first] goal we started playing pretty good,” Flyers head coach Tony Piroski said. “We carried a lot of the play the rest of that period.”

Henderson, who scored a goal in his first OHL game with the London Knights Sunday, tied the game at 1-1 as he tipped in Tyler Duarte’s point shot with the man advantage after Brendan McGhee was called for holding.

“Obviously you don’t want to fall behind 1-0 early to start the game but we battled back, got the lead and kept it,” Henderson said.

Allen completed his hat trick by scoring an empty netter with 22 seconds left.

 

The other game on Wed. was London Nationals hosting St. Marys Lincolns.  It appears that the Nats had a bit of a slow start to the game, but managed to pull out a 6-4 win.

The Nats appeared to come out of the gate a little slow as the Lincoln’s Garrett James scored just 28 seconds into the game.  London’s Austin Kemp got the Nats on the board 2 min. later on the powerplay.

With about 5 min. left in the first period, Sean O’Brien gave the Lincolns a 2-1 lead.  With the Lincolns ahead 2-1, Nats head coach Kelly Thomson pulled his starter, Logan Ferrington, after the first period and Justin Tugwell played the remaining 40 minutes.

The first period also saw 2 check from behind calls, London’s Drew Worrad at 6:50 into the period and St. Marys Jordan Winter at 9:59 of the period.

The Nationals took the lead in the second period with 2 goals from Justin Murray and Kyle Robinson.  St. Marys tied the game with a goal from leading scorer Jake Alkins on the powerplay.

Scott Goodman restored London’s lead with 2 goals, the first on the powerplay, and then the eventual game winner at 16:39 of the second period.

The Lincolns tried a comeback attempt when Rai Di Loreto scored at 10:45 of the third period to make the game 5-4 London.  Andrew Kim scored the final goal of the game 2 min later.

London’s starting goalie, Logan Ferrington, made 5 saves on 7 shots before being pulled at the end of the first period for Justin Tugwell, who made 17 saves and finished with the win.  The Nationals registered three goals on nine power play opportunities.  Andrew Masters rejected 24 shots on goal for the Lincolns. St. Marys registered one goal on six power play opportunities.

 

Thurs. night, it was a rematch from Sat. when Strathroy Rockets rolled into the Heinz Arena to take on Leamington Flyers.  It was a close game and the Flyers edged the Rockets 2-1.  Story from C. Scott Holland.

Leamington Flyers Edges Strahroy Rockets 2-1

It was a game unlike any of the 695 in attendance had expected, and one which easily could have been over after 20 minutes. Instead, over the course of 60 minutes, the Strathroy Rockets and Leamington Flyers battled for the puck in every area of the ice with the Flyers outshooting the Rockets by a margin of 29 to 20.

It was a close contest in which the hometown Flyers’ control of the puck led them to victory. The Flyers puck movement was especially effective during the final minute of play when Strathroy sought to pull starter Dane Gubbels (0-2, 3.24 gaa) for an extra attacker, but they were simply unable to as the Flyers pressed and kept the Rockets almost hemmed in their own end.

Gubbels was starting with Mat Ouellet serving a suspension stemming from last Saturday night’s game against Leamington.

Offensively, the Flyers could have been ahead by three or four goals in the first had it not been for Gubbels and some misses on several good chances. The Flyers dominated the Rockets and outshot their opponents 15-9 in the opening 20 minutes of action.

During the next 40 minutes however, the shots were fairly even and a Leamington tally in the first minute of the second was all the hometown boys would need to get past the pesky Rockets.

The Rockets opened the scoring four minutes into the first when Stuart King’s right lane blast bounded high off Leamington starter Michael Barrett (8-2, 2.08 gaa) and the rebound hit Nick Boyer and zipped past Barrett. The Flyers drew even at 8:25 when Alex Friesen and Nathan Opblinger hooked passes, and as Opblinger moved down the left lane and in close on Gubbels, he faked a shot, then slipped the puck to Kyle Perkowski who was all alone by the left post. Perkowski manoeuvred it into the open side and it was a tied game.

Just 28 seconds after the opening faceoff that began the second frame, Chris Scott rifled to Mitchell Amante who tucked it into a left side opening. With that tally, the Flyers took a 2-1 lead and then played defensive hockey the rest of the way.

The Flyers kept the Rockets’ powerplay at bay as they killed four attempts in the second period and allowed the Rockets only 11 shots in the final 40 minutes.

The Rockets were without the services of Kieran Milne, Dylan Newman, Mark MacAulay and Mat Ouellet. Ouellet was serving a suspension stemming from Saturday night’s contest. Filling spots on the roster were Aaron Ross, Jacob Rody and spare goalie Brett Avery.  Likewise the Flyers had Alex Derksen scratched as well as Kyle Quick who was also serving the second of a two-game suspension.

The Flyers’ win gave the Flyers a four lead over the Legionnaires, but Sarnia does have several games in hand.

The Flyers’ next game will be at home against the London Nationals Nov. 13 while the Rockets host LaSalle on Sat. Nov. 8 and then travel to London Wed. Nov. 12.

 

The other game on Thurs. was Sarnia Legionnaires hosting Chatham Maroons.  Sarnia had been off for a full week prior to this game.  Chatham defeated Sarnia 4-3.  Story from Sarnia Observer.

Maroons edge Legionnaires

http://www.theobserver.ca/2014/11/06/maroons-edge-legionnaires

The Chatham Maroons edged the Sarnia Legionnaires 4-3 Thursday.

For the Sarnians, it was their fourth loss in five games.

As a result, coach Dan Rose’s squad finds itself in second place in the Western Ontario Hockey Conference standings, four points back of the front running Leamington Flyers. Sarnia has three games in hand on the Tomato Town team.

Chatham, meanwhile, has won five in a row and sits just three points back of the Legionnaires.

“We didn’t play that bad tonight,” Rose said. “They outworked us for a little bit, but it was one of those games that could have gone either way.”

He added the visitors got some lucky bounces, including one where the puck was batted out of the air into the net.

Rose also praised his penalty killers, who fought off a couple of shorthanded situations.

Sarnia was missing three players, including suspended defencemen Sam McCormack and Tyler Prong and injured forward Ryan Trottier.

“With guys out of the lineup there were some mismatches out there,” he said.

But the Maroons were full measure for the win, hemming Sarnia in its own zone with a determined forechecking display throughout much of the third period. In all, Chatham outshot the home team 39-25. They also hit at least two crossbars and a goal post.

Legionnaire goals came off the sticks of Jay Clarke, Riley Babkirk and Cody Trowell.

Rookie rearguard Jake O’Donnell had two assists.

Brayden Hopkins got the winner for Chatham, scoring the only goal of the third period. Other Maroons marksmen included Jared Dennis (with a pair) and Trevor Richardson.

The Legionnaires are in St. Thomas Friday.

They return home next Thursday when they will host the Lambton Shores Predators. Game time at the Sarnia Arena is set for 7:10 p.m.

 

Here are the standings after this week

 

TEAM GP W L OTL PTS PCT GF GA PIM HOME AWAY
Leamington 21 16 5 0 32 .762 93 55 520 8-2-0 8-3-0
Sarnia 18 14 4 0 28 .778 95 58 343 9-2-0 5-2-0
Chatham 18 12 5 1 25 .694 86 62 418 6-4-0 6-1-1
LaSalle 17 10 7 0 20 .588 67 57 471 6-4-0 4-3-0
London 18 9 8 1 19 .528 58 60 372 6-2-1 3-6-0
Strathroy 20 8 12 0 16 .400 63 78 398 5-4-0 3-8-0
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 18 1 15 2 4 .111 31 85 336 1-7-1 0-8-1

 

 

As we’re now 2 months into the season, let’s take a look at some of the individual stats.

These are the top 10 scorers in the West.

 

RK PLAYER TEAM GP G A PTS PIM PP PPA SH SHA GWG
1 Boyer, Davis SAR F 18 12 22 34 21 3 8 0 1 2
2 Feasey, Brennan CHA F 17 14 15 29 18 5 4 0 0 0
3 Trowell, Cody SAR F 18 17 11 28 6 2 5 1 0 4
Verboom, Michael CHA F 17 6 22 28 8 0 8 0 0 0
5 Scott, Chris LEA F 20 13 13 26 6 3 2 0 1 1
Worrad, Drew LON F 17 9 17 26 8 1 5 1 1 1
7 Beenackers, Steven CHA F 18 8 17 25 37 0 4 0 0 2
 8 Hopkins, Brayden CHA F 18 10 14 24 38 1 0 0 0 2
9 Dennis, Jared CHA F 18 13 10 23 6 2 1 1 0 3
Babkirk, Riley SAR F 18 9 14 23 23 3 5 0 0 0

 

 

These are the top 10 penalty leaders.

 

RK PLAYER TEAM GP G A PTS PIM PP PPA SH SHA GWG
1 Langlois, Brett LAS D 12 2 7 9 72 0 1 0 1 0
2 Bechard, Blaine LEA D 21 3 4 7 70 1 2 0 0 1
3 Levesque, Michael CHA F 17 1 1 2 68 0 0 0 0 0
4 Robinson, Kyle L LON F 15 4 9 13 63 0 2 1 0 0
5 Sarfati, Ethan LSP F 15 4 12 16 61 1 8 0 1 0
6 Todosichuk, Derek LON F 17 9 12 21 57 3 3 0 0 1
Bowen, John CHA F 13 1 5 6 57 0 1 0 0 0
8 Mater, Nathan SAR F 16 6 11 17 54 0 4 0 0 1
 9 Vandervaart, PJ SAR D 17 0 4 4 52 0 1 0 0 0
Kotsovos, Anthony LON D 14 1 2 3 52 0 0 0 0 0

 

 

These are the top 5 goalies in the West.

 

RK NAME TEAM GP MIN W L OTL SOL SO GA GAA SV SV%
1 Ferrington, Logan LON 7 337:37 3 2 0 0 0 10 1.78 147 .936
2 Fassl, Tyler LIS 7 417:54 5 2 0 0 0 13 1.87 178 .932
3 Barrett, Michael LEA 11 547:05 8 2 0 0 2 19 2.08 246 .928
4 Billing, Eli LAS 8 423:40 4 2 0 0 0 20 2.83 216 .915
5 Bessette, Bo CHA 16 943:43 11 5 0 0 2 45 2.86 434 .906

 

 

 

Coming up this weekend

Friday, November 7

St. Thomas Stars vs. Sarnia Legionnaires – 7:30 Timken Centre

St. Marys Lincolns vs. Lambton Shores Predators – 7:30 Pyramid Rec Centre

Saturday, November 8

Strathroy Rockets vs. LaSalle Vipers – 7:30 West Middlesex Memorial

Sunday, November 9

LaSalle Vipers vs. London Nationals – 2:30 Vollmer Rec Centre

Chatham Maroons vs. St. Thomas Stars – 7:00 Chatham Memorial

Lambton Shores Predators vs. St. Marys Lincolns – 7:30 Shores Rec Centre

 

There are 6 games this weekend so make sure you get to an arena to see some great hockey!

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