Weekend Recap for Jan. 2-4

It’s Monday, which means we need to recap what happened this weekend.

Friday night was the first games of the New Year.  St. Thomas Stars hosted LaSalle Vipers.  The game started out as a close contest, but the Vipers exploded for 4 goals in the third period to take the game 7-2.  Story from www.stthomasstars.com

Stars Fail to Shine vs. Lasalle

Article by: Andrew Buttigieg

The St. Thomas Stars hit the ice Friday night (Jan 2) hoping to get a big win against the Lasalle Vipers, who were only 4 points in front of the Stars in the standings before the start of the game.

In the first period, the boys came out of the gate with a goal 8:21 into the game which was credited to Jordan Babb (8G). Assists on the goal were courtesy of captain Spencer Hutchinson and defenceman Wade Russell. Chris Pignanelli tied the game up with roughly four minutes to go in the period to knot the game up at 1-1 heading into the dressing room.

It wasn’t the start to second period that the Stars were hoping for as Korey Morgan scored :42 seconds into the period on the powerplay to make it a 2-1 game. Lasalle would add one more just over midway through the period to increase the lead for two, but Brett VanDusen made it a one goal game again with :30 seconds left in the 2nd to make it an interesting game heading into the final frame.

The third period was definitely the Stars least impressive as the boys came out flat and were scored on four times in the period as the Stars dropped the game 7-2.

Goalie Dan Black made 34 saves in tonight’s match. He will be called on to carry the load after an injury to Nik Dampier in the previous game.

The Stars will try to pick up their first win of 2015 in St. Marys on Sunday when they take on the Lincolns at the Pyramid Recreation Centre. You can hear the game on 94.1 myFM or www.stthomastoday.ca.


The other game on Fri. was St. Marys Lincolns hosting Sarnia Legionnaires.  Legionnaires defeated the Lincolns 6-2.  Story from SarniaSports.com

Sarnia Legionnaires Started New Year with a Win

By Dan McCaffery

The Sarnia Legionnaires started off the New Year in fine form Friday, pasting the St. Marys Lincolns 6-2.

Ryan Trottier led the way with a hat-trick.

With the victory, the Legion crew improved its won-lost record to 23-10, good enough for second place in the Western Jr. ‘B’ hockey standings, five points ahead of the third ranked Chatham Maroons.

Trottier, who returned recently from an injury that had sidelined him for two months, now has six goals on the campaign.

The game would have been even more lopsided if not for the outstanding play of Lincolns goalie Andrew Masters, who made 46 saves. Included among his stops was a great toe save on a close range shot by Tyler Longo. He also robbed Trottier on a couple of occasions.

Ryan Vendramin got the Legionnaires off on the right foot, poking a loose puck into an open side just two minutes into the contest. Riley Babkirk and Jordan Fogarty assisted on what was Vendramin’s 10th goal of the season.

Graham Brulotte tied the game with a powerplay marker in the second frame but it was all Sarnia after that.

Trottier restored the Legionnaires lead with three consecutive goals.

“Ryan played a good game,” Sarnia head coach Dan Rose said. “He’s missed most of the year (with an injury) but he had some good jump tonight. He came ready to play. He’s going to be a force for us.”

Trottier said, “I feel I’m getting my legs back under me, I’m getting back into game shape.’

His first goal came when he deked around a defenceman and fired a bullet into the top corner.

On his second tally, Trottier appeared to be hemmed in by two Lincs defencemen. But he would not be denied, firing a shot toward the net that hit a St. Marys rearguard and bounced into the cage. “I got lucky on that one,” he said.

The big forward finished his hat-trick with a highlight reel marker, dancing around a defender to get loose in the slot.

“I beat the defenceman, went to the net and Davis Boyer passed it to me for a tap in,” he recalled.

Cameron Clarke and Davis Boyer had the other Legionnaire goals, both blinking the red light on breakaways.
Boyer now has a team-leading 24 goals.

Jared Lindsay scored the second St. Marys goal late in the third period.

Rookie goalie Cornel Felder made 31 saves to pick up the win.

The game also saw the return of forward Hunter Tyczynski, who had missed the entire season to date due to injury.
“Hunter didn’t look out of place at all,” Rose said.

The bench boss added he was pleased with the play of all his players. “We controlled the tempo of the game with good puck control,” he said. “We hadn’t played in two weeks but we just rolled four lines from start to finish.”

RG Note:  Trottier’s natural hattrick has set a new Sarnia franchise record for fastest hattrick at 5:53.  The GOJHL record is 2:09, set by Luke VanMoerkerke of Brantford Golden Eagles on Dec. 14, 2008.


On Saturday, Lambton Shores Predators hosted London Nationals.  It looks like the Nats opened things in the 2nd period to take the game 7-1.

The game was scoreless through 1 period.  National Rai DiLoreto opened the scoring at 8:34 of the 2nd period on the power play.  Before the period was over, the Nats built a 5-1 lead.  In addition to DiLoreto, scoring for the Nats was Kevin Madden, Anthony Kotsovos, Drew Worrad and Austin Kemp.  Andrew Kim would get Lambton Shores on the board and break Justin Tugwell’s shut out bid at 17:18 of the 2nd period.

In the 3rd period, Worrad would add his 2nd of the game and Captain Derek Todosichuk would add 1 to close out the scoring and make it a 7-1 game.

Nats goalie Tugwell faced 36 shorts, while Preds goalie Anthony Hurtubise faced 38 shots.


The other game on Sat. was Strathroy Rockets hosting Sarnia Legionnaires.  It was a good, fast, hard-nosed hockey game and the Legionnaires left with the 2 points after a 2-1 win.  Story from SarniaSports.com

Sarnia Legionnaires Win in Strathroy

By Dan McCaffery

The Sarnia Legionnaires defeated the Strathroy Rockets 2-1 Saturday to pick up their second road win in two nights.

And they did it in impressive fashion, back checking hard, making crisp passes and exhibiting fine puck control.

Officially, the home team outshot the visitors 41-28, but it was one of those games when the shots on goal did not accurately reflect the play.

“We basically took advantage of our opportunities when they presented themselves,” head coach Dan Rose said.

With the victory, the Legionnaires improved their won-lost record to 24-10, good enough for second place in the Western Jr. ‘B’ hockey standings.

The Legionnaires are now seven points ahead of third ranked Chatham and seven behind the front running Leamington Flyers.

Defenceman Tyler Prong said the Legionnaires are coming together as a team. “We’re playing with a lot more effort and working a lot harder,” he said.

Davis Boyer gave Sarnia the lead in the second frame when he stormed the net and knocked a rolling puck through the legs of netminder Matt Ouellet. Cody Trowell and Ryan Trottier assisted on what was Boyer’s 25th goal of the season.

Trottier got the winner not long after that, rifling a hard drive into the cage from the top of the faceoff circle. Trowell and Boyer got helpers on what was Trottier’s fourth goal in the last two games and his seventh of the year.

With time running out in the third period, Nick Boyer spoiled goalie Hunter Johnson’s shutout bid, but the Rockets could get no closer.

Sarnia is back in action Wednesday when it travels to London to face the Nationals. The Legionnaires will play their next home game the following night at the Brock Street barn. Game time is set for 7:10 p.m.


Sunday night saw Chatham Maroons hosting Lambton Shores Predators.  The Preds were coming off a 7-1 pounding on Sat. night at the hands of London and defeated the Maroons 5-4 in OT.  Story from Chatham Daily News.

Maroons blow lead, lose to Predators in OT

By Mark Malone, Chatham Daily News


The holidays are over, but the Chatham Maroons were still in a charitable mood Sunday.

They all but gift-wrapped a win for the Lambton Shores Predators by failing to protect yet another two-goal lead.

The Predators rallied for a 5-4 victory when Brenden Trottier scored 3:09 into overtime before 714 fans at Memorial Arena.

“This is definitely one we should have had tonight, for sure,” Maroons head coach Tyler Roeszler said.

The Maroons have blown leads of two or more goals in four of their past six games.

They led 3-1 early in the second period this time, but the Predators stormed back with three straight goals.

Connor Doran of the Maroons forced overtime by scoring the tying goal with 5:42 left in the third period.

He was left alone at the left post and one-timed a pass from call-up Teddy McGeen past Predators goalie Anthony Hurtubise for a 4-4 tie.

Doran couldn’t explain why the Maroons weren’t sharp for their first game in two weeks.

“It’s no excuse,” he said about the layoff. “We’ve got to come off the break ready to play and ready to go, and that didn’t happen tonight.”

The loss snapped the Maroons’ three-game winning streak. They’re in third place in the Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League’s Western Conference.

The Maroons dressed only 19 players, including three call-ups: McGeen from the Blenheim Blades, and forward Kier Cumming and backup goalie Zach Lindley from the Chatham-Kent Minor Midget ‘AAA’ Cyclones.

Six regulars were out of the lineup. Ian Faubert, Mark Fratarcangeli, John Bowen and Carl Stapleton are still away on holiday, goalie Bo Bessette was ill and Dede Cato’s future with the team is up in the air.

They also lost Michael Levesque early in the first period. He received a game misconduct for checking from behind.

Doran refused to blame the loss on their short-handed lineup.

“Guys get called up and they’re expected to play well, and they did play well tonight,” he said. “Ted and Kier played well tonight.”

McGeen had two assists for his first junior ‘B’ points. He played one game with the Maroons in September before being sent to Blenheim.

“He was our best player tonight,” Roeszler said. “He brought speed, he brought energy and he made a great pass on the (tying) goal.”

The Maroons led 2-1 after the first period on goals by Trevor Richardson and Steven Beenackers.

Brennan Feasey scored on a power play 58 seconds into the second for a 3-1 lead, but the Predators replied with goals by Gino Mini and then Ethan Sarfati, on a two-man power play, before the intermission.

“We weren’t disciplined tonight and we let a young team believe they could beat us,” Roeszler said.

Trottier crashed the net to score a four-on-four goal for a 4-3 lead at 12:38 of the third period.

“We kind of let our foot off the gas and that kind of deflated us,” Roeszler said.

Maroons goalie Jake Patterson made 28 saves. Hurtubise made 45.

Ryan Fraser had the other goal for the eighth-place Predators.

NOTES: Feasey and captain Michael Verboom each had two assists. … Rookie defenceman Levi Tetrault rejoined the Maroons after playing four games with the OHL’s Guelph Storm. … Hurtubise is a former Chatham-Kent Cyclone and a Windsor Spitfires draft pick. … The Maroons play a home-and-home series with the last-place Lincolns this week – Friday in St. Marys and Sunday in Chatham.


The last game on the weekend was St. Marys hosting St. Thomas.  The Stars defeated the Lincolns 4-1.  Story from www.stthomasstars.com

Stars Spread Out Scoring in St. Marys

In his return from the London Knights, the St. Thomas Stars’ Zach Grzelewski had a big offensive game, scoring one goal and contributing two assists in his team’s 4-1 win over the St. Marys Lincolns.

Grzelewski scored on the power play 9:34 into the third period to make the score 2-0 St. Thomas. A slashing penalty on Sean O’Brien had put St. Thomas on the power play. Dane Johnstone picked up the assist. Grzelewski dished an assist on Blair Mincer’s goal that made the score 1-0 St. Thomas at 6:31 into the second period. He added another helper on Carter McCormick’s goal that made the score 3-1 St. Thomas at 16:05 into the third period.

The Stars’ Dan Black was a brick wall in net, as he came up with 29 saves and let only one puck past him. Black certainly lowered his goals against average, which was 3.67 entering the contest.

St. Thomas forced St. Marys goalie Andrew Masters to work between the pipes, taking 41 shots. The defensemen of the Stars were also effective in the Lincolns’ zone, and came away with two goals.

St. Thomas additionally got points from Mincer, who also tallied one goal and one assist and Johnstone, who also registered one goal and one assist. Other players who recorded assists for St. Thomas were Matt McJannet and Carson Brookshaw, who contributed one each.

St. Marys was led by Brent House, who scored the team’s only goal. House scored on the power play 11:03 into the third period to make the score 2-1 St. Thomas. The Lincolns had gotten the advantage when St. Thomas’ Adam Truax was sent off for slashing. Jordan Winter provided the assist.

The Stars incurred 10 minutes in penalty time with five minors. Masters recorded 37 saves for St. Marys. The Lincolns incurred eight minutes in penalty time with four minors.

The Stars are back in action Thursday for the second half of a home-and-home series vs. St. Marys. Game time 7:30pm at the Timken Centre. There will be NO home game Friday night at the Timken Centre.


Here are the standings after the first weekend of the New Year.


Leamington 34 27 6 1 55 .809 144 86 790 15-2-0 12-4-1
Sarnia 34 24 10 0 48 .706 154 123 633 15-2-0 9-8-0
Chatham 33 20 11 2 42 .636 144 114 650 11-6-1 9-5-1
Strathroy 34 18 14 2 38 .559 133 117 653 12-5-1 6-9-1
LaSalle 34 18 16 0 36 .529 145 125 776 10-7-0 8-9-0
London 34 16 16 2 34 .500 114 104 627 10-5-1 6-11-1
St. Thomas 34 14 16 4 32 .471 109 117 529 9-7-1 5-9-3
Lambton Shores 34 11 20 3 25 .368 110 165 786 7-9-1 4-11-2
St. Marys 34 2 28 4 8 .118 61 167 631 2-14-2 0-14-2



Coming up this week

Wednesday, January 7

LaSalle Vipers vs. Leamington Flyers – 7:00 Vollmer Rec Centre

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

Thursday, January 8

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

Sarnia Legionnaires vs. LaSalle Vipers – 7:10 Sarnia Arena

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


Any of the 5 games should be good this week.  I’m aiming to make it to Western Fair on Wed. to check out London and Sarnia.

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