Weekend Recap for Jan. 9-11

Hello GOJHL fans.  Hope you had a good weekend.

Things kicked off this weekend with a game between St. Marys Lincolns and Chatham Maroons.  The Maroons beat up on the Lincolns 8-3.  Story from Chatham Daily News.

Maroons send Lincs to 17th straight loss


ST. MARYS – The scoreboard wasn’t in the Chatham Maroons’ favour after one period Friday, but everything else was.

They were outshooting and outplaying the St. Marys Lincolns. They just weren’t outscoring the Lincolns.

That changed in the final two periods as the Maroons scored seven unanswered goals for an 8-3 win before 192 fans at the Pyramid Recreation Centre.

Maroons head coach Tyler Roeszler wasn’t worried about the 3-1 deficit at the first intermission. Neither were the players.

“We played great in the first,” Roeszler said. “We were all over them.”

Brayden Hopkins and Trevor Richardson each scored twice as the Maroons picked up their fourth win in five games.

Lincolns are the worst team in the Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League with only two wins all season. They took the early lead despite being outshot 17-10 in the first period.

“Their goalie made some saves and they scored on every chance they had,” Roeszler said. “… We knew if we continued to play like that, we’d be rewarded for it.”

Two goals in 14 seconds helped the Lincolns build their unlikely lead.

“We knew that they couldn’t sustain that for the whole game,” Roeszler said. “We just kept creating (scoring chances) and moving our feet.”

Call-up Teddy McGeen of the Blenheim Blades scored his first junior ‘B’ goal for the Maroons.

Alexander Morgan, Michael Verboom and Steven Beenackers also scored. Brennan Feasey had three assists.

Jake Patterson stopped all eight shots he faced in the final two periods for the win. He replaced Bo Bessette, who gave up three goals on 10 shots in the first period.

The Maroons outshot the Lincolns 49-18, including 21-2 in the second period.

Lincolns goalie Tyler Beattie made 41 saves.

Sean O’Brien, Jack Wieringa and Brent House scored for the Lincolns, whose 17-game losing streak is the longest this season in the GOJHL.

“Our kids played a full 60 minutes tonight,” Roeszler said. “They kept making plays and playing with each other and playing hard.”

He was impressed by McGeen, who has three points in the past two games.

“He played unbelievable for us,” said Roeszler, praising his speed. “… He provides that energy and spark for the whole team.”

The Maroons coach also singled out one line for its solid performance.

“The line of Beenackers, Hopkins and (Jared) Dennis was as good as I’ve seen them in the last three months,” he said.

The teams will complete their home-and-home series Sunday at Memorial Arena at 7 p.m.


Sat. night was the first of a home-and-home between Strathroy Rockets and Lambton Shores Predators.  The Rockets pummelled the Preds 10-1.  Story from Pointstreak.

Strathroy rips Lambton Shores, 10-1

The Strathroy Rockets were firing on all cylinders against the Lambton Shores Predators, and when the final buzzer sounded Rockets emerged with a 10-1 win.

Lucas Latina was all over the ice for Strathroy, as he tallied two goals in the win. Latina scored on the power play at 15:35 into the first period to make the score 2-0 Strathroy and again with 48 seconds left in the third to make the score 10-1 Strathroy.

The Rockets pulled out the victory even though they were hit with 20 penalty minutes.

Strathroy forced Lambton Shores’ goalies to work without much rest, racking up 34 shots and forcing 24 saves. Andrew Harriman-Duke made 16 stops and Anthony Hurtubise made eight. The Rockets stifled the Predators’ power play, and did not give up a single goal while down a man.

Strathroy additionally got points from Joey Seney, who also finished with two goals and one assist, Stuart King, who also racked up one goal and one assist, Sam Vokes, who also grabbed one goal and two assists to lead the team in points, and Dan Chapman, who also registered one goal and one assist. Strathroy also got a goal from Nick Boyer.  Other players who recorded assists for Strathroy were Dalton Good, Andrew Martin, and Mat Ouellet, who each chipped in one and Matt Laberge, Brett Dalton, Eddie Schulz and Mark MacAulay, who contributed two each.

Scoring the Predators only goal was Ethan Sarfati, at 6:23 of the second period.


Sun. saw a matinee game where LaSalle Vipers hosted London Nationals.  The Vipers took the win 3-1.  Story from www.lasallevipers.com

Vipers beat Nats for fourth win in a row

The LaSalle Vipers defeated the London Nationals 3-1 Sunday afternoon at the Vollmer Centre, the team’s fourth straight win and eighth in their last nine games.

Nathan Savage opened the scoring at 7:34 of the first period, but Austin Kemp’s power play goal evened the game up through 20 minutes.

Savage’s second of the game, scored early in the middle frame, restored the Vipers lead and stood up as the game-winner. Brendan Harrogate, who assisted on both Savage goals, also found the back of the net.

“It seems like all four lines are rolling,” Savage says. “We’re getting healthy, and we’ve got four lines that can score, four lines that are hitting, and we’re doing everything possible (to win).”

Paolo Battisti was spectacular in net, surrendering just one goal and making several highlight reel quality saves, particularly in a third period that saw the Nationals pressing hard to get back into the game.

With the win, the Vipers (21-16-0) go two points up on the Strathroy Rockets for fourth place, and pull to within two of the Chatham Maroons for third.

The Vipers next game is Wednesday night against the Rockets. Game time is 7 pm.


Sun. night was the end of the home-and-home between Chatham and St. Marys.  The Maroons hammered the Lincolns 11-0.  Story from Pointstreak.

Beenackers leads Chatham over St. Marys, 11-0

Behind a great game by Steven Beenackers, who had two goals and one assist, the Chatham Maroons defeated the St. Marys Lincolns, 11-0.

Beenackers’ tallies came at 16 seconds into the first period to make the score 1-0 Chatham and 9:26 into the first to make the score 2-0 Chatham.

Chatham was boosted by Jake Patterson, who turned in a shutout with 33 saves.

Chatham kept St. Marys’ goalie busy throughout the game, and Andrew O’Connell made 49 saves on 60 shots.

Chatham also got points from Jared Dennis, who also registered one goal and three assists, Nate Pietens, who also tallied one goal and two assists, Luc Knight, who also racked up one goal and one assist, Alexander Morgan, who also had one goal and two assists, and Ian Faubert, who also registered one goal and four assists to lead the team in points. Others who scored for Chatham included Michael Levesque and Brennan Feasey, who scored two goals each. In addition, Chatham received assists from Brayden Hopkins, who had three and Trevor Richardson, Steven Szekesy, Connor Doran, and Mark Fratarcangelli, who contributed one each.

Chatham totaled 18 minutes in penalty time with four minors and two majors and had no power play opportunities. Team’s Pietens and Hopkins were slapped with misconducts and ejected from the game.

St. Marys ended with 12 minutes in penalty time with one minor and two majors. For the Lincolns, Jack Wieringa and Colin Nancekivell were ejected from the contest.


The weekend ended with a rematch between Strathroy and Lambton Shores.  The Rockets completed a third period comeback to take the game 5-4.

The Preds built up a 2-0 lead, with goals from Ethan Sarfati and Nick Delyzer before the game was 3 minutes old.  Brett Dalton got the Rockets on the board at 5:34 of the first.  Adam Wammes would close out the scoring of the first period at 14:03 and the team would go to the dressing room with the Preds up 3-1.

With Dalton in the box serving a tripping penalty, the Preds took advantage and Ryan Fraser put them up 4-1.  On the next shift, with Gino Mini in the box for unsportsmanlike, received at the same time of Fraser’s goal, Dalton made them pay and brought the game to 4-2 Preds.

In the third period, it was all Rockets.  On the powerplay, Andrew Martin would send a low liner, that appeared to just slide across the ice, past Preds goalie Anthony Hurtubise and made it 4-3 Preds.  Just 32 seconds later, Sam Vokes tied the game at 4-4.  With 3:13 left in the game, Mark MacAulay would break the tie and seal the victory for the Rockets.

Rockets Mat Ouellet made 30 of 34 saves, while Hurtubise stopped 30 of 35 shots.


As advised on Friday, this weekend was the trade deadline.  At 11:59pm Sat., January 10, all teams had to have their rosters set.  Below is a story from Chatham Daily News on the moves that the Maroons made.

Maroons add two forwards, may lose Verboom

By Mark Malone, Chatham Daily News


The Chatham Maroons beefed up their attack by acquiring 19-year-old forwards Gus Ford and Luc Knight at Saturday’s trade deadline.

Both are expected to play Sunday night against the St. Marys Lincolns at Memorial Arena.

However, Maroons captain Michael Verboom wasn’t in Sunday’s lineup amid rumours he’s leaving immediately for Mercyhurst University.

Verboom, 20, committed to Mercyhurst last season but wasn’t expected to play until the 2015-16 season.

The Maroons refused to comment on his status before the game.

Ford is the ninth-leading scorer in the Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League with 26-25-51 totals in 34 games with the Brantford 99ers.

“Highly offensive player,” Maroons head coach Tyler Roeszler said. “Power play-type guy that’s really going to give us some scoring punch up front.”

The five-foot-eight, 175-pound Tillsonburg native is in his first full junior ‘B’ season. He played nine games last season with the St. Thomas Stars, where his teammates included Knight and Maroons forward Alexander Morgan, but spent most of the season with the Dorchester Dolphins in the Southern Ontario junior ‘C’ league.

The five-foot-11, 170-pound Knight was the Stars’ leading scorer last season with 20 goals and 26 assists in 48 games.

He’d been playing this season in the Maritime Junior ‘A’ Hockey League with the Yarmouth Mariners. He had nine points and 37 penalty minutes in 23 games.

“He’s a big kid than can skate and shoot the puck, so he’s really going to help us up front,” Roeszler said.

The Maroons also confirmed defenceman John Bowen, 20, has left the team. He came aboard at last year’s trade deadline after playing parts of three seasons in the Ontario Hockey League.

Bowen has joined the El Paso Rhinos of the Western States Hockey League, a Tier III junior ‘A’ circuit.


This is an article from Steve Rice of the Stratford Beacon Herald on all the moves league wide, including the Golden Horseshoe.

GOJHL trade deadline deals

By Steve Rice, Stratford Beacon Herald


The Ontario Hockey Association trade deadline passed at midnight Saturday with a number of reported deals having taken place in the preceding hours and days.

Based on transactions reported through Pointstreak, the media, or reliable Twitter accounts through noon Sunday, the following is a list of GOJHL players that were traded, acquired or lost to other levels of junior hockey.

The Stratford Cullitons did not make any moves at the deadline.

More deals are likely to be announced over the next 24 hours. If you’re aware of a deal not listed here, please email Steve Rice at steve.rice@sunmedia.ca


ELMIRA – Acquired F Kevin Gergley from Listowel for F Jamie Huber. Acquired F Chad Herron from Guelph – Acquired D Marselis Subban from Cambridge.

KITCHENER – No moves reported.

STRATFORD – No moves.

WATERLOO – Lost D Josh De Farias to Sarnia (OHL).

GUELPH – Traded D Sheehan Kirkwood to Sudbury (NOJHL). Acquired D Beau Browning from Toronto (OJHL). Acquired F Stefano Pezzetta from Pickering (OJHL). Traded F Chad Herron to Elmira. Added F Brody Milne from Sudbury (OHL).

CAMBRIDGE – Acquired F Tyler Romain from Kirkland Lake (NOJHL). Dealt D Marselis Subban to Elmira. Lost F Devin Schell to Sault Ste. Marie (OHL).

LISTOWEL – Acquired F Jamie Huber from Elmira for F Kevin Gergley. Acquired D Ethan Morrison from Brampton Bombers. Released F Broedy Karelse to Wingham Jr. C.

BRAMPTON – Dealt D Ethan Morrison to Listowel. Dealt D Connor Anderson to Sarnia.

BRANTFORD – No moves reported.


LEAMINGTON – Added D Ryan Shipley from Wilfrid Laurier (CIS).

SARNIA – Acquired D Connor Anderson from Brampton. Acquired G Andrew Masters from St. Marys. Dealt G Hunter Johnson to Welland.

CHATHAM – Acquired Luc Knight from Yarmouth (Maritime J. A).

LASALLE – Added F Mark Manchurek from Windsor (OHL).

STRATHROY – Traded D Nick Whitworth to St. Marys for F Ocean Check. Acquired D Marcus Baird from Ancaster. Lost F Jack Kilgour to Kitchener (OHL).

LONDON – No moves reported.

ST. THOMAS – Acquired G Brendan Polasek from Caledonia. Acquired F Ryan Valentini from London (OHL). Lost F Zach Grzelewski to London (OHL). Acquired D James Newland from Mt. Brydges (Junior C).

LAMBTON SHORES – Lost F Ty Jackson to Trenton (OJHL).

ST. MARYS – Dealt G Andrew Masters to Sarnia. Traded F Ocean Check to Strathroy for D Nick Whitworth.


CALEDONIA – Dealt G Brendan Polasek to St. Thomas.

ST. CATHARINES – Dealt F Brady Cranwell to Pelham for F Brock Ackerman. Acquired D Connor Timmins from Thorold. Released D Scott Grieve to Chippawa Jr. C. Added F Patrick MacDonald (Ridley College). Dealt F Nick Halagian to Powell River (BCHL).

WELLAND – Acquired G Hunter Johnson from Sarnia.

ANCASTER – Traded D Marcus Baird to Strathroy. Acquired D Adam Burnett from Milton (OJHL).

NIAGARA FALLS – No moves reported.

FORT ERIE – No moves reported.

THOROLD – Traded D Connor Timmins to St. Catharines.

PELHAM – Dealt F Brock Ackerman to St. Catharines for F Brady Cranwell.


To be posted shortly on the blog is an article written by C. Scott Holland analyzing the trades/movements in the Western Conference.


After the weekend, here are the standings.


Leamington 36 28 7 1 57 .792 149 92 827 16-2-0 12-5-1
Sarnia 35 24 11 0 48 .686 157 128 675 15-3-0 9-8-0
Chatham 35 22 11 2 46 .657 163 117 680 12-6-1 10-5-1
LaSalle 37 21 16 0 42 .568 158 132 851 12-7-0 9-9-0
Strathroy 36 20 14 2 42 .583 148 122 683 13-5-1 7-9-1
London 35 16 17 2 34 .486 115 107 633 10-5-1 6-12-1
St. Thomas 35 15 16 4 34 .486 114 119 535 10-7-1 5-9-3
Lambton Shores 37 11 23 3 25 .338 116 182 840 7-10-1 4-13-2
St. Marys 37 2 31 4 8 .108 66 191 655 2-15-2 0-16-2


Coming up this week

Wednesday, January 14

LaSalle Vipers vs. Strathroy Rockets – 7:00 Vollmer Rec Centre

London Nationals vs. Lambton Shores Predators – 7:30 Western Fair

Thursday, January 15

Leamington Flyers vs. LaSalle Vipers – 7:10 Heinz Arena

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


I’m hoping to make it to LaSalle on Wed., I try to go to each arena in a season, but at this time of the year, it all depends on the weather.  I think that will be a good game.  This season, we’ve had good games against the Vipers, and with us now tied for 4th and 5th, that makes this game rather important.

I think Leamington and LaSalle on Thurs. will be a good game.  Notwithstanding that they are Essex County rivals, LaSalle’s been playing exceptionally well since the start of the New Year.


For those interested, I did make it to Cambridge Sat. night to watch the WinterHawks and Guelph Hurricanes.  It was a really good game to watch, those teams are fairly evenly matched, sitting in 5th and 6th.  I’ve been looking at the Mid-West schedule and I notice that they play mostly Thurs-Sun with the odd Tues. game.  I’m going to think about it over the next couple days, but I’m considering doing a weekly Mid-West Recap, to be posted Thursdays.  It would be the same idea as these recaps, just weekly instead of twice a week.  It would give me a chance to become more familiar with the Mid-West, but there’s only 6 weeks left in the regular season, so I’m not sure if it’s worth it to start it now, or just wait until next season.  I’ll think about it over the next couple of days and maybe you’ll have a new feature to read starting on Thursday.

Anyways, have a good week fans and I’ll see you Wed. for another player profile.  This week will feature a Waterloo Siskin.

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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