The six Chatham Maroons players completing their final regular season game with the team are honoured before the game against the London Nationals at Chatham Memorial Arena, February 25, 2018. Photo by Matt Weverink/Blackburn News.

Maroons Lose To London 4-2 in Regular Season Finale

Max Vinogradov and Kyle Dawson scored twice as the London Nationals doubled up the Chatham Maroons 4-2 Sunday night.

The game at Chatham Memorial Arena concluded the regular season for both teams, and six Maroons players who are “graduating” were honoured before the game.

The Maroons finish with the sixth seed in the GOJHL Western Conference standings. They have 53 points and a 25-22-1-2 record. The Nationals have won the regular season conference title and have the top seed with its 73 points.

Chatham got out to a quick lead in the first frame. Bryce Yetman scored unassisted at 2:25 and Alixe Saliba doubled the Maroons lead over two and half minutes later. The Nationals got on the board at 6:08 with Dawson’s first score of the evening.

There was no scoring in the second period but each team had three power play opportunities apiece. London outscored Chatham 14-11 in the middle stanza.

Vinogradov scored two back-to-back goals in the third period to extend the London lead, both on the power play. Dawson put in his second puck of the night late in regulation but the Maroons could not score further.

David Ovsjannikov had 34 saves out of 36 attempts in the London win. Ryan Wagner, who played his last regular season game between the Maroons pipes, had 31 stops.

The Maroons will take on the LaSalle Vipers in the first round of the junior-B playoffs. Game 1 of the best-of-seven series is set for Wednesday night at the Vollmer Complex.

The Nationals will have home-ice throughout the playoffs. They will host the Strathroy Rockets in the first round.