Weekend Recap for Nov. 7-9

Happy Monday GOJHL fans.  Hope you had a good weekend and were able to make it to a game.


The first game this weekend was Fri. night when St. Thomas Stars hosted Sarnia Legionnaires.  The Legionnaires have been on a bit of a slide lately, since snapping their 13 game win streak back on Oct. 25.  The slide continued Fri. as they dropped the game 7-4 to the Stars.  Story from St. Thomas Times-Journal.

St. Thomas Stars snap losing streak with 7-4 win over Sarnia Legionnaires


It was a game they needed to have.

And the struggling St. Thomas Stars nabbed it.

St. Thomas defeated the Sarnia Legionnaires 7-4 at home Friday, snapping a four-game losing streak and grabbing just their third win since early October.

Zach Grzelewski had a predictably huge game for the Stars, scoring three goals.

But it was also a big night for teammate John Warren, who nabbed a goal and three assists.

Stars goalie Nik Dampier made 32 saves in the win and Sarnia netminder Cornel Felder did yeoman’s work in the loss, making 43 saves.

Neither team scored until early in the second period, when Legionnaires defenceman Cameron Clarke found the net.

Stars forward Adam Truax tied it 1-1 three minutes later and Sarnia’s Ryan Vendramin scored near the middle of the frame to make it 2-1 Legionnaires.

But the Stars managed three straight power play goals from Carson Moniz, Warren and Grzelewski and led 4-2 at the break.

Sarnia tied it early in the third period thanks to goals from Riley Babkirk and Jordan Fogarty, but St. Thomas dug in after that.

Grzelewski scored twice in the frame and Dane Johnstone scored once to give the Stars a decisive win.

St. Thomas returns to action Sunday on the road against the Chatham Maroons, then faces the LaSalle Vipers next Friday at home and the Lambton Shores Predators next Saturday on the road.

Puck drop for next Friday’s game against LaSalle is set for 7:30 p.m. at the Timken Centre.


The other game on Fri. was St. Marys Lincolns hosting Lambton Shores Predators.  The Lincolns earned their second win of the season with a 4-2 victory over the Predators.

Calvin Hughson opened the scoring for the Predators at 2:56 of the opening frame.  At 14:11 of the period, Jared Lindsay got the Lincs on the board and 39 seconds later, Ocean Check gave them a 2-1 lead.

In the second period, the teams would go 16 minutes with the game at 2-1, until Chase Duckworth would score on the powerplay, with Ethan Sarfati in the box serving a slashing penalty, to put the Lincolns up 3-1.  Lambton Shores’ Colin Burns would storm back 41 seconds later, also on the powerplay, with Sean O’Brien serving a slashing minor, to make it 3-2.

The third period looks to have been a little rough, with Jordan Winter and Adam Wammes engaging in a fight at 3:17, apparently after Wammes hit someone with a headshot.  Later in the period, Garrett James and Luke McEachnie would each receive inciting misconducts.

At 6:53, James would seal the 4-2 victory for the Lincolns.

Lincolns goalie Andrew Masters took the win, with 46 saves on 48 shots.  Anthony Hurtubise suffered the loss in the Predators net, stopping 29 of 33 shots.


On Sat. night, it was a battle at the WMMA as the Strathroy Rockets took on LaSalle Vipers.  The Rockets hung on for a 5-2 win over the Vipers.  Story from David Honsberger.


Knocking off the top clubs in the Western Conference of the GOJHL is beginning to become common place for the Strathroy Rockets.

The Rockets, who stumbled out of the gate this season winning just 1 of 8 games before recovering and winning 8 of 13, are making a habit of saving their best for the best clubs in the West.

On October 25 the Rockets edged the undefeated Sarnia Legionnaires 3-2 to halt the perfect start to Sarnia’s season at 13-0.

November 1 the Rockets became the first club seeded fifth or lower to defeat the first place Leamington Flyers and now the Rockets have become the first club seeded fifth place or lower to down the fourth place LaSalle Vipers.

The win was a convincing one, a 5-2 triumph at the WMMC on Saturday, November 8 in front of 425 fans.

The win moved the sixth place Rockets to within a point of fifth place London and increased their lead over Lambton Shores and St. Thomas to six points.

The loss dropped fourth place LaSalle into some shaky territory. They lead London by just a single point and the Rockets by two points. After going 3-6 to start the season, the red-hot London Nationals have won 6 in a row and threaten to vault into the fourth spot.

After starting the season going 6-0, the Vipers have struggled winning just 4 of their last 12 games.

The Rockets led by period scores of 1-0 and 3-1. They built a 5-1 lead in the third period with a pair of goals 22 seconds apart before the Vipers scored late in the game.

Brett Dalton led the Rocket attack with a pair of goals, including a beautiful tic-tac-toe goal with linemates Nick Boyer and Stuart King. Dalton’s first goal of the night came just 18 seconds after the Vipers had cut the Rocket lead to 2-1.

Nick Griffin, Sam Vokes and Dan Chapman added singles.

Kyler Carter and Brett Primeau replied for the Vipers.

The shots were even at 35-35. Both clubs went 1 for 5 on the powerplay.

The win improved the Rockets home winning streak to 4 games, a season high.

The win was even more impressive as the Rockets were playing with just 15 skaters. Kieran Milne, Dylan Newman and Mark MacAulay were absent and no affiliated players were available. The Rockets went with three forward lines. The Rocket defense all had outstanding games.

The Vipers were without six regular players but had three affiliated players dressed for the game. LaSalle was able to ice a full squad of twenty players.

Mat Ouellet earned the win for the Rockets while Eli Billing was tabbed for the loss. Both goaltenders had solid outings. The best save of the game came when Billing stopped Griffin on a 3-on-1 Rocket attempt.

The Entertainment Tonight Players of the Game for the Rockets were Dalton, Ouellete and defenseman Kurtis Sander.

Both teams will see action this Wednesday. The Rockets will travel to the Western Fair to play the London Nationals while the Vipers will host the Chatham Maroons.


Sun. saw 3 games, including a matinee of LaSalle Vipers hosting London Nationals.  After their loss Sat. night, the Vipers were looking for redemption and defeated the Nats 4-1.  Story from www.lasallevipers.com

Vipers stifle Nationals, snap brief skid

The LaSalle Vipers got back in the win column Sunday afternoon, stifling the London Nationals for a 4-1 victory at the Vollmer Centre.

With the victory, LaSalle snapped a two-game losing streak and improved to 11-8-0 to remain in fourth place, while the Nationals dropped to 9-9-1.

The team’s played a scoreless opening 20 minutes, but Vipers rookie forward Brendan Harrogate slammed home a power play goal from the side of the cage early in the second to give LaSalle a lead they would not surrender.

Nathan Veres scored less than four minutes later on a blast that would prove to be the game-winner.

Brett Primeau ripping a shot over London goaltender Justin Tugwell’s blocker at 7:39 of the third period for his team-leading 14th goal of the season.

Matt Bean snapped Paolo Battisti’s shutout bid five minutes later, but Harrogate’s second of the game snuffed out any thoughts of a London comeback.

Battisti made 30 stops in the win, while Tugwell turned aside 44 in the losing cause.

Vipers defenceman Nicolas Crescenzi had a pair of helpers in the game, while rookie defenceman Mitch Defede, called up from the Jr. C Canadiens, added an assist.

After the game, the Vipers held a meet and greet with their fans at Joe Schmoe’s Eats N Drinks in LaSalle. Pictures from the event can be found on our Facebook page.


Sun. night, Chatham Maroons hosted St. Thomas Stars.  The Maroons, and Bo Bessette, skated to a 4-0 victory.  Story from Chatham Daily News.

Maroons’ Bessette posts shutout against Stars

By Mark Malone


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.


The last game on Sun. was Lambton Shores Predators hosting St. Marys Lincolns.  The Preds were looking for revenge after losing to the Lincolns on Fri. and revenge they served.  I see Pointstreak is stuck at 0:47 left in the 2nd period, but I have managed to find that the final score was 7-0.  Once I get some details on it, I can give you a summary.


Here are your standings for this Mon. morning.  They’re not perfect because I don’t know what the final PIMs were for the Predators/Lincolns game last night.


Leamington 21 16 5 0 32 .762 93 55 520 8-2-0 8-3-0
Sarnia 19 14 5 0 28 .737 99 65 387 9-2-0 5-3-0
Chatham 19 13 5 1 27 .711 90 62 445 7-4-0 6-1-1
LaSalle 19 11 8 0 22 .579 73 63 502 7-4-0 4-4-0
London 19 9 9 1 19 .500 59 64 393 6-2-1 3-7-0
Strathroy 21 9 12 0 18 .429 68 80 410 6-4-0 3-8-0
Lambton Shores 19 6 11 2 14 .368 55 85 473 5-4-0 1-7-2
St. Thomas 18 5 11 2 12 .333 58 66 306 4-4-1 1-7-1
St. Marys 20 2 16 2 6 .150 35 94 372 2-7-1 0-9-1




Coming up this week

Wednesday, November 12

LaSalle Vipers vs. Chatham Maroons – 7:00 Vollmer Rec Centre

London Nationals vs. Strathroy Rockets – 7:30 Western Fair

Thursday, November 13

Leamington Flyers vs. London Nationas – 7:10 Heinz Arena

Sarnia Legionnaires vs. Lambton Shores Predators – 7:10 Sarnia Arena


So that’s your recap for this past weekend.  I will see you again on Wed. for another Player Profile.  Still trying to figure out who to go with this week, but it’ll either be Sarnia or Kitchener.


With Remembrance Day tomorrow, please take a moment to remember those that have paid the ultimate sacrifice to ensure that we live in a free country and can play/watch this glorious game.  Without those men and women from the past 100 years, our country and our lives could be very different.  If you see a vet, thank them.


*Photo Credit: Blake Mossey Photography.  Photo taken from St. Marys Facebook page.

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