Mid-West Recap for Jan 8-13

Hello Mid-West fans!  Welcome to your own weekly recap from around your Conference.

I’ll do this much like my recaps for the West, but yours will only be weekly since you primarily only play Thurs.-Sun. games.

So let’s look at what happened in the past week.

Thursday, January 8

Brantford 99er’s hosted Listowel Cyclones.  The 99er’s are dead last in the Mid-West and out of a play-off spot at this time.  Listowel is currently in 7th place.  The Cyclones defeated the 99er’s 3-1.  Story from Brantford Expositor.

JUNIOR HOCKEY: Listowel 3 Brantford 1


A six-second lapse in the second period cost the Brantford 99ers on Thursday at the Wayne Gretzky Sports Centre.

Hosting Listowel in a Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League game, Brantford allowed two late goals in the middle period as the Cyclones scored a 3-1 Mid-Western Conference win.

Brantford falls to 7-26-1 on the season while Listowel moves to 14-19-1.

With 4:31 to go before the third period – and the game tied 1-1 – Brantford goalie Nathan Mackinnon made a nice glove save on Chayse Herrfort, But 10 seconds later it was 3-1 as Ethan Morrison scored and Herrfort tallied six seconds after Morrison.

Although things ended poorly, the 99ers actually held the lead early in the game.

With time winding down towards the first intermission, Brantford got a power play and the 99ers made it count when Scotty Penwarden scored. Ryon Pereira and Christian Polillo assisted on the goal, which came against Tyler Fassl.

The home team didn’t get to enjoy the 1-0 lead for long though because Listowel scored less than a minute into the second period.

After stopping Derek Elliot on a breakaway, Mackinnon had no chance at the 47-second mark as Elliot was left out front all alone, sliding the puck into the back of the net.

Mackinnon was called up as both of Brantford’s regular goalies – Jack Moylan and Mathieu Kingsley – were out with injuries.

Mackinnon, a junior C player with the Simcoe Storm, earned his keep as his team was oushot 37-21.

Zander Pryor came close to getting Brantford back to within one goal in the third period but his hard shot went off the crossbar and away from danger.

Brantford is now off until Thursday when it hosts the Waterloo Siskins at the Gretzky centre at 7:30 p.m.

With Saturday’s trade deadline looming, the 99ers may be looking to make some moves to get into the playoffs.

Brantford currently trails the ninth-place Brampton Bombers by three points for the final playoff spot in the league.


Also last Thurs., Guelph Hurricanes hosted Cambridge Winter Hawks.  The Hurricanes came from behind in the 3rd period to secure the 6-3 win.  Story from Guelph Mercury.

Guelph Hurricanes come back to topple Cambridge

By Rob Massey


GUELPH — The Guelph Hurricanes recovered from their latest slow start with five consecutive goals on their way to a 6-3 victory over the Cambridge Winter Hawks Thursday night at the Sleeman Centre.

“It’s good that we can come back with the guys on the team that we have,” Canes’ forward Mac Flewelling said. “We’ve got a bunch of guys that don’t get down on themselves, but it would be better to come out of the gate with a better start and we’re going to work on that in the future.”

The third consecutive win by the Canes leaves them in the thick of the battle for third place in the Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League’s Midwestern Conference. The Canes are fifth at 20-13-2, three points behind the Stratford Cullitons and Waterloo Siskins who are tied for third with identical 21-10-3 records. The Winter Hawks are sixth at 17-14-4.

“We’re ready to make a good playoff run,” Flewelling said. “We’re ready to go. We’re making some changes in our lineup and spots aren’t guaranteed at this point in the season so boys are working hard trying to keep their spots.”

The Jr. B league’s signing deadline is this weekend. The Canes, who’ve won eight of their last 12 games, signed Brody Milne last weekend and are expected to make a couple of changes as they prepare to take a shot at the conference title.

Guelph’s schedule lends itself to a good placing as seven of the 14 games left in its regular season are against the bottom three teams in the conference — the Listowel Cyclones (14-19-1), Brampton Bombers (6-21-6) and Brantford 99ers (7-26-1).

The Elmira Sugar Kings lead the conference at 27-6-1 while the Kitchener Dutchmen are second at 25-7-2. The Canes are finished with the Sugar Kings and play Kitchener twice. They also play Stratford and Waterloo twice each and Cambridge once.

“We’ve just got to keep it going,” Flewelling said. “We’ve got to get better every game and we’ve got to focus on working hard, doing the little things right and playing a full 60 minutes.”

Against the Winter Hawks, the Canes trailed 2-0 at the end of the first period before battling back to tie it at 2-2 in the second. They scored three times in the first 11 minutes of the third to put the game away, although Cambridge got a bit of a spark when Maxime Lamontagne scored with 3:02 to go. However, Craig Martini of the Canes added an empty-net goal with nine seconds to play.

Peyton Backus led Guelph with a pair of goals while Patrick Kudla, Dylan Sayle, Brooker Muir and Martini also scored. Flewelling assisted on three of the goals while Muir, Kudla and Michael Courvoisier each had two assists and Cameron Stokes, Chad Herron and Martini had one apiece.

Matt Harding, Jordan Chard and Lamontagne scored for Cambridge.

Jason Da Silva picked up the win in net for the Canes. Earlier in the day, the Peterborough Petes traded his OHL rights to the Oshawa Generals, but the Generals say Da Silva’s acquisition was for insurance purposes and that he’ll remain with the Canes until his services are required in Oshawa.

The victory also assured the Canes of winning the season series with Cambridge. They’ve played five times and Guelph has been victorious four times.

The Canes and Winter Hawks are to play again Saturday at the Galt Arena Gardens in the final regular-season meeting between the teams. It’ll be Guelph’s third contest with the Winter Hawks in four games. Game time is 7 p.m.


Friday, January 9

Listowel hosted Waterloo Siskins.  The Siskins pulled out a slim 2-1 win over the Cyclones.  Story from Pointstreak.

Waterloo rides Kiselev to victory over Listowel, 2-1

Evgeny Kiselev stood on his head and made 35 saves to lead the Waterloo Siskins to a 2-1 victory over the Listowel Cyclones.

Waterloo was paced by Michael Romund, who grabbed one goal. Romund scored 17:30 into the third period to make the score 2-1 Waterloo.

The Siskins put up an impenetrable defensive front on the penalty kill, and did not allow Listowel to score on any of its three power plays.  Waterloo kept the Cyclones’ goalie busy throughout the game, and Ryan Hergott made 39 saves on 41 shots.

Waterloo also got a goal from Christian Mroczkowski as well. More assists for Waterloo came via Matt Romund and Danny Hanlon, who each chipped in one.

Listowel’s penalty kill was spotless, allowing no goals on three Waterloo power plays. The Siskins were unable to stop the Cyclones from sending pucks towards the net, and Listowel eventually piled up 36 shots on goal.

The Cyclones were led by Derek Elliott, who scored the team’s only goal. Elliot scored 11:25 into the third period to make the score 1-1. Ven Van Ootegham provided the assist.

Waterloo incurred 10 minutes in penalty time with five minors. Listowel incurred 10 minutes in penalty time with five minors.


The other game on Fri, was Stratford Cullitons hosting Brampton Bombers.  The Cullitons narrowly escaped with a 2-0 win.  Story from Stratford Beacon Herald.

Redman shuts out Bombers

By Steve Rice


Rookie Nick Redman finally got a little help Friday night.

Not much. But just enough that he and the Stratford Cullitons were able to defeat the Brampton Bombers 2-0 in a GOJHL Midwestern Conference game at the Allman Arena.

The Cullitons went more then five periods without a goal, having been shut out 1-0 last Saturday night in Cambridge with Redman in net and two more periods Friday before Pat McKelvie’s game-winner early in the third.

“It crept into my mind a little bit,” Redman said when asked if he wondered if his teammates could supply him with at least one goal. “I knew it would come. We have a great group of guys and we’re always capable of scoring.

“The boys played great in front of me and that’s all you can ask as a goalie.”

The 17-year-old from Singhampton lost 3-2 in a shootout in his junior hockey debut in Cambridge Sept. 13 and hasn’t always enjoyed great offensive support since then. His last decision was a 2-1 loss in Brantford in early December.

“It’s one of the mysteries of hockey — I honestly don’t know,” Redman said of the low-scoring affairs he’s been involved in. “I prefer it to a high-scoring shootout. It makes you stay focused and you’re in the game more.”

At the other end, 16-year-old Jake Lawr was outstanding as the Cullitons held a 39-13 shots advantage through 40 minutes. But Redman was easily the star of the second period as he stopped at least three breakaways, including one in the final second that ended with a huge collision that shook up both him and Brampton’s Mitchell Byrne.

“That’s really a game-defining moment for the guys and luckily we pulled through,” Redman said. “I try to challenge them as much as I can and wait for them to make the first move.”

Defenceman Austin Huizenga was originally credited with the winning goal at 2:11 of the third period, which would have been his first goal of the season. But it was later changed to Pat McKelvie, who redirected the shot past Lawr.

“We were throwing pucks on net and we knew if kept doing that one would bounce off somebody’s butt or skate or stick or something, and that’s what ended up happening,” said Huizenga.

“I don’t know if it’s our mindset, but when he (Redman) is in net we need to do a better job scoring goals and helping him out. He helped us out big his last game and tonight it could have been 4-0 after the second period but he bailed us out.

“He’s a great goaltender and a great guy to have on the team and in the locker room.”

Mitch Brooks made a billiard shot from his own zone off the boards and into an empty net for the clinching goal.

The opening period saw the Cullitons dish out some good hits — Ty Bilcke, Jake Pleon and Carter Allen among them — and go scoreless on three powerplay chances while outshooting the Bombers 18-5 edge.

After his busy second-period, Redman opened the third with a fantastic blocker save on Shawn Madden to keep it scoreless before McKelvie’s goal.

“We’ve put over 93 shots on net in two games and we’ve got one goal,” said Cullitons’ coach Phil Westman, clearly frustrated with his team. “It’s our inability to get to the net for screens, tips and rebounds, and we’ve practiced it all week. They think it’s a shot, it’s going to go in. But it’s manufacturing goals.

“(Redman) has given us a chance to win two in a row.”

Redman came to Stratford knowing he’d be the backup to 20-year-old Nick Caldwell, but performances like the one Friday night — his second shutout of the season — and a 2.39 goals-against average should give the Cullitons confidence he’ll be there if needed in the playoffs, and can step into a larger role next season.

“It’s a great organization, and I love it here,” Redman said of his decision to accept the backup role in Stratford rather than look elsewhere. “Hopefully I can take on a lot more action next year.”

The Cullitons remained tied with the Waterloo Siskins for third place in the conference, both with 22-10-3 records.

Notes: Jeff McArdle (lower body), F Tyson Baker and F Zac Van Louwe did not dress for the Cullitons … Tyler Graham moved up on line with Sauder and Brooks … other lines had rookies Broomhead and Nash with Kropf, Hiddink-Templeman-O’Brien, and McKelvie- Bilcke-Vandergunst … great defensive play by Nathan Templeman midway through the third period, sliding to break up a 3-on-1 … Cullitons are in Kitchener on Tuesday night against the Dutchmen.


Saturday, January 10

It was a rematch between Cambridge and Guelph.  I actually went to this game and it was a great game to watch.  These teams appear to be fairly evenly matched and it was a good game.  I hate to say it, but I’m glad that I went to this game rather than the Rockets game that night.  After being down 3-1, Cambridge came back to win it 4-3 in a shootout.  Story from Guelph Mercury.

Victory slips away from Guelph Hurricanes at Cambridge


CAMBRIDGE – The Guelph Hurricanes let a point get away from them Saturday night when they were edged 4-3 in a shootout by the Cambridge Winter Hawks in Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League play at the Galt Arena Gardens.

The Canes led by two goals midway through the third period, but the Winter Hawks got those back to force a five-minute overtime period that was scoreless. The hosts won when Jordan Chard scored the only goal in a shootout.

The Winter Hawks opened the scoring with the only goal of the second period, but the Canes tallied three times in a span of four minutes and 17 seconds early in the third to shoot ahead. Cambridge came back with two goals later in the period, Chard’s goal with 2:37 to go in regulation time tied it up. He’s been productive against the Canes this season as he’s collected four goals and five assists in the six meetings between the teams.

The Winter Hawks outshot the Canes 40-33 and went 1-for-2 on their power play while Guelph was held scoreless on its only power play.

Patrick Kudla, Mac Flewelling and Lawrence Pagnan scored a goal apiece for the Canes while assists were awarded to Pagnan, Dylan Sayle, Tristan Liggett, Kudla and Cameron Stokes.

Mitch Atkins and Maxime Lamontagne scored the other goals for Cambridge.

The league’s signing deadline passed Saturday and the Canes added a couple of players to their roster and shipped a pair out to make room.

The Canes acquired 20-year-old defenceman Beau Browning from the Toronto Patriots of the tier 2 Ontario Junior Hockey League. He had two goals, five assists and 11 penalty minutes in 22 games with the Patriots and five of his points came on the power play.

The Canes will be his third team of the season as he had started the OJHL campaign with the Toronto Junior Canadiens where he had an assist and nine penalty minutes in five games. He’s expected to join the Canes on Tuesday.

Also added to the Guelph lineup was forward Stefano Pezzetta who was assigned to the Canes by the Pickering Panthers of the OJHL. He had an assist and 23 penalty minutes in 12 games this season after getting six goals, seven assists and 30 penalty minutes in 25 games with the St. Mike’s Buzzers of the OJHL last season. He made his debut with the Canes Saturday night and had seven minutes in penalties.

The Canes sent forward Chad Herron to the Elmira Sugar Kings. The Guelph native had nine goals, 10 assists and 39 penalty minutes in 31 games for the Canes this season, his fourth with the team. In a total of 170 regular-season and playoff games with the Canes, Herron had 27 goals, 35 assists and 313 penalty minutes. He made his debut with the Sugar Kings in a 4-2 victory over the Stratford Cullitons Saturday night at Elmira.

And the Canes sent defenceman Sheehan Kirkwood to the Sudbury Nickel Barons of the tier 2 Northern Junior Hockey League. A native of Copper Cliff in the Sudbury area, Kirkwood had five goals, seven assists and 58 penalty minutes in 27 games with the Canes this season. Eight of his points came on the power play.

The Canes are fifth in the Midwestern Conference at 20-13-3. They’re to play the Brampton Bombers (6-22-6) Friday at Brampton and also Saturday at the Sleeman Centre. Both games carry 7:30 p.m. game times.


Also on Sat., Stratford headed to Elmira to take on the Sugar Kings.  It appears to have been a back and forth game with the Kings picking up the 4-2 win in the 3rd period.  Story from SouthwesternOntario.ca

Cullitons win and lose in the third period

By Pat Payton

ELMIRA – The post-season is still six weeks away in the Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League.

But for most teams in the Midwestern Conference, the playoffs have already arrived.

These days, local hockey fans are getting treated to playoff-type intensity, and every game seems more important than the last one.

For example, the home-town Sugar Kings and Stratford Cullitons left everything on the ice in front of about 700 spectators here Saturday night.

Veteran Mitch Wright broke a 2-2 tie at 1:52 of the third period and Kings went on to down the Cullitons 4-2. Cash Seraphim added an empty-netter in the final minute.

For the first-place Sugar Kings (28-7-1), the win improved their record to 3-1-1 against the Cullitons. The teams play their sixth and final regular-season game this Friday in Stratford at 7:30 p.m.

Some positives, too

Despite Saturday’s loss, but there were lot of positives to take from the game, Cullitons’ assistant coach Tyler Canal reported.

“We played pretty well, and we were happy with the effort,” Canal said. “Obviously, we wanted a different outcome, but Elmira’s a good team and they’re in first place for a reason.

“There were a couple of things we want to correct and work on, but overall we were definitely happy with our game.”

Overall, Stratford out-shot Elmira 23-22, but Canal didn’t think it was strictly a defensive battle.

“It was just that type of game,” he explained. “We kept things to the outside, and there aren’t as many premier (scoring) chances in games like that. They are playoff-type games, and when you get your chances you have to capitalize.

“At this time of year, you have to figure out what you can and can’t do as you get ready for the playoffs.”

After Kings’ Eric Palazzolo opened the scoring in the first period, Cullitons’ defenceman Jake Pleon (his 11th) tied it on a powerplay at 8:44 of the second.

The teams then traded goals in the final minute of the period. Adam Brubacher put Elmira back in front on a powerplay at 19:08, but Stratford’s Zach Van Louwe (his eighth) tied it again just 18 seconds later.

After Wright’s game winner early in the third, Seraphim’s empty-netter came with 53 seconds left on the clock. Cullitons had pulled goalie Nick Caldwell (17-6-2) with 1:09 remaining.

After weekend action, Cullitons (22-11-3) sat in fourth place in the Midwest standings, two points behind Waterloo Siskins (23-10-3) and four ahead of Guelph Hurricanes (20-13-3).

Stratford 2 – Brampton 0

At the Allman Arena Friday night, coach Phil Westman admitted that he breathed a sigh of relief following their game against Brampton Bombers.

After his team had been shut out for five consecutive periods, Cullitons scored twice in the third period—the second goal into an empty net–to pull out a 2-0 victory over the eighth-place Bombers in front of approximately 1,275 spectators.

Overall, Stratford out-shot Brampton 59-25, including 21-8 in the second period.

“It was a tight game,” Westman said. “We put a lot of pucks to the net, but it’s two games in a row where we’ve struggled to score . . . and I’m obviously a lot concerned.

“That’s two games where we’ve put 90 shots on net, but we aren’t getting tips and screens and rebounds. We seem to be content to stand beside the goalie. We seem to carry a lot of the play, but our finish around the net has been pretty frustrating.

“We need to increase our urgency to score and want to win.”

Centre Patrick McKelvie’s ninth goal of the season at 2:11 was the game winner. Mitch Brooks (his 17th) added the empty-netter with 11 seconds remaining to play.

Only the outstanding goaltending of Jake Lawr kept the score as close as it was. The 16-year-old from Caledon finished with 57 saves. He faced 41 shots over the final two periods and allowed just one goal.

“Their goalie played well; he did a good job for them,” Westman added. “And Brampton played a good solid system tonight.”

Cullitons’ rookie Nick Redman, meanwhile, earned his second Jr. ‘B’ shutout. The 17-year-old from Singhampton (5-5-1) made 25 stops, including 12 in the third period, to lower his goals-against average to 2.39.

Cullitons improved their home-ice record to 14-2-1 with their fifth straight win over the Bombers (7-22-6).

Something else that probably made coach Westman happy was that his team took just two minor penalties.

Upcoming: Cullitons were in Kitchener on Tuesday night of this week to play the second-place Dutchmen (26-7-2).

After Friday’s home game against Elmira, Cullitons travel to Waterloo Sunday for a 1:30 p.m. face-off against the Siskins.


Sunday, January 11

The first game of the day was Cambridge at Kitchener Dutchmen.  This was the 3rd game in 3.5 days for the Hawks and it must have taken its toll on them as the Dutchmen took the game 2-0.  Story from Cambridge Times.

‘Tired’ Winter Hawks blanked by Dutchies

By Bill Doucet


Kitchener – Call it a late Christmas gift.

The Kitchener Dutchmen, who hadn’t played since last Tuesday (Jan. 6), stepped on the ice Sunday afternoon to face a Cambridge Winter Hawks team that was enduring three games in three-and-a-half days. The result was what one might expect, a 2-0 Winter Hawks loss at the Kinsmen Rink.

The odds weren’t in Cambridge’s favour to begin with as the Winter Hawks had just finished off a Thursday-Saturday home-and-home set with the Guelph Hurricanes, who now sit three points in front of them for fifth place, with Guelph holding a game in hand.

The teams split the home-and-home, with both teams winning on home ice. Guelph took Thursday’s game 6-3 and the Winter Hawks returned the favour Saturday with a 4-3 win in a shootout – a comeback win to boot.

“Last night was an emotional win. It probably took a little adrenaline and emotion out of us for today’s hockey team, but we’re just a tired hockey team,” said head coach Steve Hodson.

“We’re on the tail end of a three- in-four and they hadn’t played since Tuesday, and I knew we were going to have to manage this hockey game and kind of be patient. But the result of the three in four is that you’re just not swift and you’re just not sharp. The puck was bouncing the wrong way for us and that’s often a lack of support in the right areas of the ice.”

Being out of gas was evident in the first period as the Dutchmen outshot the Winter Hawks 21-5. Despite the lopsided shot total, Alex Demrovsky was the only one to beat goaltender Lucas Machalski, who was solid once again.

Cambridge did put on their work boots for the second and third – outshooting Kitchener 31-12 over the final 40 minutes – but really didn’t put together too many quality scoring opportunities. Jackson McIntosh stopped 36 shots for his second shutout of the season.

“Give credit to the team, we came back and statistically we outplayed them massively in the third period,” Hodson said.

“We had some really strong opportunities to score and we were just half a step behind from being in the right area to bang in garbage. We just couldn’t solve him. McIntosh played a pretty decent game and made saves when he had to.”

The Winter Hawks had a good chance to tie the game when they were down 1-0 and had a 5-on-3 advantage for a minute and 19 seconds, but couldn’t score.

“The 5-on-3 was a big turning point, because within 30 seconds of the 5-on-3 being over they scored the 2-0 goal. That was really the lights out point of the game,” Hodson said, noting Adam Kawalec’s 27th goal of the season, 11 seconds after the power play expired.

The Winter Hawks finished the game 0-for-6 on the power play – perfect opportunities missed to get on the scoreboard.

“There’s something to be said for solid scoring chances and weak scoring chances. A lot of our chances were from the outside with no second wave. I can probably count on one hand the second opportunities we had and that’s a direct result of just not being very swift,” Hodson said.

“We need a day or two off.”

The Winter Hawks will get that as they are off until Friday when they travel to Listowel and then host Brantford on Saturday.

Matt Harding, Jordan Chard and Max Lamontagne scored in Thursday’s game, while Mitch Atkins, Lamontagne and Chard scored on Saturday, with Chard also potting the winner in the shootout.

Hawks’ nest: The Winter Hawks are going to want to take advantage of their next four games. They will take on Listowel and Brantford – two teams below them in the standings – twice. In the eight remaining games after that, the Winter Hawks only play one team (Brampton) below them in the standings.


The other game Sun. afternoon was Waterloo hosting Elmira.  The Kings must have partied too hard after their victory Sat. night as the Siskins blew them out 8-4.  Story from Waterloo Record.

Siskins blow out Sugar Kings


The Waterloo Siskins beat the Elmira Sugar Kings in decisive 8-4 style Sunday in Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League play.

Waterloo’s Christian Mroczkowski led the way with two goals and four assists, while Evan Kearns had two goals and an assist.

Also Sunday, the Cambridge Winter Hawks were shut-out 2-0 by the Kitchener Dutchmen.

Alex Demrovsky and Adam Kawalec had the goals for the Dutchmen.

Kitchener goaltender Jackson McIntosh stopped 36 saves to earn his second shutout of the season.

On Saturday, the Winter Hawks edged the Guelph Hurricanes with a 4-3 shootout victory.

Cambridge’s Mitch Atkins and Maxime Lamontagne had a goal and two assists each, while Jordan Chard scored the game-winner in the shootout.

Also Saturday, the Sugar Kings defeated the Stratford Cullitons 4-2, thanks to a huge third period game-winner by Mitch Wright.

Eric Palazzolo, Cash Seraphim and Adam Brubacher had the other markers for the Sugar Kings.

Goaltender Jonathan Reinhart stopped 21 of 23 shots to earn the win.


The final game on Sun. was Brampton hosting Listowel.  The Bombers picked up 2 crucial points after a 7-4 win.  Story from Pointstreak.

Bray nets hat trick, leads Brampton to 7-4 win over Listowel

Kevin Bray netted a hat trick to lead the Brampton Bombers over the Listowel Cyclones, 7-4.

Bray got on the scoresheet 17 seconds into the first period. He then added goals at 15:01 into the first and at 3:21 into the second.

Referees had their hands full with a major incident at 8:17 into the third period. Four fighting penalties were dished out along with two game misconducts.

Brampton’s penalty box was a popular destination as the team totaled nine minors and two majors for 48 minutes in penalty time.

Brampton also got points from Cameron Cruickshank, who also tallied one goal and two assists and Mitchell Byrne, who also racked up one goal and two assists to lead the team in points. Carmine Vietri also scored for Brampton. Other players who recorded assists for Brampton were Nick Petropoulos, who had one and Anton Bura, Lucas Goodman, and Noah Robinson, who each chipped in two.

Listowel forced Brampton goalie Shane Dietl to work between the pipes, taking 39 shots. The Cyclones had trouble converting on the power play advantage, managing just two goals on 11 chances.

Listowel was helped by Derek Elliot, who had two goals. Elliot scored the first of his two goals at 16:12 into the first period to make the score 2-2. Ben Van Ootegham assisted on the tally. Elliot’s next tally made the score 5-4 Brampton with 6:08 left in the second period.

Listowel additionally got points from Tim Nauta, who also registered one goal and two assists to lead the team in points. Others who scored for Listowel included Brady Anderson and Brad Yowart, who scored one goal each. In addition, Listowel received assists from Keaton Willis and Jamie Huber, who contributed one each.

Dietl recorded 35 saves for the Bombers. Brampton registered one goal on three power play opportunities. The Cyclones’ starting goalie, Ryan Hergott, made 11 saves and finished with the loss before he was taken out in favor of Tyler Fassl, who stopped six shots. Listowel ended with 16 minutes in penalty time with three minors and two majors.


Tuesday, January 13

The last game from this past week was Tues. night when Kitchener hosted Stratford.  The Dutchmen picked up the win, 6-5.  Story from Stratford Beacon Herald.

Cullitons short of 60 minute effort

By Steve Rice, Stratford Beacon Herald


The Stratford Cullitons’ recent eight-game win streak was the product of solid, 60-minute efforts, coaches and players agreed throughout the run.

Similarly, a lack of that kind of consistency seems to be at the root of the current slump, now at 1-3-0 following a 6-5 loss to the Dutchmen in Kitchener Tuesday night.

“We have to get back to the 60 minutes of the hockey we want to play,” assistant coach Tyler Canal said by phone following the game. “When we were skating and playing our game we took it to them for most of the game. And then there were lapses and they capitalized.”

The Cullitons led 2-0 by the 12-minute mark and scored the only two goals of the third period while outshooting the Dutchmen 43-23 overall.

But in the middle 25 minutes the Cullitons were outscored 6-1, surrendering three powerplay goals.

The Dutchmen improved to 27-7-2 for 56 points, one back of first-place Elmira in the GOJHL Midwestern Conference .

Kitchener also clinched the season series between the teams, having won four of five with one game to go, to put a damper on the slim hope the Cullitons had of catching them.

The Cullitons are 22-12-3 and trying to hang onto fourth place. But Canal said positions in the standings aren’t the biggest worry.

“We’re more concerned about the way we’re playing,” he said. “We haven’t played 60 full minutes in a little while now and that’s more of a concern over anything else right now.

“You can see stretches where we are playing well, and how we can play. Before (during the streak) we were playing 60 minutes, we were staying out of the box, our powerplay was working. It’s all that little stuff, the momentum swings … and we haven’t done that the last little while.”

Special teams played a big role in Tuesday night’s game as the Dutchmen went 3-for-6 with the man advantage and moved ahead of Stratford as the conference’s most effective powerplay (22.1 per cent).

Stratford was 0-for-7, including a stretch of over a minute and a half with a two-man advantage in the second period trailing 4-3. They’re 1-for-21 on the powerplay in the last three games.

Rookie Hayden Broomhead scored twice for the Cullitons giving him 14 goals — third on the team — and 28 points (fifth). Deven Kropf added a goal and assist while Tyson Baker and Jared Nash had single goals. Justin Graham had three assists.

Wyatt Trainer, a 20-year-old from Newmarket acquired from the Burlington Cougars of the OJHL at Saturday’s trade deadline, paced the Dutchmen with two goals. Adam Kawalec, Connor Cole, Taite Wirschke and Nic Hague added single goals and Mitchell Smith had three assists.

Jackson McIntosh stopped 38 shots and took the conference lead in saves (814 in 29 games) while improving to 22-6-0.

Nick Caldwell allowed five goals on 14 shots through 37 minutes before being replaced by Nick Redman.

Redman stopped eight shots, allowing only Cole’s game-winning goal on a late second-period powerplay and being tagged with the loss. That’s exactly what happened to him when he replaced Caldwell in the Cullitons’ 5-4 loss to the Dutchmen in Stratford Oct. 17.

The Cullitons are scheduled to play host to the Elmira Sugar Kings on Friday night, then travel to Waterloo Sunday afternoon for a game against the third-place Siskins.


Here are your standings


Elmira 36 28 7 1 57 .792 160 98 818 15-3-0 13-4-1
Kitchener 36 27 7 2 56 .778 156 116 716 16-3-0 11-4-2
Waterloo 36 23 10 3 49 .681 152 106 614 12-5-1 11-5-2
Stratford 37 22 12 3 47 .635 150 100 833 14-2-1 8-10-2
Guelph 36 20 13 3 43 .597 125 116 791 12-5-1 8-8-2
Cambridge 37 18 15 4 40 .541 107 114 821 12-6-0 6-9-4
Listowel 36 14 21 1 29 .403 95 107 397 7-10-1 7-11-0
Brampton 35 7 22 6 20 .286 93 174 827 4-10-4 3-12-2
Brantford 34 7 26 1 15 .221 104 186 884 5-13-1 2-13-0



Coming up

Thursday, January 15

Brantford 99er’s vs. Waterloo Siskins – 7:30 Gretzky Sports Centre

Friday, January 16

Brampton Bombers vs. Guelph Hurricanes – 7:30 Victoria Park Arena

Listowel Cyclones vs. Cambridge Winter Hawks – 7:30 Listowel Memorial

Stratford Cullitons vs. Elmira Sugar Kings – 7:30 Allman Arena

Saturday, January 17

Cambridge Winter Hawks vs. Brantford 99er’s – 7:00 Galt Arena Gardens

Guelph Hurricanes vs. Brampton Bombers – 7:30 Sleeman Centre

Sunday, January 18

Waterloo Siskins vs. Stratford Cullitons – 1:30 Waterloo Memorial

Elmira Sugar Kings vs. Kitchener Dutchmen – 7:00 Dan Snyder Memorial


I’d really like to see Elmira play and I’m considering going to Stratford Friday night.  I haven’t been to Stratford this season, the only trip I made was in pre-season and it stormed so much that the hydro was knocked out, but I enjoy going to the Allman.  It’s a classic arena that gives you that old time hockey feel.  I get the same feeling going to Chatham Memorial or Sarnia Arena.  Cambridge, I know you have the oldest operating arena in the world, but with the modern improvements made over the years, it’s lost that hockey atmosphere for me.

Listowel and Cambridge could be a good game to see, as well as either of the games on Sunday.

The way I look at it, this is the push for play-offs, and I’m a hockey girl, so you can’t go wrong with any game you go to.

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.


  1. RocketGirl

    January 15, 2015 at 12:05 pm

    Thanks for your support Murph.

    I decided that in order to be well rounded and fully knowledgeable about the GOJHL, I need to know about the Mid-West, and what better way to get acquainted with them than to do the recaps.

    Because it’s for an entire week, it’s quite long, and somewhat old news, but it’s still informative. And even though it’s been 1 week, I’ve learned that the Mid-West teams get better coverage in the papers than the Western teams.

  2. muffman

    January 15, 2015 at 11:48 am

    Thanks Stacey.

    I’m happy that you are doing the Midwestern League also.
    I will be looking forward to all your stories.

    Also, I want to say that you are doing a Fantastis job.
    I know its alot of work, but it is appreciated.

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