Welcome back fans. We have a quiet week with just 5 games.
Tuesday, September 29
Guelph vs. Kitchener, 7:00 Kitchener Auditorium
On Sat. Night, Guelph took on Brantford. The 99er’s scored the first and last goal of the game, but Guelph scored 6 in between. Guelph’s goals were from Ryan Burns, Alex Ritchie, Brody Milne, Ryan Waterhouse, Cameron Stokes and Stefano Pezzetta.
Kitchener played Stratford Fri. night, taking a 7-5 win. In the first period, they built up a 5-2 lead with goals from Jason Willms (2), Logan Schmidt, Adam Kawalec and Connor Cole. In the second period, Willms added his third and Cole with his second. On Sun., the Dutchmen took on Waterloo Siskins, defeating them 4-1. Goals were from Nathan Grossi, Ryan George and Edward Pollon (2). Taking the win in net was Luke Richardson with 16 saves on 17 shots.
Wednesday, September 30
LaSalle vs. London, 7:30 Western Fair
LaSalle had a rough week, losing 4-3 to Strathroy last Wed. and then 6-2 to Leamington on Thursday. On Wed., Strathroy had a 2-0 lead until Liam McDougall scored a natural hattrick in 6 minutes and 55 seconds, which set a new team record. Strathroy would tie the game and eventually take the lead and the win. On Thurs., the Flyers had a 3-0 lead before Viper Eric Kirby got them on the board. Down 6-1, McDougall added another for a 6-2 final.
On Fri., London travelled to St. Marys and defeated the Lincolns 2-1. Kevin Madden opened the scoring and in the second period, Tanner Ferreira scored the eventual game winner.
This is the second game between London and LaSalle. In the first game, the Vipers defeated the Nationals 5-1. Leading scorer for the Nationals in John Warren with 5 goals and 4 assists. Leading scorer for the Vipers is Liam McDougall with 5 goals and 2 assists.
Thursday, October 1
London vs. Leamington, 7:10 Highbury Canco
Leamington picked up another 4 points this past weekend. On Thurs., they hosted their county rival LaSalle Vipers in a 6-2 win. The Flyers took a 2-0 lead in the first period with goals from Mark Gangnon and Derek Elliott. In the second period, Cale Phibbs would add 1 to make it 3-0 and captain Jacob McGhee closed out the period with a 4-1 Flyers lead. Scott Florence and Luke Sanko would add a pair in the third period for the 6-2 win. On Sat., the Flyers travelled to Strathroy for the Rockets home opener. In 2 periods, Leamington took a 4-0 lead with goals from J.P. Grineau, Gangnon, Phibbs, and Travis Campbell. The Rockets tried to make a game of it in the third period, but it was too late. Sanko would get credit for an odd goal that bounced up off the Rockets goalie and as he tried to swat it away with his stick, it went in the net.
Lambton Shores vs. Sarnia, 7:10 Sarnia Arena
This is Sarnia and Lambton Shores’ second game. In the first game, the Predators won 3-2.
On Sat., Lambton Shores hosted St. Marys, losing 4-3. The majority of the scoring took place in the first period, with the teams tied 3-3. Predators goals were from Brenden Trottier, David Norris and Andrew Kim. On Sun. night, the Predators fought hard despite a 4-3 loss to Strathroy. In the first period, they tied the game at 1-1 with a goal from David Norris. In the second period, down 4-1, Ethan Sarfati inched them closer to close out the period 4-2 Strathroy. In the third period, Ryan Fraser scored on the power play to make it 4-3. The Preds came at the Rockets hard in the last few minutes to try and tie the game, but were held off.
Sarnia travelled to Chatham on Sun. night to take on the Maroons, picking up a 5-4 OT win. Scoring was very back and forth. Sam McCormack started it off 1:00 into the game. Down 3-1 in the second period, Brett Storr scored a shorthanded goal to make it 3-2 and Jordan Fogarty tied it at 3-3. After Chatham made it 4-3, Alec DeKoning scored to tie the game at 4-4 after 2 periods. The game went to overtime and just 1:19 in, Eric Marsh ended it.
Stratford vs. Brantford, 7:30 Gretzky Centre
Stratford had a rough Fri. night when they hosted Kitchener. They lost 7-5, but after the first period, the Dutchmen led 5-2. Cullitons goals were from Jack Scanlan and Hayden Broomhead. In the second period, Stratford’s Zach Van Louwe would add another and the period would end 7-3 Kitchener. Broomhead and Scanlan would add another one each to make it 7-5. On Sat., the Cullitons travelled to Cambridge where they defeated the Winter Hawks 4-1. Stratford’s goals were from Van Louwe, Justin Graham, Drew Gross (2).
Brantford suffered a 6-2 loss Fri. night to Guelph. Justin Donnelly opened the scoring for the game, and Brett Parsons finished it, but it wasn’t a match for Guelph’s 6 goals in between. Sun. evening, the 99er’s traveled to Elmira where they finished with a 1-1 tie. The game was scoreless until Christian Polillo scored 9:17 into the third period. Elmira tied the game about 2 minutes later and that’s where it would end.
I’ve decided to just do the standings on Monday, since most games happen on the weekend, so here they are.
So that’s 5 games for you this week. I think Kitchener and Guelph on Tues. and LaSalle and London on Wed. will both be good games to watch. Sarnia and Lambton Shores on Thurs. could go either way. They’re rival teams and sometimes they have good games and sometime they’re horrible games.
At this time, I do not have a profile to post on Wed., I’m hoping to be able to get one tomorrow, but if I don’t, I’ll be taking some time off from that to be able to build them up and have them ready to go again. But there is a new monthly feature scheduled for Thurs. that I think everyone will enjoy and will be interested in, so look out for that. Until then, try and make it to a game and let me know what you think.
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