Turnovers cost Maroons Game 1 in LaSalle

Chatham Maroons warm up ahead of a game against the St. Thomas Stars. (Photo by Matt Weverink)

The Chatham Maroons came out to a good start in the first period of their playoff opener against the Vipers, but some bad giveaways allowed LaSalle to start the series with a win.

After a scoreless first period, two turnovers by the Maroons in the second let the Vipers open up a two-goal lead.

Aaron Shaw opened the scoring for LaSalle with a wrist shot along the boards and Nic Pavia put the Vipers up 2-0 after scooping up a loose puck deep in the Maroons’ defensive zone.

The Maroons answered back, as Kyle Fisher pulled Chatham within one goal by scoring his first of the playoffs with less than a minute left in the second period.


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However, another bad giveaway in the Maroons’ defensive zone allowed Pavia to score his second goal of the night with less than 10 seconds left on the clock ahead of the second intermission.

The Vipers got back on the board in the third period, extending their lead to 4-1 with a goal from veteran forward Spencer Paradis after he knocked the puck free from Maroons goalie Bryce Walcarius as he was trying to cover it up for a faceoff.

The Maroons climbed back within one goal thanks to a wrist shot from Alan Yu — his first goal in a Chatham Maroons uniform.

The Vipers were able to close the game out from there, hanging on for a 4-2 win at home. Game 2 will be back in Chatham Thursday night with puck drop set for 7 p.m.

All of the games will also be broadcast live on-air on Country 92.9FM / 630 AM CFCO or online by clicking here.