Games of the Week for Dec. 9-11

Hello fans!  I hope you’ve had a good week.

The first game this week was a rare Tues. home game for Lambton Shores Predators as they hosted Strathroy Rockets.  After never holding a lead, the Preds managed to steal the win, 4-3, in overtime.  Story from David Honsberger.

PREDATORS STEAL WIN FROM ROCKETS

A Brenden Trottier overtime goal at 4:17 completed the Lambton Shores Predators’ 4-3 comeback win over the Strathroy Rockets before a sparse gathering of 145 fans at The Shores Recreation Centre in Forest on Tuesday, December 9.

Sean Ross set up the dramatic ending when he tipped a point shot from Ryan Fraser after a faceoff win by the Preds with just 2:47 remaining in regulation time to tie the game at 3-3. It was the only goal of the third period.

The Preds had an excellent opportunity to end the game sooner when Rocket forward Nick Boyer was nabbed for a checking from behind call as the third period ended.

The Rockets managed to kill off the disadvantage but a long saucer pass from defenseman Gino Mini found a streaking Trottier near the Rocket blueline. Trottier split the Rocket defense of Kurtis Sander and Andrew Martin and beat Rocket netminder Mat Ouellet with a deadly accurate wrist shot from inside the faceoff circle.

The Rockets had never trailed in the contest. They enjoyed period leads of 1-0 and 3-2.

Boyer tallied the only goal of the first period when he was left alone in front of the Predator goal on a Rocket powerplay.

Each team scored twice in the second period.

Early in the second period the Rockets failed to score on a 2-on-0 breakaway. The teams skated back into the Rocket zone and Stuart King was called for roughing. With King still in the penalty box Nick Griffin was assessed a tripping penalty. Colin Burns tied the match at 1-1 on the 2-man advantage at 2:47.

King restored the Rocket lead when he benefited from a failed shot attempt by Rocket newcomer Joey Seney at 6:37.

The Preds tied the contest at 2-2 on a bizzare play at 10:33.

Rocket goaltender Ouellet stopped a long arcing dump-in from Luke McEachnie only to have the puck bounce away in front of him. Ouellet dove to freeze the puck but it was just out of his reach. Opportunistic Drew Marlatt beat Rocket defender Martin to the loose puck for the easy goal.

Just 11 seconds after Rocket Matt Knight-Bedour was whistled down for tripping Nick Griffin and Boyer teamed up on a shorthanded 2-on-1 opportunity. Griffin tallied his fourth shorthanded goal of the season at 12:19.

The wide-open contest saw the Predators outshoot the Rockets 43-40.

Anthony Hurtubise was outstanding in goal for the Preds.

Both teams scored once on the powerplay. The Rockets had 5 chances while the Predators had 7.

Penalties, or rather a lack of them, was a key for Lambton Shores’ win. The Preds lead all Western Conference teams in penalty minutes per game, yet were quite disciplined in this contest.

Both teams were missing some key players. High scoring Brett Dalton and Dan Chapman were absent for the Rockets while Nick Sproviero, Austin Fetterly, Brent Hammett and Predator captain Ty Jackson were not dressed.

The Rockets mini winning streak was stalled at three games. The Rockets have struggled away from WMMC winning just 5 games on the road this season.

Both clubs will see action on Friday. The Rockets will be in St. Marys while the Predators will visit St. Thomas.

 

On Wed. night, the re-vamped London Nationals hosted the struggling LaSalle Vipers.  I thought this game would be a lot better than it was, but in my honest opinion, it was a terrible game to watch.  The Nationals beat up on the Vipers 7-2.

Kyle Robinson got the game started.  He tipped in what I thought was Worrad’s shot, but Justin Murray got the assist.  Brett Primeau responded for the Vipers at 5:11 to tie the game at 1-1.  From there, it was all Nationals.  At 8:05, new Nat Johnny Warren put on a dangle clinic as we weaved in and around the Vipers to make it a 2-1 game.  Just 49 seconds later, Scott Goodman scored his 3rd goal of the season.  All he did was throw the puck on the net and it slid through Paolo Battisti’s 5-hole to make it 3-1 Nats.  Before the end of the period, with a scramble in front of the net, Kevin Madden added another one and it was 4-1 Nationals at the end of the first period.

In the second period, there was another puck just thrown onto the net, this one from Austin Kemp, and it was 5-1 Nationals.  Later in the 2nd period, Battisti bobbled a shot from Warren and Rai DiLoreto knocked it in for a 6-1 Nationals lead.

At 3:59 into the 3rd period, Dalton Langlois got the Vipers on the board again, but I think it was a little too late.  The final goal of the game came on the power play.  Murray was on the point and just sniped a shot for 7-2 final.

 

Thursday night, Leamington Flyers hosted Chatham Maroons.  It was a pretty back and forth game with the Flyers pulling out a 5-4 win.  Story from C. Scott Holland.

Flyers Edge Maroons 5-4 In First of a Home and Home Series

It was a game more resembling old-time hockey than anything else. Both teams were sloppy defensively, but triggered goals to keep it a close affair and yet, there was plenty of action going end-to-end.  To the delight of the fans, there was one fight as well as numerous good bodychecks – and of course enough powerplays to make the game interesting.

The way Leamington played in the first period, they were lucky to be down by just a single goal. Flyers starter Trevor Wheaton did not appear to be on his game but recovered a sense of confidence and poise to close the door in the second and third and gain the victory. Meanwhile, Maroons’ counterpart Bo Bessette played well in the first and third and matched Wheaton save for save. Both netminders made 29 on the night.

Leamington’s crowd of 791 had plenty to cheer about early as their annual Teddy Bear Toss night and the Flyers made sure no-one was left waiting very long to toss their Toys For Tots donations onto the ice. Flyer Eric Henderson sent Cale Phibbs racing down the right lane and Phibbs buried a shot from the slot at 1:03. However, the Maroons pounced quickly as they gained a 3-1 lead with three unanswered goals in an eight minute span.

Levi Tetrault and Michael Verboom hooked up with Ian Faubert whose shot bounded off Wheaton who was down on the ice at 3:26. Near the nine minute point, Brett Storr and Jared Dennis gave Carl Stapleton, the grandson of former NHLer Pat “Whitey” Stapleton, a chance and Stapleton collected his first GOJHL tally with a low liner from Wheaton’s left side that found the target. An errant Flyers’ pass from behind the net was picked off by Steven Beenackers in the slot and with Wheaton completely out of the net, had an easy shot into a completely open net at 12:34. But the Flyers came right back at 16:05 when Matthew Opblinger blitzed a shot that froze Bessette and found the back of the net on his shortside.

A tremendous roar arose from the crowd about six minutes into the second when Beenackers was leveled  by a clean hip-check from Leamington’s Alex Derksen. Beenackers did a half flip and landed as though the air had been knocked out of him momentarily, but was not enough to cause him to exit the contest.  That play alone inspired the Flyers and from that juncture on, the hometown team picked up their level of play.

Despite the many glaring errors on both sides it became an entertaining match to watch.  Both goalies had goals scored on them while out of their respective nets and horrendous giveaways were made by the Flyers and Maroons too. But for the Maroons, the most costly came when Bessette was out of his net and a giveaway was sent to Flyer Tyler Duarte who was anchored in the slot. Duarte zipped the puck directly into the vacated Chatham net and that marker knotted the game at 7:47 of the second.

The Maroons regained the lead at 13:47 while on a powerplay. Dennis and Verboom set up Trevor Richardson who banged in a loose puck during a goal mouth scramble. The Flyers would counter with a powerplay tally of their own one minute later as Zak Parlette and Alex Derksen laid the groundwork for Tyler Duarte’s blast which bounced off Bessette and into the net. With the game tied again, the Flyers would strike for the eventual game winner at 15:56. JP Grineau and Chris Scott shoveled the puck to Blain Bechard who pumped a shot at Bessette and reaped the reward as Bessette got a piece of it. Yet it was not enough as the puck trickled over the line.

The Maroons lost John Bowen late in the second to a check-from-behind which happened as a Flyers player headed to the bench, and in the period’s final seconds, former teammates Chris Scott and Jared Dennis – now opposing each other – were sidelined with minor penalties.

In the final frame both teams raced back and forth trying to gain the next goal. Neither side accomplished the feat and Leamington’s defense played tough as they shut down the Maroons offense including the final 1:23 during which Bessette was benched for an extra-attacker. The Maroons did get a last minute advantage when Chris Scott was sidelined for a highstick call, but the Flyers just kept Chatham’s attack off balance and held on for the victory.

The third period highlight was certainly a scrap between Chatham’s Hunter Burk and Leamington’s Zach Guilbeault. It was a dandy – toe-to-toe and with both players getting in good punches. It ended with them trying to take each other down and the linesmen breaking it up. The two players were tossed for fighting.

NOTES:  Chatham had several scratches, Alex Morgan serving the first of a two-game suspension and Steven Szekesy out for the one game. As well, Dede Cato was not in the lineup. Hunter, an APJ wore number 88. Scratched for the Flyers was Michell Amante who was serving the fourth of a six-game suspension and Ryan Muzzin…Leamington’s newest player # 27 Travis Campbell, 6’2″, 205 lbs., is a Windsor native who played with the Soo Thunderbirds in the NOJHL and had split last season between the Wheatley Sharks, Essex 73s Jr. C, and Windsor Spitfires AAA Midget. He is a 10th round Sault Ste. Marie draft pick (2013). Thursday was his GOJHL debut.

Flyers’ Schedule:  The first-place Flyers play two games on the road – Sunday at Chatham and Wednesday at London then return home for a Thursday, December 18 contest vs Lambton Shores and another home one vs Sarnia on Sunday, December 21 (special game time 4:10 pm) before the Christmas break.   

 

The other game on Thurs. was Sarnia Legionnaires hosting St. Marys Lincolns.  The Legionnaires defeated the Lincolns 3-2.  Story from Sarnia Observer.

Kid with Hall of Fame genes helps Legionnaires win

http://www.theobserver.ca/2014/12/11/kid-with-hall-of-fame-genes-helps-legionnaires-win

The great-grandson of a legendary local sports figure helped the Sarnia Legionnaires post their 21st victory Thursday.

Brock Perry, a 16-year-old midget callup, took a regular shift as the Legionnaires edged the St. Marys Lincolns 3-2 in Western Jr. ‘B’ hockey action at the Brock Street Barn.

Brock’s great-grandfather was the fabled Norm Perry, who was elected to the Canadian Football Hall of Fame after leading the Sarnia Imperials to the 1934 Grey Cup championship.

“At first I was a little nervous but, as the game went on, it got better,” the lanky forward said.

In fact, Perry just missed scoring on three occasions. On one play, he rifled a shot over the crossbar. On another, he was breaking into the clear when he was hauled down by a Lincs defender. On still another, he deflected a point shot wide.

The Sarnia native was also on the ice during a successful penalty kill.

“It was fun,” Perry said. “It was a lot quicker pace (than midget).”

Head coach Dan Rose gave the last place Lincolns credit for putting up a good fight. “It was harder than we expected,” he said. He added. “I thought we played really well in the first period. We completely out-chanced them. Their goalie is one of the best in the league and they completely clogged up the middle.”

Rose praised Sarnia’s penalty killers, who allowed St. Marys just one goal on seven opportunities.

Davis Boyer gave the home team the lead late in the first period, firing home his 20th of the season from the side of the net. But Sean O’Brien quickly replied for the Lincs to send the teams into the first intermission tied at one apiece.

Early in the final frame Cody Trowell restored Sarnia’s edge, denting the twine with a blast from the faceoff circle. For Trowell, it was his 23rd tally of the campaign.

With time winding down, Riley Babkirk got the winner with a wrap-around effort.

Jake Atkins scored the Lincs second goal with 19 seconds left on the clock.

Backup goalie Cornell Felder made 29 saves to pick up the win. Andrew Masters, who also made 29 stops, was tagged with the loss.

The second place Legionnaires remain seven points back of the front running Leamington Flyers, who also won Thursday.

Fans in attendance generously filled many grocery carts with non perishable food items as well as participating in the annual ‘Turkey Toss.’

Six fans won turkeys donated by Ken’s Valumart.

All grocery items and proceeds from Turkey Toss ticket sales were donated to the St. Vincent de Paul Food Bank.

 

Here are the standings after this week

TEAM GP W L OTL PTS PCT GF GA PIM HOME AWAY
Leamington 30 24 5 1 49 .817 124 71 711 13-2-0 11-3-1
Sarnia 29 21 8 0 42 .724 137 106 547 14-2-0 7-6-0
Chatham 29 17 11 1 35 .603 129 102 577 9-6-0 8-5-1
Strathroy 29 15 13 1 31 .534 115 108 567 10-4-0 5-9-1
London 29 14 14 1 29 .500 98 90 563 9-4-1 5-10-0
LaSalle 28 13 15 0 26 .464 110 109 672 8-7-0 5-8-0
St. Thomas 27 11 14 2 24 .444 87 91 439 7-6-1 4-8-1
Lambton Shores 28 9 16 3 21 .375 85 127 695 6-7-1 3-9-2
St. Marys 28 2 24 2 6 .107 50 135 569 2-11-1 0-13-1

 

Coming up this weekend

Friday, December 12

St. Marys Lincolns vs. Strathroy Rockets – 7:30 Pyramid Rec Centre

Saturday, December 13

Lambton Shores Predators vs. LaSalle Vipers – 7:30 Shores Rec Centre

Strathroy Rockets vs. London Nationals – 7:30 West Middlesex Memorial

Sunday, December 14

LaSalle Vipers vs. St. Thomas Stars – 2:30 Vollmer Rec Centre

Chatham Maroons vs. Leamington Flyers – 7:00 Chatham Memorial

 

With Christmas break coming up next weekend, the teams are pushing to be in a good position, as the push to play-offs is coming up soon.  Strathroy vs. London should be a good game.  I’m hoping to make it to Chatham vs. Leamington on Sun., but it is the Christmas season and that means parties.

Have a good weekend everyone and I’ll see you again on Monday.

 

Photo Credit: C. Scott Holland

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