Weekend Recap for Dec. 5-7

Hello GOJHL fans.  I hope you had a good weekend.  This weekend saw 5 games in the Western Conference.


The first game was Friday when St. Marys Lincolns and St. Thomas Stars finished their home and home series.  St. Thomas defeated the Lincolns 5-1.  Story from Pointstreak.

Grzelewski nets hat trick, leads St. Thomas to 5-1 win over St. Marys

Zach Grzelewski netted a hat trick to lead the St. Thomas Stars over the St. Marys Lincolns, 5-1.

Grzelewski’s first goal came 12:35 into the first period. He then added goals at 19:29 into the first and at 15:40 into the third.

St. Marys was stymied by St. Thomas’ netminder Nikolas Dampier, who stopped 28 shots during the victory. Dampier certainly lowered his goals against average, which was 3.18 entering the contest.

The Stars stifled the Lincolns’ power play, and did not give up a single goal while down a man. St. Thomas’ offense rang up 34 shots on St. Marys’ net.

St. Thomas also had goals scored by Matt McJannet and Brett Van Dusen, who each put in one. Other players who recorded assists for St. Thomas were Dane Johnstone, who had three, Reed Horvat and Carson Brookshaw, who each chipped in one, and Blair Mincer and Spencer Hutchinson, who contributed two each.

The Lincolns were led by Ocean Check, who scored the team’s only goal. Check scored 17:03 into the first period to make the score 1-1. CJ Griffith picked up the assist.

The Stars incurred eight minutes in penalty time with four minors. St. Marys’ Tyler Beattie stopped 29 shots out of the 34 that he faced. The Lincolns incurred 10 minutes in penalty time with five minors.


On Sat. night, Lambton Shores Predators hosted Leamington Flyers.  The Flyers narrowly defeated the Preds 1-0.  Story from Pointstreak.

Leamington beats Lambton Shores 1-0 as Wheaton gains shutout

Trevor Wheaton recorded a shutout against the Lambton Shores Predators as the Leamington Flyers picked up a 1-0 win.

Matthew Opblinger’s game-winning tally was the game’s only goal. It came at 17:29 in the third period. Zack Guilbeault and J.P. Grineau picked up the assists.

Leamington pulled out the victory even though it was hit with 40 penalty minutes.

The Flyers excelled on the penalty kill, not giving up a single goal in nine chances. Leamington could not produce up to its normal offensive output. The Flyers put an average of 4.2 pucks into the net per game. Leamington’s defensive play was more effective than usual against Lambton Shores. The Flyers gives up 2.3 goals on average per game.

The Predators’ penalty kill was spotless, allowing no goals on five Leamington power plays. Lambton Shores did not reach the goal total it has come to expect this season. The Predators average 3.0 goals per game.

Wheaton rejected 30 shots on goal for Leamington. Andrew Harriman-Duke recorded 29 saves for Lambton Shores. The Predators incurred 12 minutes in penalty time with six minors.


The other game on Sat. was Strathroy Rockets vs. Chatham Maroons.  It was a classic Rockets-Maroons game and Strathroy was on the winning end of a 6-4 battle.  Story from David Honsberger.


By David Honsberger

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 Knights 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 in on relief allowing just a single goal on 8 shots.

The Rockets won 6-4.

The win helped solidify the Rockets in fourth 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.

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.


Sun night, Chatham Maroons were looking to end their losing streak, and earn head coach Tyler Roeszler his first win since taking over the job, as they hosted the LaSalle Vipers.  The Vipers have been a depleted squad lately and the Maroons handed them a 7-5 loss.  Story from Chatham Daily News.

Maroons down Vipers to end losing streak


By Mark Malone

The Chatham Maroons found the tonic for what ails them Sunday.

They snapped their four-game losing streak by continuing their recent dominance over the LaSalle Vipers with a 7-5 win before 812 fans at Memorial Arena.

The Maroons have won 10 straight over the Vipers dating back to last season.

“It always feels good to beat LaSalle,” said Maroons forward Connor Doran, a Tecumseh native. “Ever since I started playing here, it’s always been a rivalry we mark down on the schedule.”

The Maroons led 3-0 after the first period, but that lead was gone only 3:01 into the second period on three power-play goals by the Vipers.

Ian Faubert, with a man advantage, and Michael Verboom scored 49 seconds apart midway through the period for a 5-3 lead the Maroons wouldn’t lose.

“They got a couple power-play goals, but once we got to even strength, I thought we were all over them,” Maroons defenceman Connor McKinnon said. “The team played well.”

The Maroons gave head coach Tyler Roeszler his first win with goals from some unlikely sources. Doran and McKinnon each scored his first of the season.

Alexander Morgan, Jared Dennis and Brennan Feasey also scored for the Maroons (17-10-1), who are in third place in the GOJHL Western Conference.

Feasey finished with three points to take over the GOJHL scoring lead with 49 points.

Bo Bessette made 27 saves as the Maroons outshot the Vipers 57-32. He stopped Dalton Langlois on a short-handed breakaway with four minutes left to preserve the two-goal lead.

The Maroons refused to let the game get away from them after Nathan Savage, Manny Silverio and Korey Morgan scored for a 3-3 tie early in the second period.

“They had momentum,” McKinnon said. “We just had to bear down and start putting things on net, and I think we took off from there.”

Daniel Beaudoin of the Vipers scored for a 5-4 game midway through the second, but McKinnon’s goal five minutes later restored the Maroons’ two-goal lead.

Feasey and Silverio traded goals in the third.

Vipers goalie Eli Billing made 50 saves as the Maroons finally won a game in which they outshot their opponent. They’d averaged more than 48 shots in their last three losses.

“We just didn’t get the bounces the last couple of games,” Doran said. “We had opportunities, but it seemed pucks were skipping over our sticks.”

McKinnon, Verboom, Faubert, Michael Levesque, Steven Beenackers and Connor Annett had two points apiece.

NOTES: Chatham was 1-for-5 and LaSalle was 3-for-8 on the power play. The Vipers scored two of their man-advantage goals after Alexander Morgan got a double minor for spearing. … Vipers rookie Brendan Harrogate of Chatham ran his point streak to six games with two assists. He was tossed for a third-period fight with Steven Szekesy. … Rookies Levi Tetrault and Carl Stapleton are the Maroons’ only skaters still without a goal. … The Maroons play a home-and-home series with the Flyers on Thursday in Leamington and Sunday at Memorial Arena.


The last game this weekend was St. Thomas Stars hosting Leamington Flyers.  This was a good game. It was a goalie battle from start to finish, as the Stars took the 2 points with a 2-1 shootout win.

There were many chances on both sides for goals, but St. Thomas’ goalie Nik Dampier and Leamington’s goalie Michael Barrett were both brick walls.

At 6:49 of the second period, Flyer Kyle Quick was awarded a penalty shot, that even Flyer fans weren’t sure was warranted.  Quick shot the puck right into Dampier’s glove and the game remained scoreless.

Two minutes later, Tyler Duarte managed to find the back of the net and made it a 1-0 Flyers game.

At 5:32 of the third period, Stars forward Matt McJannet managed to slide the puck past Barrett and it was a tied 1-1 game.

The teams went to OT and then a shootout.  Stars captain Spencer Hutchinson was the only one of the 6 shooters to score.

The shots on goal for the game were 36-23 for Leamington.


Here are the standings after this weekend.


Leamington 29 23 5 1 47 .810 119 67 694 12-2-0 11-3-1
Sarnia 28 20 8 0 40 .714 134 104 522 13-2-0 7-6-0
Chatham 28 17 10 1 35 .625 125 97 562 9-6-0 8-4-1
Strathroy 28 15 13 0 30 .536 112 104 551 10-4-0 5-9-0
London 28 13 14 1 27 .482 91 88 550 8-4-1 5-10-0
LaSalle 27 13 14 0 26 .481 108 102 653 8-7-0 5-7-0
St. Thomas 27 11 14 2 24 .444 87 91 439 7-6-1 4-8-1
Lambton Shores 27 8 16 3 19 .352 81 124 683 5-7-1 3-9-2
St. Marys 27 2 23 2 6 .111 48 132 538 2-11-1 0-12-1


Besides St. Marys, everyone is in the mix for some movement up the standings.  The Lincolns have a long road this season and I really thought with Merlin that he’d turn things around this season for them.  As long as they keep him, he’ll transform this team in the years to come.  The Lincoln players just need to buy into his systems.


Coming up this week

Tuesday, December 9

Lambton Shores Predators vs. Strathroy Rockets – 7:30 Shores Rec Centre

Wednesday, December 10

London Nationals vs. LaSalle Vipers – 7:30 Western Fair

Thursday, December 11

Leamington Flyers vs. Chatham Maroons – 7:10 Heinz Arena

Sarnia Legionnaires vs. St. Marys Lincolns – 7:10 Sarnia Arena


With LaSalle struggling right now with injuries and suspensions, London has a chance to give themselves some distance from the Vipers and to keep on pace with the Rockets.  Leamington and Chatham will be a good game to watch.  If you’re in the area, I’d try to make it to that game.

Have a good week everyone and see you again on Wed. for another player 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.

You must be logged in to post a comment Login