Weekend Recap for Nov. 14-16

Welcome back GOJHL fans.  This weekend was busy.


The first game was Fri. night in St. Thomas as the stars were hosting LaSalle Vipers.  The Stars used 3 goals in the 2nd period to defeat the Vipers 4-1.  Story from www.lasallevipers.com

Stars get past short-handed Vipers

The LaSalle Vipers battled the injury bug and the St. Thomas Stars, falling 4-1 at the Timken Community Centre Friday night.

LaSalle was forced to play with only 13 skaters – five short of the allowed 18 – due to a rash of injuries to key players in recent weeks.

Among those who missed the game were captain Brett Langlois, defenceman Nick Gauvin and forwards Nathan Savage, Brett Primeau, Rio Anzolin, Kyler Carter and Tyler Russell.

Maddux Rychel, 15, was called up from the Sun County AAA Panthers to make his junior hockey debut in the game, registering an assist on the Vipers only goal, a power play strike by Graham Pickard.

Eli Billing stopped 31 shots in the loss, while Nikolas Dampier made 29 saves for St. Thomas.

LaSalle’s next action is Wednesday night at the Vollmer Centre when we’ll take on the Sarnia Legionnaires in Hometown Hockey, sponsored by Windsor Crossing. Game time is 7 pm.


The other game on Fri. was St. Marys Lincolns hosting Sarnia Legionnaires.  It was a close game as the Legionnaires escaped with a 2-1 win.  Story from SarniaSports.com

Sarnia Legionnaires Edge St. Marys Lincolns

By Dan McCaffery


Goalie Hunter Johnson’s stellar performance Friday helped the Sarnia Legionnaires edge the St. Marys Lincolns 2-1.

Johnson kicked out 33 shots, many of them of the difficult variety, to pick up his 11th win of the Western Jr. ‘B’ hockey season.

“Johnson played extremely well,” assistant coach Bob Farlow said. “He saved us. There were a lot of tough shots.”

Tyler Longo scored the winner, firing home a rebound from the slot in the second period. For Longo, it was just his second tally of the season.Davis Boyer and Cameron Clarke drew assists on the play.

Longo’s only previous goal came back on Oct. 1.

“It’s been awhile,” Longo said. “It was good to get the monkey off my back. Hopefully, I’ll get a few more in the next couple of games.”

Riley Babkirk opened the scoring, getting himself wide open before burying a shot from the side of the net. Boyer and Cody Trowell set the play up. For Babkirk, it was his 11th goal of the campaign.

Boyer’s two assists on the night brought his points total up 40, tops in the Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League.

Sean O’Brien blinked the red light for St. Marys early in the final frame.

The Legionnaires had 25 shots on the Lincolns cage.

It was a rough game, featuring a fight as well as penalties for checking from behind, spearing and head checking.

Farlow said, “We were playing shorthanded but the kids fought through that and got the two points.”

Players missing included captain Nathan Mater and Ryan Trottier (both injured) and Tyler Prong and Jordan Fogarty (both suspended).

With the triumph Sarnia improved its won-lost record to 16-5.

The Legionnaires are in second place in the Western Jr. ‘B’ hockey standings, three points up on the Chatham Maroons and just two back of the front-running Leamington Flyers.

Sarnia has a game in hand on the Tomato Town team.


Sat. night saw Lambton Shores Predators hosting St. Thomas Stars.  After the Stars win Fri. night the teams were tied in points for 7th place.  St. Thomas now has sole possession of 7th after defeating the Preds 2-1 in a shootout.

Scoring for the game took place in the 2nd period.  Ethan Sarfati scored for Lambton Shores at 4:46.  At 7:40, Jordan Babb scored for the Stars.

In the shootout, Babb and Spencer Hutchinson scored for the Stars to secure the 2nd point.  The Preds did not score in the shootout.

The game doesn’t look like it got too rough.  The Predators took 20 minutes in penalties, including a 10 min. misconduct.  The Stars took 10 min. only.


The other game on Sat. was Strathroy Rockets hosting St. Marys Lincolns.  The Rockets trounced the Lincolns 11-2.  Story from David Honsberger.

An 11-2 whitewashing of the last place St. Marys Lincolns by the Strathroy Rockets at the WMMC in Strathroy on Saturday, November 15 moved the Rockets into a fourth place tie with the idle LaSalle Vipers.

The Vipers do have two games in hand on the Rockets.

The Rockets had a horrible start to the season winning just once in their first eight games. At the end of September the Rockets were tied for last place with the Lincolns with 2 points each.

Since the departure of their 3-year captain and five-year veteran Tyler Duarte to the Leamington Flyers on October 24 the Rockets have won seven of nine games. With Duarte in the lineup the Rockets were 4-10.

The win was the Rockets third in a row and fifth in a row at home.

The Rockets led by period scores of 3-1 and 8-2.

Brett Dalton, Nick Griffin, Lucas Latina and Dan Chapman each scored twice. Nick Whitworth, Sam Vokes and Mark MacAulay added singles.

Garrett James and Mitch Read replied for the Lincolns.

Latina and Whitworth’s goals were their first goals of the season. Dylan Newman, who picked up two assists on the night, earned his first points of the season.

Whitworth, Latina and Chapman all had 3-point nights.

Mat Ouellet earned the win in goal for the Rockets while Tyler Beattie took the loss.

The Rockets outshot the Lincolns 57-33. St. Marys went 1 for 6 on the powerplay while the Rockets were 0 for 3.

One of Griffin’s goals was shorthanded.

The last time the Rockets scored 11 goals in a game was an 11-2 win in St. Thomas over the Stars on October 18, 2013.

The Entertainment Tonight Players of the Game for the Rockets were Latina, Griffin and Eddie Schulz.


Sun. night, Chatham Maroons hosted the red hot Strathroy Rockets.  The Maroons were looking to extend their winning streak to 8, but the Rockets foiled their plans with a goal at 12.7 seconds remaining in the game to win 4-3.  Story from Chatham Daily News.

Rockets’ last-minute goal ends Maroons’ streak

By Mark Malone


The Chatham Maroons received a painful lesson Sunday on the need to make every second count.

Nick Boyer of the Strathroy Rockets scored with 13 seconds left in the third period for a 4-3 comeback win before 741 fans at Memorial Arena.

The Maroons’ loss ended their winning streak at a season-best seven games.

“We didn’t play a full 60 minutes tonight,” said Maroons forward Brennan Feasey, who had three assists. “I think that was our problem. We took some shifts off and they capitalized.

“You have to play 60 minutes to be successful and that’s what we did on our streak. But that’s over.”

The Maroons led 3-2 until Nick Griffin scored the tying goal in the third period at 9:48. It was the seventh short-handed goal they’ve allowed, second-most in the GOJHL.

“We’ve let in our fair share of short-handed goals,” Feasey said, “and if we want to be a successful team in this league, you can’t be giving up short-handed goals like we are.”

Overtime seemed likely until Boyer took advantage of a defensive miscue by the Maroons to beat goalie Bo Bessette on a partial breakaway.

“We didn’t stick to the game plan and it cost us there late,” Maroons captain Michael Verboom said about the final two goals.

Trevor Richardson scored twice for the Maroons. Verboom added a goal and an assist.

The Maroons trailed 2-1 until Verboom scored 46 seconds into the third period.

Two minutes later, Richardson potted his second of the game for the 3-2 lead.

It wasn’t a big enough lead against the Rockets, who have eight wins in their last 10 games.

The Maroons will be back on the ice Wednesday in London, then they’ll host the Nationals on Sunday to complete the home-and-home series.

“After a loss, you just take some time and think about what happened out there and then you throw it away and think about the next one,” Verboom said. “I think that’s what we’re going to do – think about the next one.”

The Maroons remain in third place in the Western Conference with a 14-6-1 record, three points behind the second-place Sarnia Legionnaires.

“Our goal is first place and tonight we didn’t show we wanted it bad enough,” Feasey said. “First place is our goal and you can’t play like that if that’s where you want to be.”

The No. 1 line of Verboom, Richardson and Feasey combined for seven points.

“I’d take wins over points any day,” Feasey said.

Bessette finished with 25 saves, while Mat Ouellet made 40 for the Rockets.

Mark MacAulay and Eddie Schultz scored the Rockets’ other goals.


Here are the standings.


Leamington 22 17 5 0 34 .773 98 57 548 9-2-0 8-3-0
Sarnia 21 16 5 0 32 .762 107 70 431 10-2-0 6-3-0
Chatham 21 14 6 1 29 .690 97 68 463 7-5-0 7-1-1
Strathroy 24 12 12 0 24 .500 86 87 460 7-4-0 5-8-0
LaSalle 21 11 10 0 22 .524 76 71 518 7-5-0 4-5-0
London 21 9 11 1 19 .452 63 72 432 6-3-1 3-8-0
St. Thomas 20 7 11 2 16 .400 64 68 327 5-4-1 2-7-1
Lambton Shores 21 6 12 3 15 .357 60 93 541 5-4-1 1-8-2
St. Marys 22 2 18 2 6 .136 38 107 457 2-8-1 0-10-1




Over the course of the last 3 weeks, Strathroy and Leamington are the hottest teams in the West.  Three weeks ago, for the weekend of Oct. 24-26, Leamington was in 2nd place with a record of 11-4 and 22 points.  Strathroy was in 8th place with a record of 4-10 and 8 points.  Now, Leamington is in 1st with a record of 17-5 and 34 points, sitting 2 points ahead of Sarnia, whereas Strathroy is now in 4th place, 2 points ahead of LaSalle and 5 points back of Chatham, and a record of 12-12.

This is the beauty of GOJHL hockey.  You can go on a streak and move up the standings, or go on a slide and move down.  Fortunately for Sarnia, they haven’t slid too far.


Coming up this week

Wednesday, November 19

LaSalle Vipers vs. Sarnia Legionnaires – 7:00 Vollmer Rec Centre

London Nationals vs. Chatham Maroons – 7:30 Western Fair

Thursday, November 20

Leamington Flyers vs. St. Thomas Stars – 7:10 Heinz Arena

Sarnia Legionnaires vs. Strathroy Rockets – 7:10 Sarnia Arena


LaSalle has faltered lately, but I think Wed. will be a good game between them and Sarnia.  And of course, Strathroy & Sarnia on Thurs. will be another barn burner classic.


And for those interested, I did make yesterday a 2-fer.  I went to Waterloo in the afternoon to watch the Siskins play the Kitchener Dutchmen.  It wasn’t a bad game, but I found it rather boring.  The arena doesn’t give much atmosphere and honestly, when I don’t know anyone, it’s actually hard to get interested in the game.


I hope you all had a great weekend, and enjoy the snow because it’s here, at least in Southwestern Ontario.  See you all again on Wed. for another profile.

You all know that I am a die-hard Rockets fan, but I am also a die-hard GOJHL fan, having been watching Jr. B hockey since I was 10 years old. I will only watch the GOJHL and during the hockey season, you never know what arena RG is gonna show up at. I'm bringing you the games, news, and updates of the GOJHL. RG is on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TheRocketGirl16 and you can find me on Twitter at www.twitter.com/TheRocketGirl16 If you hear of anything about any of the teams in the GOJHL, or have questions about anything, feel free to post it. If I don't know the answer, I know how to find it.

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