Weekend Recap for Feb. 6-8

Good morning hockey fans.  I hope you’ve all had a good weekend.

This weekend saw St. Thomas Stars hosting LaSalle Vipers Friday night.  The Vipers beat up on the Stars 7-3.  Story from www.lasallevipers.com

Vipers get back on track with big win over Stars

The LaSalle Vipers got right back to their winning ways with a 7-3 win over the St. Thomas Stars at the Timken Centre Friday night.

The Vipers, who had won 13 of 15 before falling to the Chatham Maroons Wednesday night, rode their power play to the win, scoring three times with the man-advantage.

Korey Morgan’s team-leading 30th goal of the season late in the first period to even the score, kicking off four straight goals for the visitors.

Brett Primeau, Brendan Harrogate and Nathan Savage all scored in a span of just over five minutes to give the Vipers a lead they would not relinquish.

Manny Silverio, Dalton Langlois and Savage, into an empty net, found the scoresheet in the third.

Paolo Battisti, making his first start in two weeks, stopped 29 shots for the win. Branden Polasek stopped 26 in a losing cause.

Morgan had a goal and three assists, Chris Pignanelli had a trio of helpers, while Daniel Beaudoin and Primeau also had multi-point efforts.

The Stars are in Lambton Shores Saturday night to face the Predators, while the Vipers are off until hosting St. Thomas Wednesday night.


On Sat., Sarnia Legionnaires hosted Leamington Flyers.  The Flyers were without both their goalies, as they were both suspended for 2 games from Thurs. night’s game, and had to call up 2 minor midget goalies to replace them.  The Legionnaires earned the 2 points in a 7-4 win.  Story from SarniaSports.com.

Legionnaires Shoot Down Flyers

By Dan McCaffery


The Sarnia Legionnaires picked up a big win Saturday, dumping the first place Leamington Flyers 7-4.

“The boys really played well,” head coach Dan Rose said afterward. “Our defensive game created a lot of opportunities.”

The victory improved Sarnia’s record to 29-14-1. That leaves them in third place in the Western Jr. ‘B’ hockey standings, one point behind the second ranked Chatham Maroons.

The Maroons have two games in hand on the Legion crew.

“We’re going to have to win all our remaining games to get second,” Rose said.

In fact, even that won’t be enough unless Chatham suffers a few setbacks during the final two weeks of the regular season.

Rose said his team is aware that it will need some help from other teams to get second. “We know that, but we’ve got a shot.”

Leamington showed up at the Brock Street barn without either of its regular goalies in tow. Both were sitting out the first of two-game suspensions.

That left midget call-up Tyler Wall to face a 40-shot barrage from the Legionnaires, including many of the quality variety.

Brandon Layman opened the scoring on a first period breakaway, much to the delight of a crowd of more than 1,100 fans. Assists went to Ryan Vendramin and Jordan Fogarty.

In the middle frame, Kyle Perkowski scored on a breakaway of his own to tie the score at 1-1.

But the Flyers had barely finished celebrating when Jay Clarke found the back of the net with a sharp angle shot. Clarke’s marker, his eighth of the season, came just 27 seconds after Perkowski’s tally. Helpers on the play went to Captain Nathan Mater and Jake O’Donnell.

Riley Babkirk made it 3-1 after being set up by Cody Trowell. However, the goal was initially credited to teammate Cameron Clarke.

Not long after that, Jordan Fogarty scored an unassisted marker to give Sarnia a three-goal bulge.

But Kyle Quick scored twice in a row for Leamington (one late in the second period and one early in the third) to narrow the gap to 4-3.

Just when it looked as if there might be a nail-biter of a finish, Sarnia’s Hunter Tyczynski sent a laser beam into the cage to make it 5-3. Jay Clarke and Bob King earned assists on the play.

Babkirk put the game away with a power-play marker before the third period was half over.

“Kyler Keating took a shot from the point and it bounced right to me,” said Babkirk, who dented the twine while standing in the faceoff circle.

Just to be sure there would be no comeback, Vendramin deflected home a point shot from Jake O’Donnell.

Tyler Duarte had the other Flyers tally.

Goalie Andrew Masters made 30 saves to pick up the win.

Wall, who faced 40 shots, suffered the loss.

However, the young goalie could hardly be blamed for the outcome.

Sarnia had many great scoring chances and, as related above, one of its goals came on a breakaway while another was the result of a deflection.

The Legionnaires are back in action Wednesday when they travel to London to face the Nationals.

Their next home game is next Thursday against St. Marys.


Also on Sat., Lambton Shores Predators hosted St. Thomas.  St. Thomas defeated the Preds 5-4 in a shoot out.  Story from www.stthomasstars.com


Article by: Andrew Buttigieg

If you ever wanted to know what a roller coaster of a weekend looked like … Look no further than the St. Thomas Stars’ past two games.

The boys came out strong in their game against the Lasalle Vipers on Friday night. They even scored the first goal of the game. However, a lackluster, undisciplined second period from the Stars allowed Lasalle to score 3 goals as they led 4-2 heading into the 3rd period. Manny Silvero’s goal – roughly 8:00 into the 3rd period – was the dagger in the coffin as they pulled out of St. Thomas with a 7-3 win.

On Saturday, the Stars were back in action … This time in Forest against the Lambton Shores Predators.

It was a very unimpressive first period for the Stars as Lambton Shores notched a powerplay goal from Brendan Trottier and an even strength goal late in the period from Sean Ross to lead 2-0.

Just about 5 minutes into the 2nd period, the Stars still seemed a bit flat footed and the Predators had no trouble capitalizing on that as they quickly stretched their lead to 3-0 with a goal from Sean Ross (2).

Then cue the comeback … Maybe …

At 9:22 of the 2nd period, Matt McJannet tipped home a Blair Mincer point shot to make it 3-1 and a couple minutes later Spencer Hutchinson snuck one by Anthony Hurtubise to make it 3-2.

Just when the Stars thought they had all the momentum, a bench minor for too many men on the ice was called against the Stars as Truax and Valentini got mixed up at the Stars bench. Lambton Shores took full advantage of that mistake taking a 4-2 lead, courtesy of Ethan Sarfati.

That’s the way the score stayed heading into the 3rd period.

Now you can cue the comeback … For REAL this time …

Blair Mincer got things going in the 3rd period with assists going to Dane Johnstone and Ryan Valentini. 4-3. Things stayed that way for much of the period and the Stars kept pouring on the pressure, but could not find an answer to beat the Predators goalie.

The Stars finally caught a break as the Predators took two penaltes late in the game to allow for a 2-man advantage. It was Carson Moniz – with about 3:00 remaining in the 3rd period – that received a pass from goalie Dan Black, rushed up ice and took a shot from the half-wall that beat Hurtubise five hole and tied the game 4-4.

All sunshine and roses for the Stars, right?!? Wrong! Two penalites late in the game by the Stars led to a 2-man advantage for the Predators. The Stars had their best PK of the game and managed to kill off the 5 on 3 late in the 3rd and early in the overtime to help force a shootout.

Both teams were unsuccessful in the first two rounds of the shootout until Jordan Babb scored in the final round and Dan Black stopped the final Predators attempt as the Stars won 5-4.

Comeback complete.

That was the Stars whopping ninth shootout of the season and that improves their record to 6-3 in shootout competition this season.

The Stars now move back into a tie for 6th place with the London Nationals, just three points back of the Strathroy Rockets.

The boys will be in action again this coming Wednesday as they look to get some revenge on the Lasalle Vipers at the Vollmer Complex. Hear the game on 94.1 myFM or www.stthomastoday.ca.


The last game on Sat. was Strathroy Rockets hosting St. Marys Lincolns in their annual Wall of Fame Game.  Prior to the start of the game, the Rockets organization honoured long-time volunteer Trudy Mackey, past president, current videographer, and my fellow blog administration David Honsberger, and the 3 Brekelmans brothers, Corey, Chris & Curtis, who played for the Rockets from 1996-2006.  The Rockets went on to defeat the Lincolns 3-1.   Story from Pointstreak.

Strathroy boosted by Gubbels’ play in net, beats St. Marys 3-1

Dane Gubbels stood on his head and made 27 saves to lead the Strathroy Rockets to a 3-1 victory over the St. Marys Lincolns.

St. Marys’ power play was ineffective against Strathroy’s penalty kill, which allowed zero goals while shorthanded.

The Rockets were led by Nick Griffin, who grabbed one goal. Griffin scored 3:13 into the third period to make the score 2-1 Strathroy.

Strathroy excelled on the penalty kill, not giving up a single goal in six chances. The Lincolns were unable to stop the Rockets from sending pucks towards the net, and Strathroy eventually piled up 47 shots on goal. The Rockets could not stay out of the penalty box, as the team accrued 34 minutes in penalties during the game.

Strathroy also had goals scored by Eddie Schulz and Dan Chapman, who each put in one.

St. Marys was led by Evan Krassey, who scored the team’s only goal. Krassey scored 16:54 into the second period to make the score 1-0 St. Marys.

Strathroy registered one goal on three power play opportunities.

Tyler Beattie made 44 saves for the Lincolns on 47 shots. St. Marys incurred eight minutes in penalty time with four minors.


The last game of the weekend was Chatham Maroons hosting Strathroy.  The Maroons won their 10th straight with a 5-2 victory.  Story from Chatham Daily News.

Maroons’ winning streak hits 10 games

By Mark Malone, Chatham Daily News


Jared Dennis barely kept his streak alive Sunday night.

The Chatham Maroons’ streak was in far less jeopardy.

The Maroons jumped out to an early 2-0 lead and beat the Strathroy Rockets 5-2 for their 10th consecutive win in front of 750 fans at Memorial Arena.

Dennis potted the final goal on a power play with 41 seconds left in the third period, extending his goal streak to nine straight games.

He wasn’t thinking about the potential demise of his own streak for most of the night.

“Not during the game,” he said. “More toward the end of the game. I was just trying to get the win, which is more important than points. … I didn’t want to take any risks to allow them back into the game because we’ve lost to them in overtime before at home.”

Trevor Richardson, Michael Levesque, Brennan Feasey and Alexander Morgan also scored for the Maroons.

Dennis ran his point streak to 10 games with the late goal. He has 16 points during the streak.

“I’ve been trying to pick it up at the end of the season going into playoffs, so I’ve been really working on my speed and my stick-handling, and it’s really helping,” he said.

Maroons goalie Jake Patterson made 48 saves. He’s won five straight decisions, but this was his first game since Jan. 18.

“My hip was bugging me a little bit the last couple weeks, so I took a couple games off,” Patterson said. “But I’ve been back practising for the last week, week-and-a-half, so I wasn’t rusty out there.”

He didn’t mind the heavy workload.

“I like it, especially when our ‘D’ and forwards are playing well like that and keeping the shots to the outside,” Patterson said.

Richardson opened the scoring at 2:37 of the first period and Levesque followed at 10:03 for the 2-0 lead.

Joey Seney scored for the Rockets early in the second, but Feasey replied just over three minutes later.

Feasey had a two-point night to tie Christian Mroczkowski of the Waterloo Siskins for the Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League scoring lead with 79 points.

The Rockets cut their deficit to one again on Stuart King’s power-play goal.

Morgan answered with a short-handed tally for a 4-2 lead going into the third.

The Maroons fired 48 shots at Strathroy netminder Mat Ouellet, while Patterson faced 50 from the Rockets.

“There weren’t too many Grade-A scoring opportunities,” Patterson said. “There were four or five at the most. There were 50 shots, but it’s pretty good to keep it to four or five quality chances.”

He didn’t like being injured and watching from the bench while his teammates put together the Maroons’ longest winning streak of the season.

“It sucks, but you just have to be at the rink and motivate the guys,” Patterson said. “You’re still part of the team. Fortunately for me, it was only two weeks. It could have been worse.”

The Maroons are in second place in the Western Conference with 62 points, 10 behind the Leamington Flyers. The teams will face off Thursday in Leamington.

NOTES: Ian Faubert and Levi Tetrault each had two assists. … Morgan also had two points. … Chatham was 1-for-4 and Strathroy was 1-for-5 on the power play. … The Maroons visit Lambton Shores on Saturday and host LaSalle on Sunday.


Here are the standings


Leamington 45 35 8 2 72 .800 189 116 1060 21-2-0 14-6-2
Chatham 43 30 11 2 62 .721 215 139 794 16-6-1 14-5-1
Sarnia 44 29 14 1 59 .670 201 165 812 18-5-0 11-9-1
LaSalle 45 27 18 0 54 .600 193 155 948 15-8-0 12-10-0
Strathroy 45 22 21 2 46 .511 165 148 856 14-8-1 8-13-1
London 44 20 21 3 43 .489 144 141 809 13-6-2 7-15-1
St. Thomas 44 19 20 5 43 .489 141 153 630 11-10-1 8-10-4
Lambton Shores 45 13 28 4 30 .333 145 223 1071 9-11-2 4-17-2
St. Marys 44 2 38 4 8 .091 75 232 713 2-18-2 0-20-2



Coming up this week

Wednesday, February 11

LaSalle Vipers vs. St. Thomas Stars – 7:00 Vollmer Rec Centre

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

Thursday, February 12

Leamington Flyers vs. Chatham Maroons – 7:10 Heinz Arena

Sarnia Legionnaires vs. St. Marys Lincolns – 7:10 Sarnia Arena


The game to watch is Leamington and Chatham on Thursday.  The most points that Chatham can get at this point is 74, but if Leamington gets another win and ends with 74, due to the tie breakers, I think the Flyers would have first place.  So Leamington is looking to get at least 75 points and then it won’t come down to tie breakers.  Those 2 points the Maroons lost to Leamington at the start of the season are starting to look rather important now, aren’t they?

If I don’t go to the game, I’ll be paying attention to London and Sarnia on Wednesday because the Nats are on the door step of my boys, although maybe dropping a spot or 2 would be better than playing LaSalle in the first round.

That’s what this time of year is all about.  Watching the score board.

Have a good week everyone and I’ll see you again on Wed. for another player profile, this one from Leamington.

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