Mid-West Recap for Feb. 5-10

It’s been a huge week in the Mid-West.  There hasn’t been much movement in the standings, but some big wins have taken place, so let’s get to it!

Thursday, February 5

Thursday night had a big game as Brantford 99er’s were hosting Brampton Bombers.  The 99er’s entered the game 3 points behind the Bombers and exited just 1 point back after picking up a 4-3 win.  Story from Brantford Expositor.

99ers score huge win


The Brantford 99ers defeated the Brampton Bombers 4-3 on Thursday night at the Wayne Gretzky Sports Centre in the team’s biggest game of the season.

Chasing the eighth-place Bombers (7-29-6) for the final playoff spot in the Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League’s Mid-Western Conference, the 99ers (9-32-1) are now just one point behind Brampton with seven games to play.

The win also allowed Brantford to set a franchise record for points (19) in a season.

Guy Polillo, Cole Cummings and Matthew Woods led the 99ers to the win with a goal and an assist each. Christian Polillo also scored.

David Storey got two assists with one each to Evan Bidenti and Ryon Pereira.

Nathan Mackinnon, an affiliated player with the junior C Simcoe Storm, came up huge in goal making 41 saves to earn the win.

Brantford is back in action Friday in Listowel against the Cyclones (17-23-1) at 7:30 p.m.


The other game on Thursday was Guelph Hurricanes hosting Listowel Cyclones.  Listowel defeated Guelph 4-0.  Story from Guelph Mercury.

Guelph Hurricanes shut out by Listowel Cyclones


GUELPH — The Guelph Hurricanes couldn’t solve goaltender Ryan Hergott of the Listowel Cyclones in Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League play Thursday night at the Sleeman Centre.

Hergott stopped all 32 shots he faced as Listowel blanked the Canes 4-0. It’s the third time the Canes have been shut out this season.

The game was the sixth and final one between the teams this season and the Canes might be glad for that. Listowel, seventh in the Midwestern Conference, won four of those games against fifth-placed Guelph.

Thursday, the Cyclones scored three times in the second period and closed out the scoring with a single goal in the third. They took 25 shots on the Guelph net guarded by Jeremie Lintner.

Listowel went 1-for-7 on the power play while the host Canes had three power plays.

Ben Shelley had two goals and an assist for Listowel while Blake Pickering and Ray McFalls added single goals.

The result leaves the Canes at 25-16-3 and Listowel at 18-23-1. Both have clinched playoff berths.

The Canes, who have five games to go in their regular season, will finish anywhere from third to sixth in the conference. They trail the fourth-place Stratford Cullitons by a single point, but Stratford has two games in hand.

The Canes are to play the eighth-place Brampton Bombers (7-29-6) at Brampton Friday. Game time is 7:30 p.m. The Bombers are a point ahead of the Brantford 99ers (9-32-1) in the race for the final playoff berth.


Friday, February 6

Brampton Bombers hosted Guelph Fri. night.  The Canes pounded the Bombers 10-0.  Story from Guelph Mercury.

Guelph Hurricanes pummel Brampton Bombers


BRAMPTON — Jason DaSilva stopped all 21 shots he faced as the Guelph Hurricanes dumped the Brampton Bombers 10-0 in Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League play Friday night at the Victoria Park Arena.

The shutout was DaSilva’s second of the season.

The Canes struck for four goals in the first period, one in the second and five more in the third. They also outshot the Bombers 45-21 and went 5-for-11 on their power play while Brampton had four power plays.

Matt Nightingale, Craig Martini and Dylan Sayle each scored twice for the Canes while single goals were netted by Stefano Pezzetta, Lawrence Pagnan, Brody Milne and Brooker Muir. Patrick Kudla had four assists while Milne and Pezzetta each had three. Cameron Stokes and Martini collected two apiece while Sayle, Alex Remedios, Muir, Giordano Finoro and Nightingale had one each.

The Canes are fifth in the Midwestern Conference at 26-16-3. They’re three points behind the third-place Waterloo Siskins, one behind the Stratford Cullitons and five ahead of the Cambridge Winter Hawks.

However, Waterloo has three games in hand on the Canes while Stratford has two. Guelph and Cambridge have played the same number of games.

The Canes have four games remaining in their regular season, all against teams they trail in the standings.

They’re to host the second-place Kitchener Dutchmen Feb. 14, play at Waterloo Feb. 15, play at Stratford Feb. 20 and host Waterloo Feb. 21.


Also on Friday, Listowel hosted Brantford.  The Cyclones pulled out a 3-1 victory.  Story from Brantford Expositor.

Brantford 99ers fall to Listowel Cyclones 2-1


The Brantford 99ers came up a goal short on Friday night, losing 2-1 to the Cyclones in Listowel.

Brantford is now 9-33-1 in Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League Mid-Western Conference action while Listowel is 19-23-1.

After Listowel’s Derek Elliot scored past Mathieu Kingsley at 12:12 of the first period, there was no more scoring until the third.

In that period, Zander Pryor and Nathan Ferris set up Brett Parsons for the game-tying goal at the three-minute mark. But the Cyclones didn’t let up as Elliot scored his second goal of the game at the midway point of the period.

Unofficially, Listowel outshot Brantford 39-27 although the visitors did hold a 10-8 advantage in the third period.

The 99ers are back in action on Thursday when they host the Kitchener Dutchmen at the Gretzky Centre at 7:30 pm. Brantford then plays in Listowel on Friday at 7:30 p.m.


The last game on Fri. was Stratford Cullitons hosting Cambridge Winter Hawks.  Stratford narrowly escaped with a 4-3 win to inch closer to 3rd place in the standings.  Story from Stratford Beacon Herald.

Sauder leads Cullitons to win

By Steve Rice, Stratford Beacon Herald


Good news, Stratford Cullitons’ fans.

Trevor Sauder’s still got it.

A quieter than usual start to the season might have made some wonder if this was the same Trevor Sauder who led the team in scoring last season and won a third straight award as the league’s top defensive player.

But Friday night at the Allman Arena, Sauder was at his vintage self, showing the speed and tenacity that has made him one of the most popular Cullitons players in their history and helping his team to an important 4-3 win over the Cambridge Winter Hawks.

Sauder’s speed produced three assists, including a classic in the second period as he left a Cambridge defenceman in the dust and saucered a perfect pass for Shane O’Brien to bury with a one-timer and a 3-1 Stratford lead.

“I think it’s starting to set in with not only me, but a lot of us 20-year-olds that junior hockey is coming to an end soon,” said Sauder. “We’re down to seven regular-season games left and there’s not many more Friday nights left.

“You start realizing that this is your last shot and enjoy it, and work hard, while you can.”

Sauder, the team’s captain, endured a 19-game goal-less drought that included an 11-game stretch where he managed only one point.

After Friday night’s performance he has seven points in four games.

“We’ve got so many guys who can put the puck in the net so whatever I’m able to do to help our team win, whether it’s playing in our own end trying to block shots, or getting a lucky bounce and trying to score a goal,” Sauder said.

“We’ve got a lot of talent up front this year.”

O’Brien’s goal was his team-leading 22nd of the season. Sauder also assisted on Mitch Brooks’ 20th goal of the season and 50th point with 6:10 remaining, just 80 seconds after the Winter Hawks had tied it 3-3.

His first assist came on rookie Hayden Broomhead’s 15th goal of the season, a bullet to the top of the net over Cambridge goalie Lucas Machalski’s glove.

Defenceman Joe Leahy opened the scoring for Stratford with his sixth of the year.

Alex Bottigoni scored two powerplay goals for Cambridge, which was 2-for-7 with the man advantage and had two extended 5-on-3s, including close to a minute late in the game.

“That’s the discipline we’ve been harping on all year,” said Cullitons’ interim head coach Tyler Canal. “You don’t want to be killing that many penalties and we had a lot of 5-on-3s. But at the end of the day we killed off the ones we needed to kill off, and sometimes killing off penalties can get momentum going the other way, too.”

The game was the first after to a tumultuous week which saw the team drop forward Mitch Vandergunst over convictions for sexual assault, and accept the resignation of coach and director of hockey operations Phil Westman for having kept his knowledge of those convictions from the board of directors.

Forward Ty Bilcke also left the team after those decisions were made on Thursday.

“Friday night being back at the rink kind of got us away from things — simply playing hockey and having fun,” said Sauder. “Once you got out there, everything kind of went away.”

Asked if the team would be able to refocus quickly with the playoffs approaching, Sauder admitted it would be “tough”.

“It depends. We’ve got a lot of good vets in there — Pleon, McArdle, Brooksy, Bakes — they’re great leaders that will help the young guys out and hopefully everything will all work out in the end.”

Canal said he felt the players were ready to get back out and play another game.

“This is their getaway, too, so it was good to see the guys come together, work hard and grind out a win that was close all the way through,” he said.

Nick Redman got his third straight start in net for the Cullitons and won his third straight to improve to 8-6-1. His 2.32 goals-against average is tops in the GOJHL’s Midwestern Conference, just ahead of Machalski’s 2.35 mark.

The Cullitons improved to 26-13-4 for 56 points to move within two points of the third-place Waterloo Siskins, who hold a game in hand. They also remained one point up on fifth-place Guelph, which has played two more games.

The Cullitons also clinched the season series with the Winter Hawks (3-1-1), with the teams scheduled to meet in Cambridge Saturday night.

Cambridge remained sixth with a 22-18-5 record.

Notes: Speaking on CJCS Radio prior to the puck drop, Cullitons’ president Dan Mathieson reiterated previous comments regarding the need to not forget the victim of the sexual assault. But he also asked fans to consider the Cullitons’ hockey players, and to “remember they’re young men and they need your support now more than ever.” … the Cullitons host Brantford on Family Day Mon., Feb. 16 at 2 p.m. The game has drawn such good crowds for Stratford since being introduced a few years back that there are now six GOJHL games that day … Cullitons improved to 17-3-1 at the Allman.


Saturday, February 7

The Cullitons and the Winter Hawks battled it out again on Sat., this time in Cambridge.  This time it was a 6-4 win for the Cullitons.  Story from Stratford Beacon Herald.

Cullitons close in on third

By Steve Rice, Stratford Beacon Herald


CAMBRIDGE – Mitch Brooks scored a goal and added three assists while Deven Kropf scored twice as the Stratford Cullitons defeated the Cambridge Winter Hawks for the second straight night Saturday, 6-4.

The Cullitons, who have won four in a row, improved to 27-13-4 for 58 points to move within one point of third-place Waterloo in the GOJHL Midwestern Conference.

The Siskins, who lost 4-3 in overtime at Elmira Saturday night, are 27-11-5 for 57 points and hold one game in hand.

Brooks, who has seven points in the last three games, moved into a share of the team scoring lead with Shane O’Brien, each with 54 points. Brooks has 21 goals and 33 assists while O’Brien, who had a goal Saturday to extend his consecutive points streak to seven games, has 23 goals and 31 assists.

Kropf, who had a powerplay goal in the second period and an empty-netter in the final minute, has seven points in the last four games.

Defenceman Joe Leahy added a goal and assist. Leahy has scored a goal in three straight games and has six points in that stretch.

Tyson Baker added a goal and assist for Stratford and Jared Nash had a pair of assists.

Zach Magwood, Jordan Chard, Kalob Witzell and Alex Hulford scored for the Winter Hawks.

Nick Caldwell made 29 saves for the win, including a big stop early in the third while the Cullitons were short two men and hanging on to a 5-4 lead.

Lucas Machalski, who made 28 saves, suffered back-to-back losses for only the second time this season and fell to 1-4 against the Cullitons.

The game saw 62 minutes in penalties split between the teams, with Stratford 2-for-5 on the powerplay and Cambridge 2-for-7.

The Cullitons play three games in four days next weekend, starting with a home game against Waterloo Friday night. They travel to Listowel Sunday afternoon, then play host to Brantford on Family Day Monday, Feb. 16 at 2 p.m.


Also on Sat., it was a battle in Elmira as the Sugar Kings took on Waterloo Siskins.  The Kings took the game 4-3 in OT.  Story from Pointstreak.

Waterloo falls to Elmira in overtime, 4-3 (OT)

The Elmira Sugar Kings’ Mitch Klie scored 3:11 into overtime to beat the Waterloo Siskins, 4-3 (OT).

Elmira’s penalty kill excelled, as the Sugar Kings gave up one goal despite allowing seven power plays.

Referees had their hands full with a major incident at 4:41 into the second period. Four fighting penalties were dished out along with two game misconducts.

Elmira was often in penalty trouble, totaling six minors and one major for 27 minutes in penalty time. Elmira’s offense rang up 38 shots on Waterloo’s net.

The Sugar Kings were led by Ethan Skinner, who registered three goals.

Elmira was unable to stop the Siskins from sending pucks towards the net, and Waterloo eventually piled up 31 shots on goal.

The Siskins were helped by Gary Mantz, who grabbed one goal. Mantz scored on the power play 1:35 into the second period to make the score 1-0 Waterloo. A roughing penalty on Cash Seraphim had put Waterloo on the power play.  Waterloo also got points from Michael Romund, who also tallied one goal and one assist to lead the team in points. Waterloo also got a goal from Nick Hirst.

Jonathan Reinhart rejected 28 shots on goal for the Sugar Kings. Elmira registered one goal on three power play opportunities. The Sugar Kings ran into serious disciplinary problems during the contest, and Alex Mutton was ejected from the game.

Evgeny Kiselev recorded 34 saves for the Siskins. Waterloo ended with 19 minutes in penalty time with seven minors and one major. For the Siskins, Matt Romund was ejected from the game.


Sunday, February 8

On Sun., Kitchener Dutchmen hosted Brampton.  The Dutchmen picked up 2 always needed points as they downed the Bombers 6-2.  Story from Pointstreak.

Kitchener beats Brampton 6-2 as Delaurier gets hat trick

Jordan Delaurier lifted the Kitchener Dutchmen to a 6-2 victory with a hat trick against the Brampton Bombers.

Delaurier’s first goal came 8:33 into the second period. He then added goals at 7:06 into the third and at 19:47 into the third.

Kitchener’s penalty kill excelled, as the Dutchmen gave up zero goals despite allowing seven power plays.

Kitchener stifled Brampton’s power play, and did not give up a single goal while down a man. The Dutchmen forced the Bombers goalie Jake Lawr to work between the pipes, taking 45 shots. Kitchener could not stay out of the penalty box, as the team accrued 24 minutes in penalties during the game.

Kitchener also got points from Mitchell Smith, who also racked up one goal and three assists and Keegan Calder, who also grabbed one goal and one assist. Nathan Grossi also scored for Kitchener.

Brampton kept the Dutchmen’s goalie busy throughout the game, and Jackson McIntosh made 33 saves on 35 shots. The Bombers could not stay out of the penalty box, as the team accrued 26 minutes in penalties during the game.

Kitchener registered three goals on seven power play opportunities. Jake Lawr made 39 saves for Brampton on 45 shots.


Also on Sun., the Sugar Kings and Siskins turned around and battled it out again.  The Siskins were the victors this time with a 4-3 shootout win.  Story from Pointstreak.

Waterloo vanquishes Elmira in shootout, 4-3 (2-1 SO)

Three periods of regulation and an overtime session were not enough to settle matters as the Waterloo Siskins defeated the Elmira Sugar Kings in a shootout 4-3 (2-1 SO).

The two teams needed eight turns to complete the shootout. Elmira’s shootout goal was scored by Sam Harris. Waterloo’s other shootout goal was scored by Gary Mantz.

The Siskins saw a two-goal lead disappear, but was able to secure the win in a shootout. Waterloo made the score 3-1 on a short handed goal by Danny Hanlon at 14:38 in the third period. The Sugar Kings evened things up at 3-3 on a short handed goal by Mitch Wright at 19:46 in the third period.

Waterloo also had goals scored by Mantz and Kyle Betts

Elmira was helped by Brendan Schneider, who finished with one goal. Schneider scored 2:41 into the first period to make the score 1-1. Adam Brubacher also scored for Elmira.

Evgeny Kiselev recorded 20 saves for the Siskins.

Waterloo totaled 15 minutes in penalty time with five minors and one major and went 0-for-2 on the power play. For the Siskins, Luke Gazzola was ejected from the game.

Jonathan Reinhart made 21 saves for the Sugar Kings on 24 shots.

Elmira totaled 13 minutes in penalty time with four minors and one major and went 1-for-3 on the power play. The Sugar Kings ran into serious disciplinary problems during the contest, and Connor Hall was ejected from the game.


Tuesday, February 10

On Tues., it was a battle for first place as Kitchener hosted Elmira.  The teams were separated by just 2 points.  Elmira picked up a 2-1 shoot out win.  Story from Waterloo Record.

Sugar Kings notch comeback win over Dutchmen

By Christine Rivet


KITCHENER — Heavyweight tilts, nail-biting finishes, renewed rivalries and friendships put to the test.

It’s all here in the Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League.

On Tuesday night, the Kitchener Dutchmen met the Elmira Sugar Kings to stake a claim for first place in this Jr. B Mid-Western Conference.

The Kings needed a shootout to prevail in a 2-1 thriller before a packed-house at the Kinsmen Arena.

Elmira now sits three points up on Kitchener which has five games remaining in its regular season. And so the Kings’ reign just might just be temporary.

No matter. Elmira will savour it for as long as it lasts.

Brendan Schneider scored the winner in the shootout to send the ample Elmira crowd up the expressway with a smile.

Earlier, Dutchmen forward Wyatt Trainer cracked a scoreless goose egg late in the second period on a clever power-play feed from Mitchell Smith.

Elmira defender Mac Clutsam knotted things midway through the third period during a delayed penalty.

Kitchener entered the match with an impressive 19-4 record on home ice this season, and so the Kings weren’t about to take anything for granted.

“(Tuesday’s result) is important but it’s not the end of the world. We still have them in our barn,” said Kings GM and director of hockey operations Keith Stewart.

“We are a long way from deciding who will be in first or second place. There is still a couple weeks left in the schedule.

“It’s going to come right down to the last weekend.”

Of course it will.

As rivalries go, Elmira-Kitchener is as fierce as it gets.

In their previous four meetings this season, all but one, a 5-3 Elmira victory on home ice on Jan. 18, was decided by one goal.

The free-wheeling Kings, now 3-2 against the Dutchies this season, seemed quite at home on the wide-open expanses of the Olympic-sized Kinsmen.

Admittedly, they prefer the smaller confines of their own Dan Snyder arena.

Current Dutchies assistant coach Cory McRae had to dig into his pockets following the barnburner.

Loser buys the beer.

On Tuesday, McRae, head coach of the rival Cambridge Winterhawks last season, squared off against his former coaching partner in Cambridge.

After 16 seasons away, to briefly coach the OHL’s Kitchener Rangers before a lengthy stint with Canada’s sledge hockey team and then in Cambridge, Jeff Snyder returned to the Kings as an assistant on Jeff Flanagan’s staff this season.

McRae and Snyder exchanged smiles from opposite benches Tuesday night.

“I texted Snyder (Tuesday) and wished him luck,” McRae said before the game. “It’s tough when you coach against your friends. And Jeff is a quality guy.

“We tried to connect last time after the game. We won and Jeff took off.”

Snyder said the Kings will sprint to the finish line.

“First place means a lot to us. Home-ice advantage (through the playoffs) is important. We’ve got great hometown support, and that will certainly help us.”

On Tuesday, the crowd was treated to a spectacular goaltending duel. Jackson McIntosh made 40 saves in the Dutchie cage, while Jonathan Reinhart braved 37 shots to post the win for the Kings.


Here are your standings

Elmira 44 33 7 4 70 .795 192 117 966 18-3-1 15-4-3
Kitchener 44 32 9 3 67 .761 186 144 879 19-4-1 13-5-2
Waterloo 44 28 11 5 61 .693 190 130 754 15-5-1 13-6-4
Stratford 44 27 13 4 58 .659 184 125 993 17-3-1 10-10-3
Guelph 45 26 16 3 55 .611 173 144 992 14-7-1 12-9-2
Cambridge 46 22 19 5 49 .533 140 139 1003 14-9-0 8-10-5
Listowel 43 19 23 1 39 .453 117 132 494 11-10-1 8-13-0
Brampton 44 7 31 6 20 .227 113 230 1025 4-14-4 3-17-2
Brantford 43 9 33 1 19 .221 122 231 1105 6-16-1 3-17-0



Things are heating up!  Kitchener could still catch Elmira and take first place again.  Technically, Waterloo is in that hunt too, but I don’t think they’ll catch up with the Kings or the Dutchies.

Stratford can’t catch first place, but I think their sights are set on 3rd anyways.

Guelph has a shot at catching Stratford and Waterloo.

Cambridge is in 6th place and won’t go any higher.  And they can rest knowing that Listowel can’t catch them.  Same as Listowel knows that Brampton and Brantford can’t catch them either.

As will everyone else, I’ll be watching the ‘Battle of the Bottom Feeders’.  I’m pulling for Brantford to muster up another win in their next 6 tries and to make the play-offs.


Coming up

Thursday, February 12

Brantford 99er’s vs. Kitchener Dutchmen – 7:30 Gretzkys Sport Centre

Friday, February 13

Brampton Bombers vs. Elmira Sugar Kings – 7:30 Victoria Park

Listowel Cyclones vs. Brantford 99er’s – 7:30 Listowel Memorial

Stratford Cullitons vs. Waterloo Siskins – 7:30 Allman Arena

Saturday, February 14

Cambridge Winter Hawks vs. Brampton Bombers – 7:00 Galt Arena

Guelph Hurricanes vs. Kitchener Dutchmen – 7:30 Sleeman Centre

Sunday, February 15

Listowel Cyclones vs. Stratford Cullitons – 1:30 Listowel Memorial

Waterloo Siskins vs. Guelph Hurricanes – 1:30 Waterloo Memorial

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

Monday, February 16

Waterloo Siskins vs. Cambridge Winter Hawks – 1:30 Waterloo Memorial

Elmira Sugar Kings vs. Listowel Cyclones – 2:00 Dan Snyder Arena

Stratford Cullitons vs. Brantford 99er’s – 2:00 Allman Arena

Tuesday, February 17

Kitchener Dutchmen vs. Brampton Bombers – 7:00 Kitchener Auditorium


That’s a lot of games this week, so you have lots of options to get to one, or more.  I’ve been feeling rather sick this week with a cold, and I’m hoping it’s not more than that, but I’m hoping to make it to some games this weekend.

My boys play on Fri., but I may skip it and head to the Allman to catch the battle for 3rd.  I feel that Waterloo and Stratford are pretty even teams and that should be a good game.

Sat., I gotta go back to my own Conference because it’s the Habs vs. Leafs in Montreal, oops, I mean it’s Strathroy vs. London at the WMMA, so I gotta be there for that.  For the record, this happens at least once a season that when the Habs and Leafs play, the Rockets and Nationals have a game.

Sun., I’m considering making it a 2-fer.  I’m thinking of heading to Waterloo in the afternoon to catch the Siskins and Guelph and then head up to Elmira afterwards for the battle for 1st.

Mon., since it’s a holiday, I have a choice of 4 games I could go to.  I could stay in my own conference, as London is playing St. Thomas Mon. afternoon, or I could head to the Mid-West.

As I say, you never know what arena RG will show up at.

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 Comment

  1. muffman

    February 12, 2015 at 11:20 am

    So hopefully I will see you Sunday in Waterloo or in Elmira at night.

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