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Jr. Hockey Wrap-Up – February 3, 2018

Cameron Rannie scored twice in the Mooretown Flags’ 7-1 win over the Blenheim Blades at home Saturday night.

The contest officially closes the junior-C regular season in the Stobbs Division. The Flags finish with 53 points and have the fifth seed. They will take on the Integrity Amherstburg Admirals in the opening round of the playoffs.

The Blades finish with the eighth seed and 27 points. They will face the division champion Lakeshore Canadiens.

Bryce Broad scored on the power play at 8:54 of the first period to give Blenheim an early lead. The Flags came back with two power play goals within two minutes of each other before the break. Colton Osborne tied the game and Ryan Lyle put Mooretown in front.

Mooretown scored three unanswered goals in the second stanza, the first two shorthanded. Logan Gardner was first at 1:49 and Matt Sawatzky extended the Flags’ lead to 4-1 just nine seconds later.  Rannie scored his first goal of the night for the Flags before the second intermission, the first even-strength goal of the contest.

Brent Blais and Rannie struck in the third period with two more Mooretown goals to close out the regular season.

Jake Wilkins began the game in net for the Flags while Nolan Hakr finished it. They combined for 27 saves.  Chris DeWulf and Eric Stewardson had 45 saves between them for the Blades.

Mooretown begins its playoff series in Amhertsburg Wednesday night. The Lakeshore-Blenheim series schedule is to be determined.

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Levi Tetrault had the winner for the Leamington Flyers, beating the Lincolns 3-2 in overtime at St. Marys.

The Flyers are in third place with 59 points in the Western Conference. The Lincolns are in eighth place with 24 points.

Griffin Robinson scored the first two goals of the game for the Flyers, the first at 46 seconds into the game and the second at 14:31. The Lincolns got on the board with Michael Andrews’ lamplighter before the first intermission.

St. Marys tied the game in the second period with a power play goal from Dalton Bancroft.

There was no scoring in the third period and the Lincolns outshot Leamington 10-9. Tetrault’s winner was at 2:54 in the overtime frame.

Noah Hedrick took the win between the pipes for the Flyers, with 27 saves. Jacob Hutchings had 36 saves in the loss for the Lincolns.

The Flyers take on the first-place Nationals in London Wednesday night, while St. Marys visits Chatham Thursday.

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Manny Silverio scored twice as the LaSalle Vipers beat the Rockets in Strathroy 4-3 in double-overtime .

The Vipers have 60 points and are in second place in the Western Conference. Strathroy is in last place with 23.

LaSalle opened the scoring in the opening frame with Silverio’s first goal at 4:07. The Rockets evened the score 28 seconds later with a Noah Campbell score but LaSalle took the lead before the end of the period when Max Sieberer found the net.

Strathroy scored the only goal in the second period when Emmet Pierce tied the game at two apiece on the power play.

The Rockets regained the lead late in the third period as Micheal Wood scored at 17:47. Less than two minutes later, the Vipers forced overtime with Eric Kirby’s extra-attacker goal.

Silverio’s second goal was the game-winner, at 35 seconds into the second overtime.

Dershahn Stewart knocked away 41 shots in goal for the Vipers. Vince Michelizzi had 35 saves for Strathroy.

Strathroy next hosts the Chatham Maroons Tuesday night. The Vipers welcome the St. Thomas Stars Wednesday.