Weekend Recap for Jan. 16-18

Good morning GOJHL fans.

Fri. night saw 2 games.  The first was St. Thomas Stars hosting Chatham Maroons.  The Maroons have been gaining ground on the Sarnia Legionnaires and with a 5-3 win Fri., they tied the Legionnaires for 2nd place in the standings.  Story from Chatham Daily News.

Maroons beat Stars for second-place tie


ST. THOMAS – The Chatham Maroons set up a second-place showdown with their 5-3 comeback win over the St. Thomas Stars on Friday.

Alexander Morgan scored two goals, including the winner, and Jake Patterson made 32 saves as the Maroons tied the Sarnia Legionnaires for second place in the Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League’s Western Conference.

The tie will be broken Sunday when the Legionnaires visit Memorial Arena at 7 p.m.

Jared Dennis, Michael Levesque and Gus Ford also scored as the Maroons rallied from a 2-1 deficit in front of 603 fans at Timken Centre.

The Maroons have won three in a row. They’re on a seven-game point streak (6-0-1).

Dennis’s goal gave the Maroons a 1-0 lead at the first intermission, but Ryan Valentini and Carson Brookshaw of the Stars scored 1:50 apart early in the second period for a 2-1 lead.

Levesque replied just over a minute later with the tying goal and Ford scored at 6:41. It was Ford’s first goal in two games since being acquired from the Brantford 99ers at the trade deadline.

Morgan scored the eventual winner late in the second period for a 4-2 lead.

Dane Johnstone of the Stars scored in the third with 5:51 to go, but Morgan sealed the victory with a last-minute goal.

Morgan has scored in three straight games. He has seven points during a four-game point streak.

The Maroons sent 26 shots at Stars goalie Brendan Polasek.

NOTES: Connor Annett and Ian Faubert each had two assists. … Chatham was 0-for-4 on the power play and St. Thomas was 1-for-9. … Seven of eight playoff spots in the Western Conference are clinched. Lambton Shores has a 17-point lead on St. Marys for the final berth.


The other game on Fri. was St. Marys Lincolns hosting London Nationals.  The Lincolns have continued to struggled and dropped a 7-1 decision to the Nats.

St. Marys opened the scoring with a goal from former National Brent House at with 5:13 left in the first period.  Unfortunately, that’s the only goal the Lincolns would score in the game.

The rest of the game was all London.  Captain Derek Todosichuk tied the game 1:14 into the 2nd period.  Ethan Cocurullo scored the game winner at 3:59.  The rest of the goals in the period were scored by Colin Wilson, Rai DiLoreto, which was shorthanded, and Drew Worrad.  Third period scoring was from Todosichuk with his 2nd of the game and Scott Goodman.

It appears to have gotten a little rough in the 3rd period.  One second into the period there was a fight between Lincoln Matt McGall and National Michael Woolley.  At 12:52, the 2nd fight of the game was between Lincoln Nathan Smith and National Matt MacPherson.

Nats goalie Connor Hughes picked up the win stopping 22 shots, where Lincolns goalie Tyler Beattie suffered the loss stopping 42 shots.


The Lincolns turned around on Sat. and travelled to Forest to take on Lambton Shores Predators.  The Predators beat up on the Lincolns 7-0.

The goalies of the game were scored by Ethan Sarfati, Brendan Trottier had 2, 1 on the power play, Brent Hammett, Franco Sproviero, which was short handed, Trevor Waller, and Nick Sproviero.

The 2nd period saw a fight where Lincoln Matt Trudel must have jumped Predator Nick Delyzer as Trudel received an instigator penalty.

Lincolns goalie Tyler Beattie took the loss again, with 37 of 44 saves.  Predators goalie was Anthony Hurtubise who earned the shut out.

Mathematically, the Lincolns are not eliminated from the play-offs yet.  They currently have 8 points with 10 games left, so there’s potential that they could end the season with 28 points, and the Predators have 27 right now.  If the Preds receive 2 more points, or the Lincolns lose another game, they will officially be eliminated from the play-offs.  The Preds have been playing good hockey lately, their record is deceiving, so I have no doubts that they will make the play-offs.  If they focus, they potentially could catch St. Thomas.

The Lincolns have had 21 straight losses on the season so far.  I’ve been told that the Lincolns worst GF season was in 1980-81 with 100.  They currently have 67 GF, so there’s a chance they’re going to set a new team record.


The other game on Sat. was Strathroy Rockets hosting Leamington Flyers.  This was a great game to watch.  The first place Flyers took the game with a 4-2 win.

The Rockets opened the scoring on the power play.  It was announced that it was scored by Stuart King, but I was sure it was Joey Seney, and I see on Pointstreak that it was.  Former Rocket Captain Tyler Duarte tied the game for the Flyers on the power play.

In the 2nd period, Chris Scott put the Flyers up 2-1.  King scored a quick goal to start the 3rd period and to tie the game at 2-2.  Eric Henderson scored on the power play for the Flyers to restore their lead and then Kyle Quick sealed it with an insurance goal to end the game 4-2.

There was a fight, but I wouldn’t call it that.  Rocket Matt Knight-Bedour vs. Flyer Zack Guilbeault.  It was more a wrestling match, no real punches thrown.

Ouellet suffered the loss, making 40 of 44 saves.  Michael Barrett picked up the win for the Flyers stopping 30 of 32 shots.


Sun. night, it was the battle for 2nd place with Chatham hosting Sarnia.  Chatham battled back from a 5-1 deficit to defeat the Legionnaires 7-6 in a shoot out.  Story from Chatham Daily News.

Maroons overtake Legionnaires for second place

By Mark Malone, Chatham Daily News


The second-place showdown looked like a beatdown for a while Sunday night.

The Sarnia Legionnaires scored four goals in the first period and another early in the second for an 5-1 lead over the Chatham Maroons.

However, the rest of the game belonged to the Maroons, who stormed back for a 7-6 shootout win before 1,0001 fans at Memorial Arena.

“We battled tonight and that was huge for our team,” said Brennan Feasey, who scored the only shootout goal. “We showed a lot of character in our room.”

Feasey also scored twice in regulation as the Maroons extended their winning streak to four games and their point streak to eight games (7-0-1).

They moved one point ahead of the Legionnaires for second place in the Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League’s Western Conference.

Feasey admitted this victory felt a bigger than some others.

“A win is still a win, but I think this one was a little bit sweeter,” he said. “Second place was on the line.”

Feasey slipped a shot between the pads of Legionnaires netminder Andrew Masters for the winning goal in the shootout’s third round.

The win not only lifted the Maroons ahead of the Legionnaires but also gave them a six-point cushion over the fourth-place LaSalle Vipers.

“As much as you don’t like to look at the standings, you’re looking at it every day,” Feasey said. “Who’s winning and who’s losing?”

New Maroons captain Steven Szekesy began the comeback with a short-handed goal midway through the second period.

“You can’t get down,” Szekesy said. “We came in the room (at the first intermission) and knew we had a crappy period. All the boys – the overage boys – were standing and said we had a lot more to offer.”

Jared Dennis and Gus Ford added power-play goals later in the second for a 5-4 score at the intermission.

The Maroons’ power play kept clicking in the third period with two more goals.

Alexander Morgan scored at 10:32 and Feasey followed 53 seconds later for the Maroons’ first lead.

Another goal by Feasey was waved off due to Ford’s penalty for goalie interference, allowing the Legionnaires to draw even at 6-6 when Cody Trowell banged in his own rebound at 14:54.

“It was tough to see that,” Feasey said about the tying goal, “but there’s a lot of character in that room and I believe we showed that tonight.”

Maroons goalie Jake Patterson made 31 saves. He allowed only one goal over the final 43½ minutes, improving his record to 7-3-1.

The Maroons outshot the Legionnaires 59-37, including 5-1 in overtime.

“We’ve been in games like this before, tight games,” Szekesy said. “You’ve just got to treat it like a playoff game. We were fighting for second tonight.”

Ryan Vendramin scored twice for the Legionnaires. Ryan Trottier scored on a penalty shot in the first period, and Tyler Longo and Riley Babkirk also tallied.

NOTES: Chatham was 5-for-7 and Sarnia was 3-for-8 on the power play. … Ford finished with three points. Szekesy and Morgan each had two. … Feasey is second in GOJHL scoring with 67 points. … The Maroons play Saturday in Strathroy and host the London Nationals next Sunday.


Here are your standings


xLeamington 38 30 7 1 61 .803 155 95 876 17-2-0 13-5-1
xChatham 37 24 11 2 50 .676 175 126 726 13-6-1 11-5-1
xSarnia 37 24 12 1 49 .662 166 139 695 15-4-0 9-8-1
xLaSalle 39 22 17 0 44 .564 162 136 887 13-7-0 9-10-0
xStrathroy 38 20 16 2 42 .553 152 129 718 13-6-1 7-10-1
xLondon 37 18 17 2 38 .514 126 110 673 11-5-1 7-12-1
xSt. Thomas 37 16 17 4 36 .486 121 127 547 10-8-1 6-9-3
Lambton Shores 39 12 24 3 27 .346 125 186 903 8-10-1 4-14-2
St. Marys 39 2 33 4 8 .103 67 205 680 2-16-2 0-17-2



Coming up this week

Monday, January 19

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

Wednesday, January 21

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

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

Thursday, January 22

Leamington Flyers vs. St. Thomas Stars – 7:10 Heniz Arena

Sarnia Legionnaires vs. London Nationals – 7:10 Sarnia Arena


The game on Monday is the rescheduled game between London and Sarnia from 2 weeks ago.  That should be a good game, as well as their rematch on Thursday.  Sarnia’s been playing very inconsistently lately, which has now cost them 2nd place.  I also think London and Leamington will be a good game.

Have a good week everybody and I’ll see you again on Wed. for another player profile.  This week will feature a St. Thomas Star.

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