ROCKETS CHASE PATTERSON, UPEND MAROONS 6-4

Former London Knight goaltender Jake Patterson is going to have to wait for another day until he earns his first win as a Chatham Maroon.

Many of the 431 fans in attendance at the West Middlesex Memorial Centre came hoping to see the former Knight’s star in action.

The Rockets gave Patterson a rude welcoming pumping 5 goals past him in the opening 35:10 on 19 shots before Bo Bessette came on in relief allowing just a single goal on 8 shots.

The Rockets won 6-4. The win helped solidify the Rockets in forth place in the Western Conference moving them four points ahead of the fifth place LaSalle Vipers. The win also temporarily moved the Rockets to within 3 points of the third place Maroons. The following night Chatham restored their 5-point lead over the Rockets with a 7-5 victory over the Vipers.

Patterson, a Sault Ste. Marie native, is actually looking for his first win in the GOJHL. Patterson played 3 games as a London National in 2011-12 dropping all three decisions.

In all honesty, Patterson didn’t receive much help from his new teammates. The Maroons were guilty of backing in on their netminder giving the Rockets time and space to find openings behind the goaltender. Patterson had to fend for himself on several occasions dealing with Rocket breakaways and odd man rushes. He did make a couple of outstanding stops to thrill the crowd.

The Rockets led 2-0 after one period and 5-2 after two periods.

GOJHL Western Conference goaltender of the month for November Mat Ouellete was a standout for the Rockets as the Maroons outshot the Rockets 41-27.

Nick Griffin and Nick Boyer aided the Rocket cause with a pair of shorthanded goals. The Maroons have given up 10 shorthanded goals this season. They are tied in that category with last place Brantford of the Mid-Western Conference.

Each team scored once with the man advantage. The Rockets had just 2 chances while the Maroons had four.

The win improved the Rockets’ home winning streak to eight games.

Rocket goal scorers were Griffin with a pair, Stuart King, Eddy Schulz, Sam Vokes, and Boyer.

Alexander Morgan replied with a pair for the Maroons. Nate Pietens and Michael Levesque added singles.

King extended his point streak to 10 games, tying Brett Dalton for the longest point streak by a Rocket this season.

Kings’ goal also improved his goal-scoring streak to four games, the longest by any Rocket this season.

Rocket defenseman Andrew Martin had a stellar outing earning first star honours. Boyer and Ouellet were also selected as Entertainment Tonight Players of the Game.

The Rockets will play their only two road games of December this week before hosting the London Nationals on Saturday at the WMMC. Tuesday the Rockets will be in Forest to play the Lambton Shores Predators before visiting the Pyramid Recreation Complex in St. Marys on Friday to play the Lincolns.

All Rockets road games are broadcast live on 105.7 myFM with Chris Soares calling the play-by-play.

David Honsberger

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