Weekend Recap – Nov. 21-23

Happy Monday hockey fans.  I’ve gotten a late start to the day, but let’s dive into what happened this weekend.

On Friday, St. Thomas Stars hosted their Highbury Ave rivals, London Nationals.  The Nats had a convincing 6-2 win over the Stars.  Story from Pointstreak.

London downs St. Thomas, 6-2

Tanner Ferreira had two points to lead the London Nationals to a 6-2 victory over the St. Thomas Stars.

London excelled on the penalty kill, not giving up a single goal in four chances. The Nationals outdid their season average for goals scored. This season, London averages 3.1 goals per contest.

London also had goals scored by Derek Di Iorio, Derek Todosichuk, Brent House, Matt Bean, and Tanner Lafrance, who scored one goal each. More assists for London came via Anthony Kotsovos, Justin Murray, Kevin Madde, and Mitchell Kreis, who each chipped in one and Kyle L. Robinson and Colin Wilson, who contributed two each.

St. Thomas struggled to stay out of the sin bin throughout the game as it finished the game with 28 penalty minutes for seven opposing power plays.

The Stars were helped by Jesse Anderson, who grabbed one goal. Anderson scored 19:15 into the first period to make the score 2-1 London. Wade Russell picked up the assist. Matt McJannet also scored for St. Thomas. Other players who recorded assists for St. Thomas were Anders Adzija, Jordan Babb, and Andrew Chambers, who each chipped in one.

Logan Ferrington rejected 28 shots on goal for the Nationals. London incurred 22 minutes in penalty time with six minors. Nikolas Dampier recorded 19 saves for St. Thomas.


The other game on Fri. was last place St. Marys Lincolns hosting first place Leamington Flyers.  The Flyers took the 2 points with a 4-2 win.  Story from Windsor-Essex Hockey Prospectus.

Scott Leads Flyers To Road Win Over Lincolns


Chris Scott scored two goals to help lead the Leamington Flyers to a 4-2 win over the St. Mary’s Lincolns on Friday night in St. Mary’s.

Scott, the Flyers leading-scorer who also became the franchise’s al-time leader in games played on Thursday night, scored the only goal in the first period and then potted the game-winner early in the third as the Flyers won their fifth straight game. The 20-year-old forward scored his team-leading 16th goal of the season at 3:18 of the third period to break the 2-2 tie with Colin Moore and Zack Guilbeault drawing assists. Moore and Guilbeault also each had a goal in the game.

Guilbeault continued his solid play in the month of November with a goal a two assists while Trevor Wheaton made 18 saves for his 10th win of the season. On top of winning five straight, the first-place Flyers have won 11 of their past 12 games overall and have opened up a four-point cushion over second-place Sarnia.

Leamington Flyers 4 at St. Mary’s Lincolns 2

Zack Guilbeault: 1 G (3), 2 A
Chris Scott: 2 G (16)
Colin Moore: 1 G (3)
Trevor Wheaton: W (10), 18/20


On Sat. night, I was a penalty filled and high scoring affair as Strathroy Rockets hosted Lambton Shores Predators.  The Rockets pounded the Preds 10-3.  Story from David Honsberger.

On Saturday afternoon, the Strathroy Rockets were participating in the annual Strathroy Lions Club – Ricco Food Distributor Santa Claus Parade.  Later that night, the score clock at West Middlesex Memorial Centre was lit up like a Christmas tree.

The Rockets and the visiting Lambton Shores Predators combined for 13 goals and 197 penalty minutes as the Rockets humbled the Preds by a 10-3 score.

The Rockets led narrowly 1-0 after one period. They exploded for six second period goals, including four in a span of 1:45, to take a 7-2 lead into the second intermission.  The four quick markers set a new franchise record for fastest four goals smashing the previous record.

Dan Chapman and Mark MacAulay led the assault with three goals each. They were the first career hat tricks for both players with the Rockets.

Brett Dalton, Stuart King, Kieran Milne and Sam Vokes added singles.

Dalton also registered five assists on the night, tying a franchise record for most assists in a single game. The previous record holders were Mac Westgate (1966), Max Campbell (2006) and Derek Nap (2011).

The MacAulay-Dalton-King line combined for 5 goals and 14 scoring points.

Colin Burns, Ryan Fraser and Sean Ross replied for the Predators.

Mat Ouellet went the distance in goal for the Rockets while Anthony Hurtubise and Andrew Harriman-Duke split the goaltending duties for the Predators.

The Preds went 1 for 12 with the man advantage while the Rockets were 0 for 8. Each club scored a shorthanded goal. The Rockets also scored while the two teams were playing four aside improving their 4-on-4 record to 5-1.

The Rockets lead the season series 3-0.

The win extended the Rockets’ home-winning streak to six games and improved their record to 13-13.

The extra-curricular activities left six players suspended. Predators Brent Hammett and Drew Marlatt will miss the next two games and Bryan Boersma will miss one.  The hard-nosed rearguard Boersma, who gathered 441 PIM over the three previous seasons, was playing in his first game of the year for the Preds.

Rockets Jacob Rody and Jack Kilgour will sit out the next two games while defenseman Nick Whitworth will be sidelined for one game.

The Rockets were playing without the services of Lucas Latina and four-year veteran Nick Boyer.

The Rocket win combined with the LaSalle Vipers 9-5 victory over the Predators the following night in LaSalle kept the Rockets and the Vipers tied for fourth place. The Vipers do have three games in hand on the Rockets.

LaSalle and Strathroy trail third place Chatham by 7 points and lead sixth place London by 5 points.

In attendance at the WMMC was former Rocket and NHL alumni Patrick O’Sullivan. O’Sullivan was the Rocket Rookie of the Year in 1999-2000.

The Rockets will be idle this week until they host the Vipers at the WMMC on Saturday.


Sun. featured a matinee affair between Leamington and Sarnia Legionnaires.   The Flyers took the game 3-1 to extend their lead over the Legionnaires to 6 points.  Story by C. Scott Holland.

Flyers Down Sarnia 3-1 In Battle For First

In the first of three Sunday off night games, the Leamington Flyers hosted the Sarnia Legionnaires, and the two teams realized that the outcome would affect the standings. The Flyers entered the contest with a slight cushion on the second-place Legionnaires and with most teams in the Western Conference now at the season’s midway point, a victory by either was important.

By the time the final buzzer sounded the hometown Flyers had strongly made a case why they deserved to be the top team as 405 fans watched them lead Sarnia 3-0 until the final minutes when Sarnia notched their lone tally to make the final 3-1.

It was Leamington who controlled the vast majority of the game via superb puck control and an almost relentless flurry of shots on Sarnia starter Hunter Johnson. Johnson played the entire game and made 40 saves while Leamington counterpart, rookie Michael Barrett, didn’t have nearly as much action and handled 22 of 23. Powerplays were scoreless for both teams as they each had four opportunities.

Leamington went on the attack right from the drop of the first puck. Cale Phibbs sent Chris Scott down the right lane and Scott boomed a shot that Johnson kicked out. But the big rebound bounded right on to Mitchell Amante’s stick and Amante wasted no time in drilling it past Johnson. That 1-0 lead came at 1:56 and set the game’s tone for the rest of the night. The Flyers pounded 16 shots at Johnson in the opening 20 minutes and used crisp passes and their speed to keep Sarnia off balance. The only time Leamington faltered was on a penalty kill and for several minutes afterward when several, blind backhand passes never hit their intended target.

The score remained close and despite Sarnia’s limited scoring chances they were still in the thick of the game.

The Flyers repeated their same tactics in the second, but this time reaped some rewards. Shot after shot was blasted at Hunter and Sarnia was back on their heels playing defense most of the frame. The Flyers outshot Sarnia 14-7 in the period and collected two goals along the way to take a commanding 3-0 lead.

At 14:06, Chris Scott intercepted an errant pass in the Sarnia zone and a high shot from the slot to the right of Johnson and it found the mark in the upper corner. Just 41 seconds later, the Flyers pressed again and Phibbs and Tyler Duarte hooked passes with Amante who blistered a shot that eluded Hunter and made it a 3-0 lead.

To the credit of the Legionnaires, they regrouped in between the second and third and came out stronger. The period saw lots of back and forth action until 13:22 when Leamington’s Alex Friesen and Sarnia’s Riley Babkirk battled in the neutral zone. Friesen was penalized for holding while Babkirk, a former Flyers’ player, was sidelined for roughing but received a 10 minute misconduct which caused him to exit the game.

The Flyers killed two consecutive penalties to keep the score 3-0. However, a giveaway to the Legionnaires’ Ryan Vendramin in their own end with goalie Barrett down in his crease, gave Vendramin a good chance to score, and that he did by lifting a high shot, which Barrett tried to stab but failed to snare. The Sarnia goal came at 18:37 and ended Barrett’s shutout bid.

The victory put the Flyers six points ahead of Sarnia (34) with Chatham in third by one point (33).

Congratulations go to Flyers’ players Trevor Wheaton who was named the Western Conference’s goalie of the month for October and Jake McGhee who was hailed as the West’s defenseman of the month for October. Western Conference Secretary-Treasurer Doug Johnson presented the awards.

The Flyers have only one road game during the next 12 days. They play in LaSalle Wed. Nov. 26 at 7 pm and return home on Dec. 5 to host the London Nationals; their annual Teddy Bear Toss night will be Thurs. Dec. 11 vs the Chatham Maroons.            

On Sun. night, Chatham Maroons hosted London Nationals.  It was a close contest with the Maroons pulling out a 3-2 win over the Nats.  Story from Chatham Daily News.

Maroons add ex-Knights goalie Patterson


By Mark Malone

The Chatham Maroons took a game from London on Sunday.

They got a goalie from London, too.

After beating the Nationals 3-2 before 717 fans at Memorial Arena, the Maroons announced they had acquired former London Knights netminder Jake Patterson.

The Sault Ste. Marie native played for three straight Memorial Cup teams, but he hasn’t seen action since parting ways with the Knights on the eve of training camp.

The Maroons now have two 20-year-old goaltenders in Patterson and Bo Bessette.

“It’ll be good competition for them,” Maroons head coach Mark Davis said. “They’ll be challenging each other.”

Patterson isn’t expected to play for another 1½ to two weeks while he knocks off some rust. Once he’s ready, there will be an open competition for the No. 1 job.

“The best thing about this is you have two 20-year-olds who want to play, so they’re going to push each other,” Davis said.

Patterson has a career record of 43-17-1-4 in the OHL regular season. He also won the final three games of the 2013 OHL championship.

His arrival leaves Jacob Lucier as the odd man out. The Maroons want the 19-year-old goalie to consider playing for their junior ‘C’ affiliate in Blenheim, Davis said.

Bessette isn’t concerned about losing any starts to Patterson. He just wants what is best for the team.

“Nothing really changes,” Bessette said. “We’re both going to work for the ice time and whoever plays well is going to play. I’m not worried.”

Bessette made 38 saves while notching his 15th win, tied for the most in the Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League.

He also leads the league with more than 1,243 minutes played. He has a 2.65 goals-against average and .915 save percentage.

“I definitely feel like I’ve been playing pretty good, but there’s always room for improvement,” Bessette said. “Nobody’s perfect. Like tonight, my puck-handling skills were lacking.”

The Maroons wiped out a 1-0 deficit with three consecutive goals by their No. 1 line.

“They played very well tonight,” Davis said. “I thought the whole game, everybody played very well.”

Brennan Feasey scored the tying goal in the second period at 8:22 and Trevor Richardson followed with the go-ahead goal at 15:09.

The period ended with a fight between Chatham’s Alexander Morgan and London’s Kyle Robinson that fired up the crowd going into the third.

Maroons captain Michael Verboom scored at 2:28 for a 3-1 lead.

That goal proved to be the winner when Tanner Ferreira of the Nationals scored on a power play at 11:39.

Feasey finished with three points in the Maroons’ ninth win in 10 games. Verboom and Richardson each had two points.

The Maroons are third in the Western Conference, one point behind the Legionnaires, going into Thursday’s game in Sarnia.

Drew Worrad scored the Nationals’ other goal in the second period.

Nationals goalie Justin Tugwell made 37 saves. He and Bessette were drafted by the Oshawa Generals in 2010 – Tugwell in the sixth round and Bessette in the 10th.

NOTES: Zach Lindley of the Chatham-Kent Minor Midget Cyclones dressed as the Maroons’ backup goalie. … Chatham was 0-for-3 on the power play and London was 1-for-5. … Feasey is third in GOJHL scoring with 40 points. Davis Boyer of the Legionnaires is first with 42. … Chatham’s Brendan Harrogate had his second straight two-goal game for the LaSalle Vipers in a 9-5 win over the Lambton Shores Predators on Sunday. The 16-year-old rookie has eight goals in 12 games.


The final game this weekend was Lambton Shores Predators hosting LaSalle Vipers.  The Preds got hammered again, taking a 9-5 loss.  Story from www.lasallevipers.com

LaSalle’s Beaudoin records hat trick in big win over Preds

Daniel Beaudoin scored three times as the LaSalle Vipers defeated the Lambton Shores Predators 9-5 at The Shores Recreation Centre Sunday night.

Nikko Sablone opened the scoring early for the Vipers, setting the stage for an opening 20 minutes controlled almost entirely LaSalle.

Rookies Brendan Harrogate and Nick Gauvin each scored and Daniel Beaudoin struck twice, offset only by an Ethan Sarfati tally for the Predators, giving LaSalle a 5-1 lead after 20 minutes.

Beaudoin, a LaSalle native, completed his hat trick with a second period power play goal and Harrogate scored his second of the night, and fourth in the past two games, less than five minutes later.

“We expect that from Daniel,” Vipers head coach Bill Bowler says of the second year forward. “He’s a force at both ends of the ice.”

Despite missing several games with an ankle injury, Harrogate has eight goals this year – all of which have come in two-goal performances (Sept. 10, Oct. 22, Nov. 19 and Nov. 23). The 16-year-old is a 2014 seventh round pick of the Ontario Hockey League’s Mississauga Steelheads.

“(Harrogate) has found his touch around the net,” Bowler says. “Gator has been great for us.”

The Predators put a third period scare into the Vipers, scoring four times in a span of 4:05, before late goals by Chris Pignanelli and Brett Primeau iced the win.

Eli Billing made 48 saves to pick up the win, while Andrew Harriman-Duke stopped 43 in the loss. Pignanelli (one goal, two assists) and Korey Morgan (three assists) had three-point games for LaSalle, while Primeau (one goal, one assist), Graham Pickard and Manny Silverio (two assists each) had multi-point nights.

Vipers captain Brett Langlois returned to action, picking up an assist. He had missed more than a month with a shoulder injury suffered Oct. 22 against the Predators.

“It’s a huge morale boost to have almost everyone back,” Langlois says, “It helps the whole team, especially the guys who have been playing a lot of minutes. Guys aren’t as tired mentally and physically.”

With Langlois’ return, the Vipers are nearly at full health. Only rookie forwards Kyler Carter and Tyler Russell remain sidelined. Perhaps not coincidentally, LaSalle has turned in their two best offensive performances of the season in their last two games, scoring a combined 17 goals.

“It allows you to use guys in the right situations,” Bowler says of having a full complement of players available. “Competition for ice time is important.”

The Vipers next contest is Wednesday night against the first place Leamington Flyers at the Vollmer Centre. Our last home game against the Flyers, Nov. 5, drew over 900 fans to the Vollmer Centre.

We are raffling off a pair of Red Wings tickets Wednesday night, courtesy of Tolmie Orthodontics, so arrive early to ensure you have a seat to the latest edition of Essex County Rivalry night in Hometown Hockey action at the Vollmer Centre. Game time is 7 pm.


Here are your standings after the weekend.


Leamington 25 20 5 0 40 .800 109 61 594 11-2-0 9-3-0
Sarnia 24 17 7 0 34 .708 115 85 465 11-2-0 6-5-0
Chatham 23 16 6 1 33 .717 104 72 498 8-5-0 8-1-1
LaSalle 23 13 10 0 26 .565 93 78 565 8-5-0 5-5-0
Strathroy 26 13 13 0 26 .500 100 95 529 8-4-0 5-9-0
London 24 10 13 1 21 .438 73 81 489 6-4-1 4-9-0
St. Thomas 22 7 13 2 16 .364 67 78 377 5-5-1 2-8-1
Lambton Shores 23 6 14 3 15 .326 68 112 616 5-5-1 1-9-2
St. Marys 23 2 19 2 6 .130 40 111 463 2-9-1 0-10-1




Coming up this week

Tuesday, November 25

Lambton Shores Predators vs. London Nationals – 7:30 Shores Rec Centre

Wednesday, November 26

LaSalle Vipers vs. Leamington Flyers – 7:00 Vollmer Rec Centre

London Nationals vs. St. Marys Lincolns – 7:30 Western Fair

Thursday, November 27

Sarnia Legionnaires vs. Chatham Maroons – 7:10 Sarnia Arena


They should be some good games this week.  After completely taking the weekend off, which is rare for me during hockey season, I’m going to try and make it to London vs. St. Marys this week.  If I could, I’d go to Sarnia and Chatham on Thurs., but it’s tough for me to make it to Sarnia.  Another really good game would be LaSalle and Leamington on Wednesday.

Have a good week fans and I’ll see you again on Wed. for another player profile, this week coming from Lambton Shores Predators.

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