DENNIS, MAROONS STREAKING

MAROONS’ BESSETTE POSTS SHUTOUT AGAINST STARS

By Mark Malone, QMI Agency

Jared Dennis is reaping the rewards for his hard work in practice.

He scored two goals for the third consecutive game Sunday in the Chatham Maroons’ 4-0 win over the St. Thomas Stars before 774 fans at Memorial Arena.

“I’ve been practising a lot to gear up for my last year in junior hockey here in Chatham and God blessed me with a couple goals,” he said. “A couple lucky goals, too.”

The 20-year-old forward from Windsor already has 15 goals in 19 games to match his career-high set last season.

“I’ve been really working on my stick-handling because that’s been the weak part of my game all growing up,” Dennis said. “I’ve been really stressing on that in practice.”

Brennan Feasey and Trevor Richardson also scored as the Maroons extended their winning streak to a season-high six games.

Bo Bessette made 23 saves for his third shutout, second-best in the Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League.

The Maroons (13-5-1) have risen to third place in the Western Conference, one point behind the Sarnia Legionnaires, but Richardson said they’re not looking at the standings.

“Right now we just keep winning hockey games,” he said. “It’s too early to worry about who you’re playing in the playoffs or anything like that. It’s only 19 games. Now we’re just worrying about getting better and winning hockey games.”

Feasey and Dennis scored less than a minute apart midway through the first period for a 2-0 lead. They’re tied for the team lead with 15 goals apiece.

Richardson scored early in the second and Dennis followed 1:35 later for the 4-0 lead.

Richardson has 12 goals, including eight in the past 10 games since being reunited with former linemate Michael Verboom. They skated together for two years before playing on different lines last season.

Their chemistry didn’t go away during their year apart.

“It doesn’t seem like it,” Richardson said. “We’ve got lines that are working well together. Every line’s producing the last six, seven games. It’s good to see everything positive in the room, everything positive on the bench.”

The Maroons sent 33 shots at Stars goalie Nikolas Dampier.

NOTES: The Maroons travel to LaSalle on Wednesday and host the Strathroy Rockets on Sunday. … The Maroons raised $3,430 at their annual Breast Cancer Awareness Night on Nov. 2. They auctioned off their game-worn pink jerseys, a pink stick and a pink goalie mask. The team also made a donation to be shared by the Canadian Cancer Society and the Breast Buddies dragon boat team. … Brendan Harrogate of Chatham scored twice for the LaSalle Vipers in a 4-1 win over the London Nationals on Sunday.

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