Weekend Recap Nov. 28-30

Happy December hockey fans.  Hope you had a good weekend.  We had 4 games this weekend, so lets take a look.

First game was Fri. night when St. Thomas Stars hosted Sarnia Legionnaires.  The Legionnaires had a third period comeback to defeat the Stars 6-4.  Story from SarniaSports.com.

Legionnaires Upend Stars



Ryan Vendramin and Riley Babkirk led the way Friday as the Sarnia Legionnaires defeated the St. Thomas Stars 6-4 right in the Elgin County city.

Vendramin had three assists and Babkirk had two goals to help the club win its second game in two nights.

Sarnia, which is in second place in the Western Jr. ‘B’ hockey standings, now has a 19-7 won-lost record. The Legionnaires are five points ahead of third ranked Chatham and four back of the front running Leamington Flyers.

“It was a tough Friday night game for us after a big game Thursday,” head coach Dan Rose said afterward. “The guys expended a lot of energy, both emotionally and physically (in Thursday’s home win against the Chatham Maroons).”

He added, “In the second period we were flat, but in the third they showed they wanted to win and they played hard. They played the way they’re capable of. The kids sucked it up and played well in the third.”

Babkirk got the winner in the final stanza, beating goalie Dan Black with a seeing-eye tally.

The veteran forward came flying down the wing on a two-on-one break before slamming on the brakes in the faceoff circle. Then, while standing still, he picked the top corner with a blistering wrist shot.

“I was originally looking to pass but the goalie took that option away so I had to shoot. It went in high on the stick side,” Babkirk said.

The veteran forward said the Legionnaires are starting to find the form that made them a powerhouse earlier in the season. “We’re persevering, I think we’re starting to get things together,” he said.

Defenceman Brad Campbell got Sarnia on the board first with a drive from the point. The goal was his ninth of the season.

Vendramin picked up his first of three helpers on the play. he now has 20 points in 15 games since rejoining the team last month.

Kyler Keating (with his 10th), Cody Trowell (with his 21st) and Jordan Fogarty (with his eighth) rounded out the Legionnaires scoring. Fogarty’s tally was into an empty net.

Zach Grzelewski had two goals for the Stars, with singles going to Dane Johnstone and Wayne Russell.

Backup goalie Cornel Felder was solid in the Sarnia cage, kicking out 40 shots. He also stood his ground when facing a St. Thomas penalty shot by Josh Stegers. Felder refused to make the first move, forcing Stegers to shoot wide.

The Legionnaires had 32 shots on Black.

Sarnia returns to action next Wednesday when it travels to London to face the Nationals. Their next home game is next Thursday, when they host the Chatham Maroons. Game time at the Brock Street barn is set for 7:10 p.m.


The other game on Fri. was St. Marys Lincolns hosting Lambton Shores Predators.  It was a very back and forth game with the Predators taking the win 5-4.

Ocean Check opened the scoring in the game at 10:55 to give the Lincolns the 1-0 lead.  Seven minutes later, on the power play, Drew Marlatt tied the game up for the Preds.

The second period saw the majority of the scoring for the game.  St. Marys Mitch Read gave the Lincs a 2-1 lead 2:06 into the period.  The Preds took the lead with 2 goals 26 seconds apart from Brett Corrigan and Marlatt.  Check scored his second of the game a minute later to tie the game at 3-3.  Ryan Fraser gave the Preds the final lead 14 seconds after that.  Brendan Trottier drove home the game winner, on the power play, at 18:54 of the period.

The loan goal in the third was from Graham Brulotte, on the power play, at 1:14 into the period, but it wasn’t enough for the Lincolns.

Andrew Marriman-Duke took the win in net for the Preds, stopping 20 of 24 shots.  Andrew Masters took the loss for the Linclons making 31 of 36 saves.


On Sat. night, Strathroy Rockets hosted LaSalle Vipers.  The Rockets and the Vipers have been trading 4th place for the last couple weeks.  Strathroy took it back Sat. night with a late third period goal to win 6-5.  Story from David Honsberger.

A goal by Strathroy Rockets scoring leader Brett Dalton with 25.2 seconds remaining in regulation time propelled the Rockets into sole possession of fourth place with a narrow 6-5 victory over the visiting LaSalle Vipers at the West Middlesex Memorial Centre on Saturday, November 29 in front of a sparse gathering of 349 fans.

The Rockets and the Vipers entered the contest tied for fourth place in the Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League Western Conference.

The Rockets finished November trailing the third place Chatham Maroons by 5 points. The Rockets lead the sixth place London Nationals by 3 points. The Vipers enjoy two games in hand on the Rockets while the Nationals have one game in hand on Strathroy.

The Rockets were 7-2 in November. They entered the month in sixth place trailing Chatham by 7 points, LaSalle by 6 points and London by 3.

The Vipers heavily protested Dalton’s game winner. With the game tied 5-5 Viper defenseman Nick Gauvin was assessed an interference penalty for leveling Rocket Mark MacAulay at the side of the Viper goal with 2:08 remaining in regulation time. With time dwindling away on the Rocket powerplay and overtime drawing near Viper defenseman Brett Langlois tried to clear the puck from the LaSalle zone. The Vipers claimed that Rocket defenseman Kurtis Sander, who was positioned in front of the Viper bench, tried to knock down the clearing attempt at the point only to have the puck glance off his glove and bounce into the neutral zone.

Rocket rearguard Matt Laberge gathered up the puck and four passes later Dalton had delivered the deathblow. Sander found Dalton unmarked at the side on the Viper goal feeding the Strathroy native with a delicious diagonal pass. It was Sander’s fifth game-winning assist of the season.

It was a bitter loss for the Vipers who had battled back from a 5-2 deficit on third period goals by Brandan Harrogate, Graham Pickard and Eric Kirby.

The Rockets had never trailed in the game leading by period scores of 2-1 and 3-2. The Vipers tied the game on three occasions.

Following Dalton’s game winner Korey Carter was handed an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty while head coach/GM Bill Bowler was ejected from the game.

Nathan Veres also scored for LaSalle while Pickard had two goals on the night.

Stuart King scored a pair of third period powerplay goal for the Rockets to give them the seemingly comfortable three-goal lead. Sander, Sam Vokes and Kieran Milne also scored for the Rockets.

Nick Boyer had another outstanding game for the Rockets. He set up three of the Rockets goals. Sander also earned three assists to go along with his goal.

Mat Ouellet improved his record to 14-8 while Eli Billing saw his record fall to 5-6. Ouellet leads all GOJHL goaltenders in minutes played and saves. Billing made several outstanding saves in the first period.

The wide-open affair saw the Rockets outshoot the Vipers 41-40.

Despite having just a single minor penalty called in the first period, some undisciplined Viper play allowed the Rockets to capitalize 3 times on 9 powerplay opportunities. Twice in the contest the Rockets enjoyed 5-on-3 chances, one for 1:08 and the other for 1:33. The Rockets scored once with a two-man advantage. The Rockets are 3 for 18 in five-on-three situations this season.

The Vipers were 1 for 4 with the man advantage.

The win improved the Rockets’ home winning streak to 7 games. The Vipers lead the season series 3 games to 2. The remaining game will be played in LaSalle on January 14. The Rockets have won just a single game in LaSalle in the past four seasons.

Since dealing their former captain Tyler Duarte to the Leamington Flyers, the Rockets are 10-3. All three losses, to Leamington, Sarnia and LaSalle, are just by a single goal.

The Vipers were running with a very short bench. Just 15 skaters were dressed for the game. Nikko Sablone and Dalton Langlois were sitting out suspensions. To complicate matters for the Vipers Daniel Beaudoin was sent to the showers at 6:12 of the third period for three stick violations and leading scorer Brett Primeau hobbled to the dressing room shortly after the Vipers had tied the match at 5-5.

The Rockets were playing without Jack Kilgour, Nick Whitworth and Jacob Rody who were all serving suspensions. Call-up Austin Blais looked quite poised on the blueline playing in his first game on defense with the Rockets.

The Chatham Maroons will be making their first visit of the year to Strathroy this Saturday while the Vipers will host Lambton Shores on Wednesday and travel to Memorial Arena in Chatham on Sunday to battle the Maroons.


On Sun. night, the Chatham Maroons hosted St. Thomas Stars.  The Maroons lost a close game on Thurs. were looking to bounce back from it.  They dropped another close one as the Stars defeated them 3-2.  Story from Chatham Daily News.

Maroons can’t find net against Stars

By Mark Malone


Tyler Roeszler wasn’t awarding any As for effort Sunday.

The Chatham Maroons’ new head coach was bemoaning their lack of a finishing touch after a second straight one-goal loss.

Despite outshooting the St. Thomas Stars 36-20, the Maroons fell 3-2 before 820 fans at Memorial Arena.

“The effort was there,” said Roeszler, who is 0-2 since replacing Mark Davis last week. “We carried the play again, but at the end of the day all that matters is the scoreboard. The bottom line is we’ve got to find a way to win these games.”

The Maroons kept the play in the Stars’ end for almost the last five minutes, but they couldn’t get the tying goal past netminder Nikolas Dampier.

“It’s just not good enough just to get chances,” Roeszler said. “We have to find a way to put them in the net. Our offensive players will have to be held accountable.”

Former London Knights goalie Jake Patterson stopped 17 shots in his first start with the Maroons.

He shut out the Stars for the final 34-plus minutes while his teammates peppered Dampier with shots.

“They were able to score three goals on their five or six scoring chances in the game,” Roeszler said, “and we were able to score two on our 20 or 25 chances.”

Trevor Richardson and Nate Pietens scored for the Maroons (16-8-1), who remain in third place in the Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League’s Western Conference.

They’ve lost three of five since winning a season-high seven in a row.

“It sucks to lose the games,” Pietens said. “We still have some stuff to work on. We didn’t play bad in those (last two) games. We were competitive and I’d say we outplayed them in both games, but we lost.

“Losses happen. It looks bad coming right after the change, but we’ll get back on the right track.”

The Stars led 2-1 after the first period. Zach Grzelewski’s two goals sandwiched one by Richardson.

Jordan Babb increased the lead to 3-1 in the second at 5:37.

Pietens replied on a power play with 25 seconds left in the period.

He said the players have handled the coaching change well.

“We’re ready to put the past behind us,” Pietens said. “It’s a pretty big deal, … but we’re just looking forward to the future. Our goal is still the same. Our focus is still the same.”

NOTES: Chatham was 1-for-6 and St. Thomas was 0-for-4 on the power play. … Maroons defenceman Connor Annett played his third game since missing almost a month with collarbone and rib injuries. … The Maroons lost centre Steven Beenackers early in the third period when he was whistled for checking from behind. … The players ended the Movember fundraising campaign by shaving their moustaches after the game. … The Maroons play Thursday in Sarnia and Saturday in Strathroy before hosting LaSalle on Sunday.


Here are your end of November standings.

Leamington 26 21 5 0 42 .808 114 63 634 11-2-0 10-3-0
Sarnia 26 19 7 0 38 .731 127 94 496 12-2-0 7-5-0
Chatham 25 16 8 1 33 .660 111 81 513 8-6-0 8-2-1
Strathroy 27 14 13 0 28 .519 106 100 539 9-4-0 5-9-0
LaSalle 25 13 12 0 26 .520 100 89 627 8-6-0 5-6-0
London 26 12 13 1 25 .481 82 83 536 7-4-1 5-9-0
St. Thomas 24 8 14 2 18 .375 74 86 409 5-6-1 3-8-1
Lambton Shores 25 7 15 3 17 .340 75 120 667 5-6-1 2-9-2
St. Marys 25 2 21 2 6 .120 44 121 510 2-10-1 0-11-1



I’m also including the individual stats.

Top 10 scorers in the Conference

1 Boyer, Davis SAR F 26 16 27 43 33 3 9 0 1 2
2 Feasey, Brennan CHA F 24 17 24 41 18 5 6 0 0 1
3 Verboom, Michael CHA F 24 10 28 38 10 0 10 1 0 2
4 Trowell, Cody SAR F 26 21 16 37 6 2 7 1 0 4
Babkirk, Riley SAR F 25 14 23 37 52 5 6 0 0 1
6 Scott, Chris LEA F 25 17 16 33 6 4 3 0 1 3
7 Richardson, Trevor CHA F 25 17 15 32 13 4 1 0 0 1
8 King, Stuart SRY F 26 15 16 31 32 5 3 0 0 3
Dalton, Brett SRY F 25 14 17 31 10 7 7 0 0 2
Hopkins, Brayden CHA F 25 13 18 31 40 3 0 0 0 3
Beenackers, Steven CHA F 25 9 22 31 47 0 5 0 0 2
Worrad, Drew LON F 25 11 20 31 10 1 7 1 1 1



Penalty leaders

1 Kotsovos, Anthony LON D 22 2 4 6 92 0 0 0 0 0
2 Langlois, Brett LAS D 15 2 8 10 88 0 1 0 1 0
Bowen, John CHA F 19 1 6 7 88 0 1 0 0 0
4 Sarfati, Ethan LSP F 23 11 16 27 87 3 10 0 1 0
5 Wammes, Adam LSP D 20 0 2 2 86 0 0 0 0 0
6 Levesque, Michael CHA F 23 3 1 4 80 0 0 0 0 0
7 Bechard, Blaine LEA D 24 3 4 7 77 1 2 0 0 1
8 Robinson, Kyle L LON F 23 6 14 20 76 0 3 2 0 0
9 Muzzin, Ryan LEA D 23 1 11 12 73 1 4 0 0 0
10 Todosichuk, Derek LON F 23 11 15 26 71 4 4 0 0 1



Top 5 goalies

1 Ferrington, Logan LON 11 550:57 5 3 0 0 1 15 1.63 249 .943
2 Barrett, Michael LEA 13 667:05 10 2 0 0 2 21 1.89 295 .934
3 Wheaton, Trevor LEA 16 890:37 11 3 0 0 1 40 2.69 346 .896
4 Bessette, Bo CHA 22 1267:33 15 6 0 0 3 60 2.84 602 .909
5 Dampier, Nikolas STT 21 1142:28 7 11 0 1 1 63 3.31 581 .902



Coming up this week

Wednesday, December 3

LaSalle Vipers vs. Lambton Shores Predators – 7:00 Vollmer Rec Centre

London Nationals vs. Sarnia Legionnaires – 7:30 Western Fair

Thursday, December 4

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

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

St. Thomas Stars vs. St. Marys Lincolns – 7:30 Timken Centre


Any of the games should be good this week.  I’m hoping to make it out to 1 of them, but it is the Christmas season and shopping needs to be done.

Have a good week fans.  I’ll see you again this Wed. for another player profile.  This week will be 1 of my boys, I’m just not sure which one yet.

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