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Jr. hockey wrap-up – December 8, 2018

A late push by the Dresden Kings was enough for first place.

The Kings scored back-to-back third period goals in their 3-1 win over the Lakeshore Canadiens Saturday night at the Atlas Tube Centre.

Dresden now leads the PJHL Stobbs Division with 44 points, one ahead of the Essex 73s. Lakeshore is in fourth place with 34 points.

Brady Hogg opened the scoring for the Kings at 8:26 in the first period. The Canadiens evened things up on a goal by Eric Larue for a 1-1 deadlock at the first intermission.

There was no scoring in the middle frame, and Lakeshore outshot Dresden 12-11 in that period.¬† The Kings’ Brendan Ritchie scored what would become the winning goal at 18:34. Nolan Vandenboorn scored an empty-netter to seal the win for Dresden.

Brett Brochu stopped all but one of the 42 shots he faced in net for Dresden. Erik Morneau had 18 saves for Lakeshore.

The Kings head to Essex Thursday night in a battle for first place. The Canadiens travel to Dresden for a rematch Wednesday.

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Daniel Aspro scored the game-winner as the Strathroy Rockets beat the LaSalle Vipers 4-3 in double-overtime at West Middlesex Memorial Arena.

Despite the Vipers being more aggressive against the Rockets’ net, Strathroy came out ahead in the first period. Aspro had an unsuccessful penalty shot but Carson Perry scored to put Strathroy up 1-0 after the first 20 minutes of play.

LaSalle took the lead on two straight goals to start the second period, from Zane Dalpe and Dylan Robinson. Strathroy got those two goals back and regained a 3-2 lead by the end of the frame, thanks to lamplighters from Brendan Mairs and Adrian Franklin.

The lone goal in the third period came off the stick of A.J. Ryan, tying the game at three-all and forcing overtime.

The first overtime period came with just two shots on goal from LaSalle. Aspro’s winning goal was at 90¬†seconds into the second extra period.

Vince Michelizzi backstopped the Rockets to the win, collecting 39 saves. Will Tragge stopped 25 shots in goal for the Vipers.

LaSalle hosts St. Thomas on Wednesday. Strathroy hosts the Stars next Saturday night.

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Cameron Rannie scored a hat trick as the Mooretown Flags beat the Blenheim Blades at home 5-2.

Mooretown now has 35 points and is in fifth place in the Stobbs Division. Blenheim is in seventh place with 22 points.

The Flags got on the board early, with an unassisted goal by Rannie at 1:14 in the opening stanza.

Blenheim tied the game up with a score by Connor Wright early in the middle period, then took the lead on a power play goal by Keegan MacVoy. Mooretown tied the game again before the second intermission when Colton Osborne scored a power play goal of his own.

Rannie’s second goal of the game, early in the third period, put the Flags ahead for good. Blake Howard added some insurance later in the period, then Rannie completed the hat trick to seal it.

Jake Wilkins stopped 37 shots in the win for Mooretown. Chris DeWulf had 39 saves for the Blades.

The Blades host Wallaceburg Sunday night, while Mooretown travels to Wheatley on Wednesday.

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Chase Strychaluk scored in double-overtime as the Komoka Kings beat the London Nationals at home 4-3.

The Nationals still have 40 points while sitting atop the GOJHL Western Conference. The Kings are in seventh place with 21 points.

George Diaco’s goal late in the first period gave the Nationals a 1-0 first intermission lead.

It took just 34 seconds of time in the second frame for the Kings’ Kurt Watson to tie the game. Kyle Dawson soon scored to give London back the lead, but the Kings scored back to back goals from Wes Dobbin and Dario Beljo for a 3-2 lead.

Ryan McAllister forced the overtime period with a tying goal at 16:36 in the third period. The first overtime period came and went with London outshooting Komoka 4-1. Strychaluk’s winning goal was scored on the power play at 3:25 in the second overtime.

Owen Say took the win in goal for Komoka, stopping 27 shots. Zachary Springer had 20 saves in net for the Nationals.

The Nationals take on the Maroons Sunday night in Chatham. Komoka next plays Friday night in St. Thomas.