Weekend Recap for Dec. 12-14

Happy Monday hockey fans.  I hope you had a good weekend.

The first game from this weekend was St. Thomas Stars hosting Lambton Shores Predators.  It looks like it was a spirited affair for both teams, with the Stars pulling out a 7-5 win.  Story from Pointstreak.

Johnstone’s hat trick boosts St. Thomas over Lambton Shores, 7-5

Dane Johnstone netted a hat trick to lead the St. Thomas Stars over the Lambton Shores Predators, 7-5.

Johnstone notched his first tally 12:20 into the first period. He then added goals at 12:10 into the second and at 13:51 into the second.

St. Thomas led by three goals at one point and ended with the victory. The largest advantage in the game came when the Stars’ Blair Mincer scored at 1:43 in the third period to put St. Thomas up 6-3.

The Stars’ goal total was higher than their season average. This season, St. Thomas averages 3.4 goals per contest.

St. Thomas additionally got points from Josh Slegers, who also tallied one goal and two assists and Carson Moniz, who also had one goal and two assists. St. Thomas also got a goal from Brett Van Dusen as well. Other players who recorded assists for St. Thomas were Jay Dekker, Reed Horvat, Matt Simsons, and Jordan Babb, who each chipped in one and Matt McJannet and Carson Brookshaw, who contributed three each.

Lambton Shores forced the Stars goalie Nikolas Dampier to work between the pipes, taking 34 shots.

The Predators were helped by Sean Ross, who registered two goals. Ross scored the first of his two goals on the power play at 16:01 into the first period to make the score 2-1 Lambton Shores. Lambton Shores earned a power play opportunity when Anders Adzija was put in the box for too many men. Andrew Kim picked up the assist. Ross’ next tally on the power play made the score 6-4 St. Thomas with 4:07 left in the third period. Kim provided the assist. Brenden Trottier also scored for Lambton Shores. In addition, Lambton Shores received assists from Franco Sproviero, who had three and Calvin Hughson, Ethan Sarfati, and Ryan Fraser, who each chipped in one.

St. Thomas’ Dampier stopped 29 shots out of the 34 that he faced. The Stars incurred 12 minutes in penalty time with six minors. The Predators’ starting goalie, Anthony Hurtubise, made 18 saves and finished with the loss before he was taken out in favor of Andrew Harriman-Duke, who stopped four shots. Lambton Shores totaled nine minutes in penalty time with two minors and one major and went 1-for-5 on the power play. For the Predators, Fraser was ejected from the game.


The other game on Fri. was St. Marys Lincolns hosting Strathroy Rockets.  The Rockets defeated the Lincolns 3-2 in OT.  Story from David Honsberger.


Friday, December 12 at the Pyramid Recreation Centre in St. Marys, goaltenders Dale Gubbles of the Strathroy Rockets and Andrew Masters of the St. Marys Lincolns put on a goaltending clinic as the fourth place Rockets narrowly eked out a 3-2 overtime win over the last place Lincolns in front of 256 appreciative fans.

Masters was the busier of the two netminders as the Rockets outshot the Lincolns 52-34. Both tenders were called upon to make several high quality saves to send the low scoring affair into overtime.

Nick Griffin earned the Rockets the extra point with the overtime marker just 38 seconds into the extra frame.

The game winner came quickly off a faceoff win by the Rockets. Griffin kicked the puck back to Rocket defenseman Matt Laberge at the point. Masters stopped Laberge’s point shot but the rebound ended up on the stick of Stuart King. Under heavy coverage King attempted to dive around Masters. His shot got behind Masters but off the post. Griffin dove in behind the netminder depositing the puck into the net.

King assisted on all three Rockets goals extending his point streak to 12 games, the most by a Rocket this season.

The Rockets led 2-0 after the first period on a pair of goals by Brett Dalton. Dalton was left unattended both times in front of the net and deftly picked a corner on Masters. The Rockets enjoyed a 24-9 shot advantage in the first period. Dalton’s second marker came with the two teams playing four players aside. The Rockets are 8-3 in four on four situations this year.

The Lincolns came out with an inspired second period outshooting the Rockets 18-11. Ocean Check got them on the board early at 1:24 when he banged home a loose puck in the crease after a wild scramble in front of Gubbels.

Matt McGall tied the match at 11:15 of the third period on the powerplay when his screened shot from the point found the back of the net behind a screened Gubbels. The Rockets held a 14-7 shot advantage in the third period.

Both teams started the match with diminished rosters, the Lincolns with 13 skaters and the Rockets with 15. After game ejections to Rocket Matt Knight-Bedour and Lincoln Jack Wieringa for fighting and two checks from behind calls on Rockets Dalton Good and San Vokes, each club had just 12 skaters.

The majority of Gubbels key saves came against the Lincoln powerplay. St. Marys had 10 powerplay opportunities compared to 4 for the Rockets. The Lincolns also enjoyed three 5-on-3 powerplays but failed to score on any thanks to the superb goaltending of Gubbels.

The win moved the Rockets two points behind the struggling third place Chatham Maroons. The Rockets will play the revamped London Nationals at the WMMC the following night. The Nationals trail the Rockets by four points,

Next up for the Lincolns will be a trip to LaSalle on Wednesday.

Andrew Martin had a standout game for the Rockets on defense. The Entertainment Tonight Players of the Game for the Rockets were Gubbels, Martin and forward Eddy Schulz.


On Sat., Lambton Shores hosted LaSalle Vipers.  The Predators were pounded 12-4 by the Vipers.  Story from www.lasallevipers.com

Vipers dominate Preds, tie two team records

The LaSalle Vipers dominated the Lambton Shores Predators Saturday night, recording a 12-4 win and achieving a pair of team records.

Forward Korey Morgan, 20, scored four times in the contest, tying the Vipers record for goals in a game, most recently achieved by Mark Manchurek in a 12-5 win over the St. Marys Lincolns on Jan. 15 at the Vollmer Centre. Bryce Mayea also recorded that feat last season in a 5-1 over the Chatham Maroons Nov. 20, 2013 at the Vollmer Centre.

The 12 goals scored also tied a Vipers record.

“We worked hard for a lot of those goals and we found a way to put it in the net,” Vipers head coach Bill Bowler says. “Korey’s performed consistently since the start of the year. He deserved every goal he got, and probably could have had a few more, so credit to him for achieving that record.”

The Vipers snapped a five-game losing streak with the win. Their last two victories have come against the Predators, scoring a combined 21 goals in those two contests.

“You just want to play the right way,” Bowler says. “When you’re in a slump, sometimes the puck doesn’t go in, it goes wide. Tonight it went in. We had a real good practice Thursday and we were rewarded for that tonight.”

Eric Kirby and Nathan Veres each recorded four assists, while Chris Pignanelli, Daniel Beaudoin, Connor Rosaasen, Graham Pickard and Brett Primeau all scored and had three point games.

Also scoring were Nicolas Crescenzi, Nikko Sablone and Brendan Harrogate. In all, 12 Vipers recorded at least one point and nine had multi-point games.

Eli Billing stopped 26 shots to pick up the win, while Anthony Hurtubise took the loss, making 31 saves in relief of Andrew Harriman-Duke, who gave up four goals on seven attempts in the first period.

The Vipers will host the St. Thomas Stars Sunday afternoon at 2:30 pm at the Vollmer.

“Hopefully we saved a few goals for tomorrow afternoon,” Bowler says. “If we play hockey that way, I like our chances of winning more games than we lose. A lot of different people contributed and that’s how we’re going to have success.”


The other game on Sat. was Strathroy hosting London Nationals.  Not a lot of scoring, but it was a good game to watch as the Rockets defeated the Nats 2-1.  Story from David Honsberger.


What an odd season it has been for the Strathroy Rockets.

They started the season winning just one of eight games and appeared as if they would struggle to even make the playoffs. Since their former captain Tyler Duarte bolted to the Leamington Flyers, the Rockets are 13-3-1 and have moved into a third place tie with the Chatham Maroons.

The Maroons host the first place Flyers on Sunday. The Maroons also have two games in hand on the Rockets.

Saturday, December 13 at the WMMC the Rockets slipped past the London Nationals with a 2-1 victory.

The 17-13-1 Rockets and the Maroons lead the fifth place Nationals by 6 points and the sixth place LaSalle Vipers by 7 points. The Vipers ended a 6-game losing streak with a dominating 12-4 win over the Lambton Shores Predators Saturday night in Forest.

The win improved the Rockets’ home winning streak to 9 games. The Rockets are on a six-game point streak, their longest of the season.

The low scoring affair with the Nationals featured outstanding netminding from Rocket goaltender Mat Ouellet and National netminder Connor Hughes. The Rockets outshot the Nats 36-35.

London got on the scoreboard first when former Rocket Trevor Dulong was left alone in the slot at 5:16.

The difference in the hockey game could have been contrasting four-minute first period powerplays.

At 6:21 Rocket winger Nick Griffin was whistled for tripping and unsportsmanlike conduct. Rocket goaltender Ouellet and the Rocket penalty killers stood tall turning back the National attack.

Just 91 seconds after the Griffin penalties expired National Tanner Ferreira was assessed a double minor for highsticking Rocket defenseman Nick Whitworth. Whitworth missed the remainder of the opening period for repairs and returned wearing full-face protection in the second period.

The Rockets converted on their four-minute powerplay when Dan Chapman found room past Hughes from a sharp angle. Stuart King and Nick Boyer assisted on the play at 14:02 to tie the game at 1-1.

Chapman’s goal opened up the Teddy Bear floodgate. It was the 15th Annual Cuddy Social Committee Teddy Bear Toss. Strathroy-Caradoc Police and The Salvation Army were both on hand to help gather the gifts.

The hardest hit of the game came in the first period when National Kyle Robinson collided with teammate Derek Todosichuk in the neutral zone bringing a loud cheer from the 332 fans.

The game winner came late in the second period. King and Boyer hooked up behind the National goal to setup Brett Dalton in the slot at 16:53.

King extended his point streak to 13 games. It was King’s fifth game winning assist of the season and Dalton’s third game-winning goal.

The two clubs played through a scoreless final frame. The closest the Nationals came to tying the score came when Drew Worrad drilled a shot off of the post.

The Rockets were very effective shutting down the Nationals, especially with Hughes on the bench for an extra attacker in the final 1:38.

The win marked just the fourth time in 11 occasions this season that the Rockets won a game when allowing the first goal of the contest.

Lauryn Soares, daughter of the voice of the Rockets, Chris Soares of 105.7 myFM, gave a stunning rendition of our National
Anthem to begin the game.

The Nationals were unsuccessful in six powerplay opportunities while the Rockets went 1 for 3.

The Rockets’ final two games prior to the Christmas break will be this coming Saturday when they host the Chatham Maroons at 7:30pm and a Sunday matinee the following afternoon at 2:30pm when the St. Marys Lincolns visit the WMMC.

London has three games remaining prior to the Christmas break. Wednesday they will host the first place Flyers at the Western Fair at 7:30pm. On Friday they will travel to the Timkin Centre to play the St. Thomas Stars at 7:30pm before finishing off the 2014 portion of their schedule the following afternoon at 2:30pm when they welcome the LaSalle Vipers.

The Entertainment Tonight Players of the Game for the Rockets were Ouellet, Chapman and Dalton.


On Sun., LaSalle had a matinee game as they hosted St. Thomas.  The Vipers nipped the Stars 4-1.  Story from www.lasallevipers.com

Vipers top Stars in Sunday matinee

The LaSalle Vipers defeated the St. Thomas Stars 4-1 Sunday afternoon at the Vollmer Centre to even their record at 15-15-0.

Tyler Russell’s first period goal gave LaSalle a lead they would not relinquish and Dalton Langlois finished off a pretty tic-tac-toe passing play with Manny Silverio and Brendan Harrogate for the eventual game-winner.

Eric Kirby swatted home a loose puck in front of the Stars net to snuff out any Stars comeback hopes, just minutes after Jordan Babb ruined Eli Billing’s shut out bid and cut the Vipers lead to one goal.

Chris Pignanelli was awarded an empty net goal in the final minute when a Stars player covered the puck with his hand in the crease after goaltender Nikolas Dampier had been pulled for an extra attacker.

The Vipers have now won two in a row after dropping five straight.

“(Coach Bowler) has been preaching that it all comes down to hard work,” Vipers captain Brett Langlois said following the win. “We’ve proven that the last two games. You pay the price, you do the little things right, you’re going to be rewarded at the end of the day.”

Billing was spectacular in goal for LaSalle, making 25 saves to pick up the win. Dampier stopped 43 shots in a losing effort.

LaSalle will host the last place St. Marys Lincolns Wednesday night on our annual Collins Barrow Teddy Bear game night, their last home game before the Christmas break.

The Vipers are asking all of their fans to bring in a new, unwrapped toy or a teddy bear to donate to the LaSalle Fire Service’s Sparky’s Toy Drive.


On Sun. night, was the 2nd of a home and home between Chatham Maroons and Leamington Flyers.  I was rather underwhelmed by this game.  It wasn’t terrible, but it was sloppy at times on both sides.  Jake Patterson earned his first ever GOJHL win as the Maroons defeated the Flyers 3-1.  Story from Chatham Daily News.

Patterson leads Maroons past Flyers

By Mark Malone


After picking up his first victory in more than nine months, Jake Patterson looks forward to his next one coming more quickly.

Patterson was brilliant in the third period Sunday as the Chatham Maroons held off the Leamington Flyers for a 3-1 win in front of 917 fans at Memorial Arena.

He finished with 34 saves and shut out the Flyers for the final 55-plus minutes.

It was his first win since backstopping the London Knights to a Game 2 victory over the Guelph Storm in an OHL Western Conference semifinal April 6.

“Once you get the first one out of the way, it makes the next one easier, hopefully,” said the 20-year-old from Sault Ste. Marie. “Hopefully we can use this to string some wins together.”

Patterson lost his first two starts with the Maroons and had a 0-3 record before Sunday. His arrival three weeks ago coincided with the coaching change that saw Tyler Roeszler replace Mark Davis.

“It was tough coming here and we lost a few games right after I got here,” Patterson said. “When you go to a new team, you never want to feel like you shook things up. But we got a big win here tonight against Leamington.

“If we can get the next two games, it’ll make a nice streak going into the break.”

The Maroons will visit Strathroy on Saturday and host St. Thomas on Sunday before enjoying a two-week break for Christmas.

Ian Faubert and Brennan Feasey scored 1:16 apart early in the second period for a 2-1 lead.

Steven Beenackers added an insurance goal with 1:47 left in the third by redirecting Connor McKinnon’s shot.

The Maroons (18-11-1) regained sole possession of third place in the Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League’s Western Conference with only their second win in seven games.

They were happy with their effort Thursday in a 5-4 loss to Leamington and carried that momentum into the rematch with the first-place Flyers (24-6-1).

“We’re looking to get on a roll here,” said Beenackers, who had two points. “That’s a good way to start here against a top team. Hopefully that can give us some confidence and get the ball rolling.”

Facing the reigning Western Conference champions helped to fire up the Maroons. While they don’t take any teams lightly, it does feel different playing the Flyers, Beenackers said.

“Everybody rose to the occasion and it’s a lot of fun playing in a game like this,” he said.

The Maroons fired 45 shots at Flyers netminder Michael Barrett.

The Flyers struck first on Tyler Duarte’s goal at 4:34, but Patterson was unbeatable the rest of the way.

Patterson hadn’t played all season before coming to Chatham, so he’s still getting into game shape.

“You take three months off of something, you’re going to be a bit rusty,” he said. “I’d only had two starts, so I wasn’t expecting to be 100% quick. We’ve been working on things in practice.”

He’s pleased with his progress.

“The big thing for me right now is my reaction and my timing,” he said. “If I can get that back up to par, I’ll feel pretty good.”


This is the last week of play before all 9 teams are off until Jan. for the Christmas and New Year’s holidays.   Here are your standings heading into this final week of Dec.-15-14


Leamington 31 24 6 1 49 .790 125 74 719 13-2-0 11-4-1
Sarnia 29 21 8 0 42 .724 137 106 547 14-2-0 7-6-0
Chatham 30 18 11 1 37 .617 132 103 585 10-6-0 8-5-1
Strathroy 31 17 13 1 35 .565 120 111 604 11-4-0 6-9-1
LaSalle 30 15 15 0 30 .500 126 114 708 9-7-0 6-8-0
London 30 14 15 1 29 .483 99 92 569 9-4-1 5-11-0
St. Thomas 29 12 15 2 26 .448 95 100 465 8-6-1 4-9-1
Lambton Shores 30 9 18 3 21 .350 94 146 724 6-8-1 3-10-2
St. Marys 29 2 24 3 7 .121 52 138 582 2-11-2 0-13-1


Coming up this week

Wednesday, December 17

LaSalle Vipers vs. St. Marys Lincolns – 7:00 Vollmer Rec Centre

London Nationals vs. Leamington Flyers – 7:30 Western Fair

Thursday, December 18

Leamington Flyers vs. Lambton Shores Predators – 7:10 Heinz Arena

Sarnia Legionnaires vs. St. Thomas Stars – 7:10 Sarnia Arena


I think London and Leamington will be a good game.  St. Thomas is very hit and miss this year, but I think they’ll give Sarnia a good run on Thursday.

I’ll see you all again for the last player profile to be featured for 2014.

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.

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