GOJHL Preview Oct. 2-4

Welcome back hockey fans!  It’s the weekend, which means a lot of games, so gets get to it.

Friday, October 2

Cambridge vs. Listowel, 7:30 Listowel Arena

Cambridge has been idle this week.  Last weekend, the Winter Hawks travelled to Brampton where they won 6-2.  Cambridge built up a 4-0 lead with goals from Jake Bears, Alex Mutton, Kyle Heitzner and Beau Goehrum.  In the third, Zack Hedley and Rob Grant added two more for a 6-2 final.  On Sat., they hosted Stratford, losing 4-1.  The lone Cambridge goal came from Scott Del Zotto.

Listowel has also been idle this week.  Last Fri., they hosted Waterloo in a 6-1 win.  Scoring the Cyclones goals were Brady Anderson (2), Garrett James, Jakob Lee, Jordan Caskenette, and Holdyn Lansink.  On Sun., they were pushed to overtime against Brampton, where they left Victoria Park with a 5-4 OT win.  Jamie Huber scored twice in the first period for a 2-1 Cyclones lead.  In the second period, they took a 3-1 lead with a goal from Max Coyle.  In the third, Huber completed his hattrick before the Bombers tied it up.  Chayse Herrfort was the OT hero when he ended it 1 second into the extra frame.

Brampton vs. Stratford, 7:30 Allman Arena

Brampton had a tough weekend, picking up 1 of a possible 4 points.  They had a pair of home games, hosting Cambridge Fri., losing 6-2, and Listowel Sun., losing 5-4 in overtime.  Scoring for the Bombers on Fri. was Mitch Shennette and Ramon Lopez.  Sun., they battled back against Listowel to lose 1 second into overtime.  Goals were from Mike Rehding, Nick Kiriakos, Cameron Cruickshank and Shennette.

Stratford travelled to Brantford Thurs. night where they skated to a 3-3 tie.  The Cullitons made it a 3-0 game in the first period with goals from Jack Scanlan, cooper Stahl and Zach Van Louwe.  Brantford would come back in the second and third periods and neither team could capitalize on their chances and would end in a tie.

LaSalle vs. St. Thomas, 7:30 Timken Centre

LaSalle travelled to London on Wed. to take on the Nationals.  It was close right to the end, but the Vipers couldn’t come up with the equalizer, falling 3-2.  Vipers goals were scored by Nolan Gardiner and Eric Kirby.

Last Fri., the Stars hosted Chatham in a close game, but lost 5-4 in overtime.  In the first period, the Stars had a 2-1 lead with goals from Jesse Anderson and Adam Keyes.  After Chatham tied the game in the second, Spencer Hutchinson restored his team’s lead.  The Maroons again tied the game late in the period.  In the third period, Keyes would score his second of the night to give the Stars the 4-3 lead.  Chatham would tie the game again and send it to OT where they would win the game 5-4.

Sarnia vs. St. Marys, 7:30 Pyramid Rec Centre

Sarnia hosted Lambton Shores Thurs. night, taking the game 4-2.  Captain Hunter Tyczynski got the game started with an unassisted goal at 9:12 into the game.  In the second period, Brandon Layman would give the Legionnaires a 2-1 lead.  After the Predators tied the game again in the third period, Jacob Stos would score the eventual game winner, and Layman would add the insurance goal.

St. Marys split last weekend.  On Fri., it was a close game for the young Lincolns, losing 2-1.  Scoring their lone goal was Matt Granger.  Sat. night, they travelled to Forest to take on Lambton Shores.  It looks like it was a wild first period as the game was tied 3-3 at the end of the period.  Scoring for St. Marys was Graham Brulotte, Mike Tuffin and Brent House.  The game would stay tied until 5:03 left in the game when House would score his second of the night, and the game winner.

Saturday, October 3

Kitchener vs. Cambridge, 7:00 Galt Arena Gardens

Kitchener hosted Guelph on Tues., defeating the Hurricanes 6-0.  The teams were scoreless until close to 4 minutes remaining in the second period.  Matthew Cruickshank opened the scoring and in the third period, the Dutchmen exploded for 5 more goals from Connor Cole (2), Zachary Masterson, Adam Kawalec, and Austin Gaboury.  Earning the shutout in net was Luke Richard turning aside all 20 shots faced.

Leading the way for Cambridge is Kyle Heitzner with 4 points and 20 PIM’s.  Scott Patton spent the most time between the pipes, at 220 minutes.  His record is 1-2, GAA of 4.36 and 0.885 save percentage.  Owen Savory has 140 minutes playing time and a 1-1 recrod.  His GAA is 2.14 and a save percentage of 0.931.

Elmira vs. Guelph, 7:30 Sleeman Centre

Elmira played Brantford last weekend, skating to a 1-1 tie.  The teams were scoreless until 9 minutes into the third period when Brantford scored to make it 1-0.  Over two minutes later, Zac Coulter tied things up, where it would stay.

Guelph had a rough game on Tues., losing 6-0 to Kitchener.  Leading the Hurricanes is Brody Milne with 4 goals and 5 assists, and 24 PIM’s.  Rookie Cameron Stokes isn’t far behind him, with 6 goals and 2 assists and just 6 PIM’s.  Their goalies are Christian Propp and Jason DaSilva.  Propp has played 3 games, with a record of 2-1, GAA of 3.67 and a save percentage of 0.883.  DaSilva has played 4 games, with a record of 1-2-1, GAA of 3.37 and a save percentage of 0.895.

St. Thomas vs. Lambton Shores, 7:30 Shores Rec Centre

Leading the Stars is Carson Brookshaw with 3 goals and 4 assists and 2 PIM’s.  Matt McJannet also has 7 points with 2 goals and 5 assists, and 16 PIM’s.  They appear to be rotating goalies, in that each has played 3 games.  Dan Black has a record of 2-1, GAA of 3.27 and a save percentage of 0.906.  Nikolas Dampier has a record of 1-2, GAA of 2.33 and a save percentage of 0.922.

On Thurs., Lambton Shores travelled to their county rival Sarnia Legionnaires, dropping a 4-2 decision.  In the second period, Connor Merritt tied the game at 1-1 with a quick goal.  In the third period, Brenden Trottier would tie the game for the Predators again at 2-2.

St. Marys vs. Strathroy, 7:30 West Middlesex Memorial

The Lincolns leading scorer is Brent House with 6 goals and 5 assists, with 4 PIM’s.  Next to him is Graham Brulotte with 4 goals and 5 assists and 2 PIM’s.  St. Marys has been going with 3 goalies, I’m not exactly sure why.  Ryan Langford has played the most, 156:53 minutes.  He has 1 win and 2 losses, a GAA of 4.21, and save percentage of 0.872.  Paul Town has a record of 0-3, GAA of 3.81, and a save percentage of 0.899.  Tyler Beattie has appeared in 2 games, amassing 79:39 of playing time.  He has a GAA of 6.03 and save percentage of 0.843.

Strathroy had their double home opener last weekend.  On Sat., they took on first place Leamington Flyers, losing 5-3.  After 2 periods, Leamington led 4-0.  In the third period, Strathroy mounted a comeback with goals from Max Ewart, Matt McGhee and Codey McRoberts, but it wasn’t enough against the Flyers.  On Sun., they took on the Lambton Shores Predators, earning a 4-3 win.  Lucas Latina started things 2:11 into the game.  Shane Bulitka added a PP goal to make it 2-1 at the end of the first period.  In the second, Kieran Milne and Latina added another pair for a 4-1 Rockets lead.  The Preds mounted a comeback, but fell short.

Sunday, October 4

Brantford vs. Kitchener, 1:30 Kitchener Auditorium

Brantford played Stratford Thurs. night, ending in a 3-3 tie.  Stratford led 3-0 after the first period.  In the second, Jack Phibbs got the 99er’s on the board and in the second, he would add another, with Ryon Pereira to tie the game.

No surprise here, leading scorer for the Dutchmen is Adam Kawalec with 9 goals and assists for 18 points.  Following behind him is Connor Cole with 9 goals and 8 assists.  Lead goalie is Luke Richardson with 300 minutes played and a perfect 5-0 record.  He has a GAA of 1.80 and save percentage of 0.920.  His backup is Cossimo Lazzarino, posting a 2-1 record, GAA of 2.88 and save percentage of 0.888.

Leamington vs. LaSalle, 2:30 Vollmer Centre

Leamington hosted London Thurs. night.  The teams are only the second to finish in a 0-0 tie.  Picking up the shutout was Tyler Wall, his second of the season.  Rookie star Mark Gangnon is leading the way with 10 points, 6 goals and 4 assists.  Assistant captain Mitchell Amante and Cale Allen are just below him with 8 points each.  Leamington has been rotating their goalies, as usual.  Tyler Wall has played 4 games, having a record of 3-0-1.  His GAA is 1.20 and his save percentage is 0.957.  Michael Barrett also has 4 games played, with a record of 3-1, a GAA of 2.76 and a save percentage of 0.911.

Leading the way for the Vipers with 7 points each is rookie Liam McDougall and Eric Kirby.  Connor Rosaasen is behind them with 6 points.  In true LaSalle fashion, their goalies have been splitting the time between the pipes.  Paolo Battisti has played 4 games, 2 wins and 2 losses, is posting a GAA of 2.51 and save percentage of 0.929.  Eli Billing has a record of 1-2, GAA of 4.32 and save percentage of 0.884.

Stratford vs. Brampton, 3:30 Victoria Park

Stratford is being led by Justin Graham who has 10 points in 7 games.  Next to him is Zach Van Louwe with 9 points and Jack Scanlan at 8.  Their goalies have been sharing the job.  Carson Poulin has a record of 2-1-1, a GAA of 2.32 and a save percentage of 0.918.  Nick Redman  has a record of 1-1-1, a GAA of 3.52 and a save percentage of 0.855.

Leading scorer for the Bombers is Mitch Shennette with 8 points.  He has double the points than the second leading scorer, Ramon Lopez.  Their goalies have been sharing the job.  Michael Vergara has 3 games played, a GAA of 4.71 and a save percentage of 0.814.  Jason Rhynold has played 4 games, a GAA of 4.78 and a save percentage of 0.846.

Listowel vs. Elmira, 7:00 Dan Snyder Arena

Listowel is being led by Jamie Hubert with 5 goals and 4 assists.  Behind him is Ben Shelley with 3 goals and 5 assists.  Tyler Fassl is their No. 1 goalie, with a record of 3-2, GAA of 4.50 and a save percentage of 0.854.  His back up is Wyatt Nicholson with a record of 1-0, GAA of 2.25 and a save percentage of 0.936.

Elmira’s leading scorer is Ethan Skinner with 5 goals and 8 assists.  Below him is captain Rob Kohli and Zac Coulter, each with 4 goals and 5 assists.  Mike Black has been the team’s No. 1 goalie, playing 239:21 minutes with 2 goals and 2 assists.  He has a GAA of 4.51 and a save percentage of 0.859.  Liam Conway is his backup with a record of 1-0-1.  He has a GAA of 1.38 and a save percentage of 0.949.

London vs. Chatham, 7:00 Chatham Memorial

London had some tough competition this week.  The Nationals hosted LaSalle Wed. night, defeating the Vipers 3-2.  They went up 2-0 with goals from Max Vinogradov and Tanner Ferreira.  The Vipers tied the game heading into the third period.  John Warren scored his 6th goal of the season to give the Nats a 3-2 win.  On Thurs., they travelled to Leamington where they became the second set of teams to end in a 0-0 tie.

Chatham hosted Sarnia last Sun., losing 5-4 in overtime.  Sarnia opened the scoring, but it was the Maroons that took a 2-1 lead on goals from Gus Ford and Connor McKinnon.  Early in the second, Ian Faubert made it 3-1.  Sarnia came back to tie the game at 3-3.  Brayden Hopkins gave the Maroons a 4-3 lead with 5:29 left in the second period.  The Legionnaires tied the game again.  The teams went scoreless in the third period pushing the game to overtime, where Sarnia ended it 1:19 into the extra frame.


So that’s the weekend fans.   I think Cambridge and Listowel could be a good game on Friday.  I won’t be making the trip, but hopefully some of you will.  Sat., I’m torn between 3 different games.  I’m debating Kitchener/Cambridge, Elmira/Guelph, and Niagara Falls/Ancaster.  Cambridge is probably going to win out because it’s not as far of a drive, but I honestly think Elmira/Guelph will be a good game, and I could take the Sleeman Centre off the list of arenas I haven’t been to.  On Sun., there are 4 that I think are definitely worth checking out.  I may try my first double header with Kitchener in the afternoon and Elmira in the evening.

But fans, I hope you make it out to some games this weekend.  The GOJHL season is just gearing up and some good hockey is in full swing.

Photo Credit: Chatham Daily News