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Jr. hockey wrap-up – November 8, 2018

Maddux Rychel scored three points in the Leamington Flyers’ 5-3 win over the LaSalle Vipers Thursday night at the Kinsmen Centre.

The win gives the Flyers 21 points and third place in the GOJHL Western Conference. The Vipers are in sixth place with 15 points.

Griffin Robinson scored the only goal of the first period to put the Flyers up 1-0, on the power play.

The Vipers tied the game early in the second period on a goal from Dean Albano, but Leamington scored back-to-back goals from Michael Andrews and Kade McKibbin for a¬†3-1 lead. That didn’t last long, though, as LaSalle came back with two goals of their own before the second intermission, off the sticks of Jack Bowler and Kory Silverio.

Rory DiNiro put the Flyers in the lead for good at 11:05 of the third period, and Johnny Ulicny added an insurance goal just 36 seconds later.

Zach Borgiel was the winning goalie for Leamington, while Will Tragge took the loss for LaSalle. Both had 28 saves.

LaSalle next hosts the Chatham Maroons on Wednesday night. Leamington is off until next Thursday night when they welcome the first-place London Nationals.

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Curtis Helps scored twice as the Petrolia Flyers beat the visiting Wallaceburg Lakers 4-2.

Petrolia is now tied for seventh place with ten points in the PJHL Stobbs Division. The Lakers remain winless in regulation this season.

Wallaceburg got on the board first with a power play goal from Zander Wright at 5:45 of the opening frame. The Flyers evened things up later in the period as Helps scored an extra-man goal of his own.

There was no scoring in the second period, with the Flyers outshooting the Lakers 13-10.

Petrolia scored three goals over the span of 54 seconds in the third period. Helps scored his second goal on the power play at 3:42, and Jack Hackett extended the Flyers’ lead 35 seconds later, also with the extra-man advantage. Lucas Ross completed the trifecta for a 4-1 Petrolia lead. Wright did score another goal for the Lakers before the end of regulation. The third period was also marred by a massive fight that sent seven players to an early shower, three for the Flyers, four for Wallaceburg.

Chaska Thiel had 24 saves in net for Petrolia. Travis Moore stopped 35 shots for Wallaceburg.

The Lakers next host Dresden on Wednesday. The Flyers welcome Essex next Thursday.