Games of the Week for Nov. 12-13

Happy Friday hockey fans.  Hope you had a good week.  We had another 4 games this week.


The first game was Wed. night when LaSalle Vipers hosted Chatham Maroons.  The Maroons were on a 6 game win streak and made it 7 after a 4-2 win over the Vipers.  Story from Chatham Daily News.

Maroons in seventh heaven

LASALLE – The Chatham Maroons continued their climb up the Western Conference standings Wednesday.

Brayden Hopkins scored two goals, including the winner, as the Maroons moved into second place with a 4-2 victory over the LaSalle Vipers before 802 fans at the Vollmer Recreation Complex.

The Maroons have won seven consecutive games, the second-longest current streak in the Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League.

“Tonight was a little sloppy, but we got the job done,” head coach Mark Davis said. “They had some pretty good chances. I thought Bessette played real well tonight.”

Maroons goalie Bo Bessette made 36 saves for his 13th win, tied for the most in the GOJHL.

Nate Pietens and Brennan Feasey also scored as the Maroons improved to 14-5-1 for 29 points, one ahead of the Sarnia Legionnaires and three behind the Leamington Flyers.

The Maroons erased a pair of one-goal deficits in the first period as the teams traded two goals apiece.

Nicolas Crescenzi of the Vipers opened the scoring, but Pietens tied the game with his first goal of the season.

After Dalton Langlois restored the Vipers’ lead, Feasey answered with his team-leading 16th goal for a 2-2 tie at the first intermission.

Hopkins scored the winner on a power play in the second period at 16:25. He added an empty-netter late in the third.

The Maroons were 1-for-4 with a man advantage and held the Vipers scoreless on five power plays.

“Connor Doran had a hell of a hockey game (with) his line, Hunter Burk and Michael Levesque,” Davis said. “Doran had a hell of a game penalty-killing. He and (Ian) Faubert were just awesome on it.”

Vipers goalie Paolo Battisti made 38 saves.

NOTES: The Maroons will host the Strathroy Rockets on Sunday at 7 p.m. at Memorial Arena. They’ve designated it as Domestic Violence Awareness Night. … Chatham’s Brendan Harrogate has six points in nine games with the Vipers. He skated with the Maroons in the pre-season and as a call-up last season. … The Maroons’ winning streak is the second-longest this season in the Western Conference. The Legionnaires enjoyed a 13-game streak.


The second game on Wed. was London Nationals hosting Strathroy Rockets.  The Nats built up a 2-0 lead and the Rockets completed a 3rd period comeback to take the game 3-2.

Justin Murray opened the scoring for the Nationals on the powerplay 14 min. into the game.  With 6.4 seconds left in the period, Tanner Ferreira got a breakaway and roofed it for a 2-0 Nationals lead.

The 2nd period was a typical period at the Western Fair.  I found it rather boring, not much happened, I was beginning to think the Rockets weren’t going to score.

Then the 3rd period came.  The Rockets first goal came at 2:39 when Jack Kilgour received a penalty shot, and did not miss.  The second goal game from Kilgour again, at 5:12.  He just unleashed a hard shot and it went in over Justin Tugwell’s right shoulder.

The third goal, and winner, came with some controversy.  It was a rush in London’s end and Murray pushed Stuart King into Tugwell, knocking him down.  With the puck loose, Nick Boyer popped it in the net and referee Simon Coutu signaled it a goal.  The Nats and their fans were not happy about it, but it was called a goal.

At that point, the game was intense for the last 5 minutes.  London was trying everything to tie the game up, but Rockets started Mat Ouellet was a wall and stopped everything.

Ouellet made 38 saves and now has a record of 10-7.  Tugwell took the loss with 27 saves and his record is now 6-8-1.


On Thurs. night, Leamington Flyers hosted London Nationals.  London has been fighting with Strathroy in the standings and wanted those 2 points to jump back up into 5th place, whereas Leamington wanted them to stay ahead of Sarnia. The Flyers took the points with a 5-2 win.  Story from C. Scott Holland.

Flyers Subdue Nationals 5-2

The rivalry between the London Nationals and Leamington Flyers has increased dramatically over the last decade thanks to many playoff meetings. Thursday night, in front of 612 fans, the two engaged in battle at Leamington’s Heinz arena.

The opening 20 minutes pretty much decided this contest as the Flyers rattled Nats’ starter Justin Tugwell for two powerplay markers and added one even strength goal on 20 shots to take a 3-0 lead. Tugwell didn’t last much longer as he allowed two more Leamington goals during a five minute span at the start of the second before Logan Ferrington took over between the pipes. Ferrington stoned the Flyers the rest of the way. But the Flyers puck handling was superb and the defencemen were sharp as Trevor Wheaton halted 20 shots total to gain the victory.

The Flyers were without two key players as Alex Derkson and Eric Henderson were scratched. Tyler Scott was called up from the Essex 73s to take one spot.  It is the first time this season he has played for the Flyers, although he did appear in four games last year.  Fans certainly loved watching him play. An explosive, crafty and speedy forward, Scott may have earned the nickname “the Zipper” since he is a powerful and fast skater.

It didn’t take the Flyers long to assert puck control and gain a lead. Colin Moore and Cale Allen shot pucks at Tugwell before Zachary Guilbeault whipped a rebound past the London netminder at 3:12 while on a poweerplay. With London’s Derek Di Ilorio sidelined in the sin bin a second time, Kyle Quick winged a pass right onto Ryan Muzzin’s stick and Muzzin, who was anchored near the left post, slickly tipped it into the net. After both sides had taken a couple penalties, Chris Scott and Moore combined to send a pass directly to Matthew Opblinger and Opblinger banged his sixth tally of the campaign.

At the outset of the second, the Flyers went right back to work. Tyler Duarte and Opblinger gave Quick a chance and he pummelled a shot high to Tugwell’s left side which found the mark. Down 4-0, the first indication of any roughness began when Mitchell Amante and Derek Todosichuk met near the London bench. Both were called for roughing but Todosichuk was willing to exchange a few five finger pies with Amante and undid his chin strap and thus earned a gross misconduct.

The play of the night came minutes later when Chris Scott won a faceoff in the London end zone but the puck came into the neutral area, and after several London players tried to get it, Tyler Scott collected the loose puck, turned on the afterburners and weaved through the entire defence and unleashed a deadly accurate shot that hit the top left corner and made it a 5-0 contest. That beautiful goal was his first Jr. B tally and one he will certainly never forget.

At 7:05 Flyer defenceman Blaine Bechard’s head check on Ethan Cocurillo resulted in a five minute major. London did reap one powerplay tally on that drive as Kyle L. Robinson and Justin Murray laid the groundwork for Mitchell Kreis’ screen shot which bounded past Wheaton.

Near the five minute mark of the third, Leamington’s Colin Moorea  and London’s Trevor Dulong engaged in a fight deep in the London end zone. Dulong got some early blows in before Moore cranked out a series of punches that evened the count before Dulong yanked Moore to the ice.

The final scoring came at 11:56 when Kevin Madden and Matt Bean hooked passes with Nats’ defenceman Derek Di Ilorio who snapped a screen shot high from the right faceoff circle.
Late in the game, things got so heated that some verbal sparring occurred between the two benches however nothing came of it.

Leamington outshot the Nats 43-22 and went 2 for 7 on the powerplay while London went 1 for 8 with the man advantage.

The Nationals are off until Wed. Nov. 19 when they host the Chatham Maroons, then play three straight on the road.

The Flyers will enjoy a week off and meet the St. Thomas Stars at home on Thurs. Nov. 20. It will be the start of a really hectic two week period as they play 6 games in that span – three at home and three away.


The other game on Thurs. was Sarnia Legionnaires hosting Lambton Shores Predators.  The Lambton County rivals battled for 60 minutes, but Davis Boyer was too much for the Preds as he scored a hattrick in the 6-4 Legionnaires win.

The teams went almost the entire first period with no score until Cody Trowell made it a 1-0 Legionnaires game with 1:36 left in the period.

Boyer scored his first of the night 1:27 into the second period.  Kyler Keating made it 3-0 1 minute later on the powerplay with Ryan Fraser in the box for tripping and abuse of officials.  At 6:49, Boyer scored his second of the night to make it 4-0 Legionnaires.

The Predators were not backing down though.  With 2:33 left in the period, Fraser got the Preds on the board while on a 5 minute powerplay with Jordan Fogarty in the dressing room for a check from behind.  Just 46 seconds later, while still on the 5 minute powerplay, Ethan Sarfati made it 4-2.

The third period started and 2 minutes in, Ryan Vendramin scored what would be the game winner to make it 5-2 Legionnaires.  Sarfati scored his second of the night to bring the Preds closer and make it a 5-3 game.  At 14:08, Sean Ross brought the Preds to within 1.  Boyer completed his hattrick with just under 3 minutes to go in the game.

Hunter Johnson picked up the win with 34 saves on 38 shots and improved to a 10-2 record.  Andrew Harriman-Duke took the loss for the Predators, making 32 of 38 saves.  His record is now 4-5-1.


Here are your standings heading into the weekend


Leamington 22 17 5 0 34 .773 98 57 548 9-2-0 8-3-0
Sarnia 20 15 5 0 30 .750 105 69 402 10-2-0 5-3-0
Chatham 20 14 5 1 29 .725 94 64 457 7-4-0 7-1-1
LaSalle 20 11 9 0 22 .550 75 67 512 7-5-0 4-4-0
Strathroy 22 10 12 0 20 .455 71 82 430 6-4-0 4-8-0
London 21 9 11 1 19 .452 63 72 432 6-3-1 3-8-0
Lambton Shores 20 6 12 2 14 .350 59 91 521 5-4-0 1-8-2
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 94 400 2-7-1 0-9-1




Coming up this weekend

Friday, November 14

St. Thomas Stars vs. LaSalle Vipers – 7:30 Timken Centre

St. Marys Lincolns vs. Sarnia Legionnaires – 7:30 Pyramid Rec Centre

Saturday, November 15

Lambton Shores Predators vs. St. Thomas Stars – 7:30 Shores Rec Centre

Strathroy Rockets vs. St. Marys Lincolns – 7:30 West Middlesex Memorial

Sunday, November 16

Chatham Maroons vs. Strathroy Rockets – 7:00 Chatham Memorial


Looking at the standings and what’s happening this weekend, you’ll see, there’s lots of room for movement.  Chatham is just 1 point behind Sarnia for second place.  Strathroy is only 2 points behind LaSalle, but has 2 games this weekend, there’s potential for them to catch and/or pass the Vipers to get into the top 4, and to put some distance between them and London.  St. Thomas plays 2 games this weekend, but 1 is against Lambton Shores, and they’re just 2 points back from the Preds.  I know it’s a little early to start watching the standings, but it’s interesting all the same.


I’m making it another 3-fer this weekend, except it will involve a rare 2-fer.  Sun, I’m going out of Conference to Waterloo to watch the Siskins and Kitchener Dutchmen in the afternoon and then head to Chatham to watch my boys take on the Maroons.

Have a good weekend fans and be sure to make it out to a game because GOJHL hockey is exciting to watch.


*Photo Credit: Anne Tigwell Photography. Picture taken from Sarnia Legionnaires Facebook page.

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