Junior Hockey Wrap Up – November 12, 2016

Hockey net. Photo by Jake Jeffrey

Maddux Rychel and Tyler Russell scored two goals apiece as the LaSalle Vipers beat the Lambton Shores Predators on the road 7-2 Saturday night, maintaining a two point lead atop the GOJHL Western Conference standings.

Rychel’s first goal and a shorthanded one from Liam MacDougall a minute and 23 seconds later gave the Vipers a 2-0 lead in the first period, before Jared Lindsay put the Predators on the board with a goal at 6:53 in the first.  But within the last two minutes of the period, LaSalle would strike twice more on goals from Manny Silverio and Russell’s first one of the evening.

Michael Ruttinger’s power-play goal at 16:10 in the second period put the Vipers up 5-1, and Rychel would cash in again before the second intermission.  In the third period, Ethan Sarfati put another one up for Lambton Shores, but Russell would score again for the final time and the 7-2 score.

Eli Billing faced 33 Predator shots, knocking away 31 of them.  The Vipers welcome the Leamington Flyers to the Vollmer Complex Wednesday, the same night Lambton Shores meets the Nationals in London.


Brendan Trottier picked up a hat trick as the London Nationals blasted the Strathroy Rockets on the road Saturday night 8-0.

Kyle Dawson would add two goals for London, keeping pace with LaSalle and remaining two points behind in the Western Conference on the GOJHL.

Harlen VanWynsberghe started the London onslaught with the first goal of the game, at 1:46 into the game.  Trottier would score the next two goals before the first intermission and give the Nationals a 3-0 lead.

Trottier completed his natural hat trick in the second period to put the Nationals up 4-0 at 1:40.  Just seven seconds later, Dawson would strike with his first goal of the night.   Kenny Chisholm made it a six goal game before the end of the second period.  Austin Kemp and Dawson`s second comprised the scoring in the third period.

Cameron Zanussi turned away all 24 Strathroy shots in goal for London.  Strathroy tries to regroup next Saturday when they host St. Marys.


The Amherstburg Admirals tried out different uniforms at the Libro Centre Saturday night, but they did not help them beat the visiting Blenheim Blades who won 3-2.

The Blades took a 2-0 lead in the first period on goals from Nick Delyzer and Dustin Maines.  Amherstburg would counter in the second period with two goals of their own, from the sticks of Kasey Basile and Jordan Luciw, both on the power play.  Drew Marlatt had a power play goal in the third as the tiebreaker for the Blades.

Adam Craven got the win in goal for Blenheim, who head to the Atlas Tube Centre Sunday night against Lakeshore.  The Admirals host Dresden Sunday.


Nick Tavolieri-Essex scored twice as the Wheatley Omstead Sharks came from behind to beat the Flags in Mooretown 5-4 Saturday night.

His first goal would account for all of the scoring in the first 20 minutes of play.  Mooretown`s Greg Hay scored his first goal of the night at 4:50 in the second to tie it up.  Wheatley would regain the lead at 8:29 on Tavolieri-Essex`s second goal of the night, an unassisted tally.  Ben Morrison would score at 13:33 to tie it up for Mooretown, then Hay would connect on the power play at 15:50 to give the Flags a 3-2 lead at the second intermission.

Wheatley would knot it up again at 13:05 in the third period on a goal from Mitch Lantin.   Hay would complete a hat trick at 14:55 for a 4-3 Mooretown lead.  Just 30 seconds afterwards, the Sharks tied it up once more with a score from Alixe Saliba.  Calyn Kir scored the winner for Wheatley with 17 seconds left in regulation.

The Sharks host Blenheim on Monday, while Mooretown travels to Essex on Tuesday to face the 73s.