On Saturday, November 11 at the WMMC the London Nationals skated into town looking for a little revenge for their embarrassing loss to the Rockets on Wednesday.  They found it with a hard-fought 5-0 shutout.  The Nats wasted little time taking the lead when Brenden Trottier opened the scoring just 6 seconds into the game.  The quick goal set a new London franchise record for fastest goal to open a game and helped move them temporarily into second place past the St. Thomas Stars.  The previous mark of 7 seconds was set by Tyler Bryden against the Rockets on January 21, 2011. By the 6-minute mark the Nationals had opened up a 3-0 lead on goals by Josh Coyle and Cohen Kiteley.

Rocket head coach Mike Bondy called a timeout to settle his troops.  The ploy worked as the Rockets matched the Nationals stride for stride over the next 33 minutes.  The game intensified with spectacular open-ice hits as both clubs looked for the next goal.  It came with 45 seconds remaining in the second period when call-up Brock Trichilo from the Lambeth Lancers tallied his first GOJHL goal.  Matthew Shuckett tipped a James Turner shot past Zack Weir at 8:29 of the third period to complete the scoring.

David Ovsjannikov earned the 30-shot shutout.  Weir faced 38 London drives.  Both clubs were unsuccessful on the powerplay.  The Rockets had 4 chances while the GOJHL’s top powerplay were unsuccessful in 3 chances.  The Rockets were still without their injured captain Greg Marks who has missed the past 8 games.  Spencer Allen was the well-deserved winner of the Poag Jeweler’s Player of the Month for October.

The Rockets will finish the November portion of their schedule with a key match against the St. Marys Lincolns at the WMMC on Saturday, November 18 before a short trip to Komoka on Friday, November 24 to play the Kings.  The Rockets will host the St. Thomas Stars the following night at the WMMC.

(photo credit – Colleen Weindels Photography – Rockets facebook)

David Honsberger

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