Nationals spoil Maroons’ home opener 7-1

Chatham Maroons' 60th anniversary logo. (Photo by Matt Weverink)

The Chatham Maroons were toppled in their home opener against the London Nationals 7-1 on Sunday.

The National’s Michael McKnight scored on a powerplay 16:47 in the only goal of the first period.

Cohen Kiteley scored two back-to-back goals for London 5:04 and 5:54 in the second period. Cal Davis scored just minutes after 7:31 into the frame followed closely by goals from Maz Vinogradov at 10:25 and another goal from Davis at 18:56 to give London a 6-0 lead.

Chatham finally scored on a powerplay shot by Zack Power 0:50 into the third period. London’s Davis came back again to score at 10:13 ending the game at 7-1.

Chatham goalie Noah Zeppa made 19 saves out of 23 shots on net. London goalie Bryce Walcarius made 34 saves out of 35 shots on net.

The game also marked the first home game of the 60th anniversary for the Maroons. Despite the loss, 1959 Maroons team member Ron Coristine felt welcomed back into the Memorial arena.

“It was just an awesome experience to come out and look around this arena and remember the traditions that were here, not only as junior hockey but as senior hockey as well. It’s just fun to be in this audience tonight and be a part of the program for our 60th- anniversary celebration”, he said during the game broadcast with play by play host for the Chatham Maroons Mike Regnier.

The Nationals face off against the St. Marys Lincolns on Wednesday in London at 7 p.m. The Maroons’ next game is against Sarnia on Thursday in Sarnia at 7:10 p.m.