Maroons stop St. Marys 5-3
Maddux Rychel scored twice as the Chatham Maroons beat the St. Marys Lincolns 5-3 Sunday afternoon at Memorial Arena.
With the victory, the Maroons are in a second-place tie with Leamington in the GOJHL Western Conference, with 35 points. The Lincolns are in last place with 16 points.
Rychel scored his first goal of the afternoon at 4:22 of the first period. St. Marys tied the game just 55 seconds later with a score from Mason Goldie, but Dane Johnstone scored later in the stanza to regain the Chatham lead at 2-1 after one period.
Justin Badour extended the Maroons’ lead to 3-1 with the lone goal in the middle frame. In the third period, Chatham scored back-to-back goals to give themselves a four-score cushion, from Griffin Robinson at 58 seconds into the period, then from Rychel’s second goal of the day. The Lincolns scored goals themselves to cut the Maroons’ lead back to two, with Carter Schoonderwoerd scoring both of them, the latter on the power play.
Adam Harris faced 31 shots on goal for the Maroons and stopped 28 of them. Kyle Curtin had 35 saves for St. Marys but was pulled late in the third period for back-up Tim Kerkhoff, who stopped the only shot he faced.
St. Marys travels to Leamington Thursday night. The Maroons hit the road Saturday night against Strathroy in their last game before the holiday break. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.