Games of the Week for Nov. 25-27

Hello fans.  Hooray!  You made it to another Friday.

This week started off with a rare Tues. home game for Lambton Shores Predators as they hosted London Nationals.  The Nats skated away with a 4-2 win.  Story from Blackburn Radio Sarnia.

Preds Fall To Nationals

By Josh Boyce, @JTBoyce

http://blackburnnews.com/sarnia/sarnia-news/2014/11/26/preds-fall-to-nationals/

The Lambton Shores Predators (6-15-3) dropped their fifth straight game Tuesday night, a 4-2 home defeat at the hands of the London Nationals (11-13-1).

Colin Burns led the way for the Preds with a goal and an assist. Ethan Sarfati scored his team-leading 11th goal, while Brenden Trottier notched two assists. Kyle Robinson scored twice for London in the win.

Preds Defenceman Adam Wammes was handed a five minute penalty and a game misconduct for slashing Robinson as he scored. The Preds’ Sean Ross and the Nationals’ Anthony Kotsovos were both given ten minute misconducts for “inciting an opponent.”

Despite a combined 65 minutes in penalties, each team was held scoreless on the powerplay. The Preds went 0-11 while the Nationals were 0-8. Lambton Shores outshot London 40-31.

Lambton Shores is in St. Marys to face the last place Lincolns on Friday night.

 

On Wed., fourth place LaSalle Vipers hosted their Essex County rivals, and first place, Leamington Flyers.  The Flyers took the game 5-2.  Story from Windsor Star.

http://blogs.windsorstar.com/sports/local-sports-roundup-amherst-goalie-paquette-blanks-massey-2-0

The first-place Leamington Flyers extended their winning streak to seven games with a 5-2 victory over the LaSalle Vipers in junior B hockey at the Vollmer Centre in LaSalle Wednesday.

Mitchell Amante scored two goals, Matthew Opblinger, Kyle Quick and Tyler Duarte added singles and Trevor Wheaton made 31 saves. The Flyers (20-5) will host London (11-13-1) next Thursday at 7 p.m.

Graham Pickard and Nathan Savage replied for the Vipers and goalie Trevor Wheaton faced 29 shots. LaSalle (13-10-0) will be in Strathroy (13-13-0) Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

 

Also on Wed., London Nationals looked for their 2nd win in a row as they hosted last place St. Marys Lincolns.  The Lincolns were shut out 5-0.  Story from Pointstreak.

Ferrington, London blank St. Marys, 5-0

Logan Ferrington was superb between the pipes for the London Nationals, as he did not allow a goal in a 5-0 victory over the St. Marys Lincolns.

London was led by Tanner Ferreira, who grabbed one goal and one assist. Ferreira scored 9:17 into the first period to make the score 1-0 London. Ethan Cocurullo assisted on the tally.

Referees had their hands full with a major incident at 14:32 into the first period. Four fighting penalties were dished out along with two game misconducts.

The Nationals excelled on the penalty kill, not giving up a single goal in four chances. London’s offense rang up 41 shots on St. Marys’ net.

London also had goals scored by Justin Murray, Derek Todosichuk, Brent House, and Colin Wilson, who scored one goal each. More assists for London came via Matt MacPherson, who had two and Derek Di Iorio, Anthony Kotsovos, Kyle Robinson, Matt Bean, and Drew Worrad, who each chipped in one.

Ferrington rejected 26 shots on goal for the Nationals. London totaled 13 minutes in penalty time with four minors and one major and went 1-for-4 on the power play. The Nationals ran into serious disciplinary problems during the contest, and Kotsovos was ejected from the game.

Tyler Beattie recorded 36 saves for the Lincolns. St. Marys ended with 13 minutes in penalty time with four minors and one major. For the Lincolns, Evan Krassey was ejected from the game.

 

Thursday night, Sarnia Legionnaires were the only Western game as they hosted Chatham Maroons.  The Maroons are coming off news that 2/3 of their coaching staff was let go this week, with Tyler Roeszler taking over as Head Coach.  The Legionnaires escaped with a 6-5 win after a late goal.  Story from Chatham Daily News.

Patterson debuts in Maroons’ last-minute loss

By Mark Malone

http://www.chathamdailynews.ca/2014/11/28/patterson-debuts-in-maroons-last-minute-loss

Tyler Roeszler could still laugh at a joke about a goaltending controversy after the Chatham Maroons’ tough loss in his head-coaching debut Thursday.

Newly signed Jake Patterson replaced Bo Bessette early in the second period with the Maroons trailing the Legionnaires 5-2 at Sarnia Arena.

The Maroons responded with three straight goals before Jake O’Donnell of the Legionnaires scored with 38 seconds left in the third period for a 6-5 win.

Patterson stopped 10 of 11 shots in his Maroons debut, while Bessette allowed five goals on 18 shots.

“No, it’s not a controversy,” Roeszler said, chuckling. “They’ll push each other. It’s all good.”

Roeszler was promoted to head coach on Wednesday, one day after the resignations of head coach Mark Davis and assistant coach Shawn Tiffin.

Patterson, a former London Knight, hadn’t practised all season until the Maroons acquired him less than a week ago. He wasn’t expected to play until sometime next week, but those plans changed when the Maroons fell behind by three goals 3:50 into the second period.

“It was 5-2 and I looked down the bench and said, ‘You ready to go in?’ and he nodded,” Roeszler said. “He went in there and gave us a chance to win.”

O’Donnell’s winning goal went between the legs of a Maroons defenceman and off Patterson’s glove.

“Just kind of a lucky shot,” Roeszler said.

Third-year forward Michael Levesque led the Maroons’ comeback with his first career two-goal game.

Steven Beenackers scored for a 5-3 game, then Levesque potted two goals just over five minutes apart late in the second period for a tie.

Levesque had only one goal all season before Thursday.

“Mike’s played great the last three or four games,” Roeszler said. “He’s really starting to come on and make offensive plays and use his skating. It was nice to see him bury a couple.”

Steven Szekesy and Brayden Hopkins scored in the first period as the Maroons went into the intermission trailing 3-2.

Riley Babkirk and Cody Trowell of the Legionnaires scored early in the second to chase Bessette, who’s tied for first in the Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League with 15 wins.

Roeszler called a timeout to let the Maroons regroup. The break paid off.

“We really responded with that and took it to them,” he said. “We got it back to 5-5 by the end of the period, and it could have been 6-5 or 7-5.”

Ryan Vendramin scored two goals for the Legionnaires in the first period and Davis Boyer had the other.

Ex-Maroon Hunter Johnson made 22 saves in Sarnia’s net.

NOTES: Defenceman John Bowen was tossed for a first-period fight with Sarnia’s P.J. Vandervaart. Dede Cato was then moved back to the blue-line, leaving the Maroons with only 11 forwards. … The Legionnaires (18-7-0) moved three points ahead of the Maroons (16-7-1) for second place in the Western Conference. … Hopkins and Beenackers each finished with three points. … The Maroons will host the St. Thomas Stars at 7 p.m. Sunday at Memorial Arena. They’ll travel to Sarnia again next Thursday.

 

Heading into the final weekend of November, here are the standings.

 

TEAM GP W L OTL PTS PCT GF GA PIM HOME AWAY
Leamington 26 21 5 0 42 .808 114 63 634 11-2-0 10-3-0
Sarnia 25 18 7 0 36 .720 121 90 476 12-2-0 6-5-0
Chatham 24 16 7 1 33 .688 109 78 505 8-5-0 8-2-1
LaSalle 24 13 11 0 26 .542 95 83 609 8-6-0 5-5-0
Strathroy 26 13 13 0 26 .500 100 95 529 8-4-0 5-9-0
London 26 12 13 1 25 .481 82 83 536 7-4-1 5-9-0
St. Thomas 22 7 13 2 16 .364 67 78 377 5-5-1 2-8-1
Lambton Shores 24 6 15 3 15 .313 70 116 647 5-6-1 1-9-2
St. Marys 24 2 20 2 6 .125 40 116 476 2-9-1 0-11-1

 

Coming up this weekend

Friday, November 28

St. Thomas Stars vs. Sarnia Legionnaires – 7:30 Timken Centre

St. Marys Lincolns vs. Lambton Shores Predators – 7:30 Pyramid Rec Centre

Saturday, November 29

Strathroy Rockets vs. LaSalle Vipers – 7:30 West Middlesex Memorial

Sunday, November 30

Chatham Maroons vs. St. Thomas Stars – 7:00 Chatham Memorial

 

 

Any of the games should be good this weekend.  The Preds have fallen off from their great start, and although they’re 9 points ahead of the Lincolns, don’t count Stone Town out yet.

There’s not a lot of room in the standings for St. Thomas to move up, but with 2 games this weekend, they could move away from the Predators.

Strathroy and LaSalle should be the game of the weekend.  Those 2 are fighting for 4 and 5 in the standings, with London just 1 point back.

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