NATIONALS AND MAROONS PLAY RARE PENALTY-FREE CONTEST

Nationals and Maroons Play Penalty-Free Contest – by C. Scott Holland

It was another one for the history books as the London Nationals tangled with the Chatham Maroons in a contest at Chatham’s Memorial arena on Sunday night. The 7-2 result in London’s favour was as stunning as another facet of the game.

When the final buzzer sounded the two Junior B teams had skated for 60 minutes without referees Brad Potter or Kyle Vermast calling a single penalty!

This is the second GOJHL penalty-free contest this season, and the second in the West, to have that notoriety.

The last penalty-free contest occurred on October 13 when the Strathroy Rockets and Sarnia Legionnaires clashed without taking any penalties.

Prior to that, the Maroons and Leamington Flyers engaged in a sin-free game on February 18, 2010 at Leamington.

Two other penalty-free matches took place in the former Western Jr. B Hockey League: Sarnia and St. Thomas played one on November 30, 2003 and London and Leamington made history with the first known match of this type back on February 3, 1994.

The Maroons actually led the game 2-1 after one frame before the Nationals rallied to notch two goals and assume a 3-2 lead heading into the final stanza. It was the third period which doomed the Maroons. London popped four unanswered goals, two of which came from the stick of Austin Kemp, to win 7-2 and move into a second-place tie with St. Thomas.

C. Scott Holland is an accomplished author, a former Western Jr. B Hockey League statistician and is recognized as the West Conference’s and GOJHL’s historian. A lifelong resident of Leamington Scott was a journalist for the now defunct Leamington Post for 26 years and currently writes for the Southpoint Sun. Among the books he has authored are: 75 Years: A History of the Leamington and Erie Shores Golf Course; A Century In The Making – History of Heinz Canada 1909-2009; Leamington Flyers 1992/93-2011/12 Platinum Anniversary Special Program; the Western Jr. B Record Book 2003/04 and 2005/06 editions; as well as updates of both the West Conference and GOJHL Record Books. He was been a member of he Leamington Jr. Flyers hockey club for the last 27 years and served many years as a board member, statistician, press box announcer, and scorekeeper among other duties. He has been named the West Conference Volunteer of Year and a Windsor-Essex Sportsperson of Year award. He resides in Leamington with his wife Susan.
He can be contacted at cttocsh1@yahoo.com

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