Momentum-driven Maroons look to build on OT win

Chatham Maroons goaltender Kevin Linker. (Photo by Matt Weverink)

The Chatham Maroons will head to LaSalle Saturday for their third game in four nights, looking to steal one on the road against the Vipers.

The Vollmer Recreation Complex has not been kind to the Maroons recently, with Chatham losing the series opener in LaSalle on Wednesday and two more road games against the Vipers in that building during the regular season.

The third road game the Maroons lost to the Vipers in the 2019-2020 season was at the WFCU Centre in Windsor.

Looking even further back, the Maroons went 0-for-3 at the Vollmer in the 2018-2019 season — in fact, the team hasn’t won a game in LaSalle since the 2018 playoffs when sixth-ranked Chatham Maroons team upset the third-ranked Vipers 4-2 on the road in Game 7 on Sunday, March 11, 2018.

A lot has changed for the Maroons since then, none of the players who are currently on the roster were a part of that Chatham team that upset LaSalle. But it’s certainly a game that now-Maroons AJ Ryan would remember — he was a member of the Vipers team that lost that series.

Several of Ryan’s former teammates will also have a vivid memory of that night. Jack Bowler, Aaron Shaw, Bradley Vincent, Evan Ferguson, Hayden Johnston, and Abdul Abouzeeni — all current members of the Vipers — were also on the LaSalle team that lost the heart-breaker in Game 7 at home.

Once again, the Maroons will have the chance to play the spoiler — and this time, they’re riding high after a come-from-behind overtime win against the Vipers Thursday night.

“We know how we can play when we’re at the top of our game, we showed it… and we just have to bring the same energy on Saturday,” said Maroons Captain Dallas Maurovic after scoring Thursday’s game-winner in overtime. “Even when we were down 3-0, we just stayed positive, we knew it was possible if you get one, you can come back.”

Puck drop for Saturday night’s game in LaSalle is set for 7 p.m.

You can hear all of the Maroons’ playoff games broadcast live on-air on Country 92.9FM / 630 AM CFCO or online by clicking here.