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Jr. hockey wrap-up – February 9, 2019

Josh Talerico scored a hat trick as the Amherstburg Admirals beat the Flags 5-4 in Mooretown Saturday night, in Game 2 of their first-round Stobbs Division playoff series.

The Admirals lead the best-of-seven series 2-0.

Talerico opened the scoring for Amherstburg at 4:01 in the opening period. Mooretown evened the game before the first intermission with a goal by Brock Perry.

The Addys put more goals onto their lead in the second frame. Talerico scored his second of the contest at 1:35, then Travis Campbell provided insurance just 20 seconds later. That insurance came in handy when the Flags cracked the scoreboard late in the period on a power-play goal by Nolan Farr.

Talerico completed the hat trick at just 34 seconds into the third period, then Cory Burns extended the Amherstburg lead with a goal 12 seconds later. The Flags then made a valiant comeback effort with back-to-back goals from Perry and Colton Osborne, but they were unable to tie the game.

Ben Larder took the win between the pipes for the Admirals with 33 saves. Jake Wilkins had 28 saves for Mooretown.

Game 3 is Sunday night at the Libro Centre.

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The Strathroy Rockets came from behind and beat the LaSalle Vipers 4-3 in double-overtime at West Middlesex Memorial Arena.

The Rockets leapfrog the idle St. Thomas Stars in the GOJHL Western Conference standings to take seventh place, with 35 points. The Vipers earn a point but are in fifth place with 44 points.

The Vipers took control in the opening segment with two goals. Brett Vorshuk opened things up at 8:50, then Jack Chumley doubled the LaSalle lead.

Strathroy got back into the game with two goals in the middle period. Brendan Mairs’ power-play goal put the Rockets on the board, then T.J. Harris scored the tying goal for a 2-2 deadlock after two periods.

LaSalle regained the lead with an Evan Ferguson goal at 48 seconds into the third frame. Strathroy forced overtime when Cody Clerc scored short-handed. The first overtime came and went with LaSalle outshooting Strathroy 2-1, but Max Ewart scored an empty-netter late in the second extra period.

Vince Michelizzi notched 38 saves in goal for the Rockets, while Jackson Bernard had 32 saves for the Vipers.

Strathroy travels to Chatham Sunday night, while LaSalle hosts St. Thomas on Wednesday.

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Christian Polillo scored twice in the London Nationals’ 3-1 win over the Kings in Komoka.

The Nationals pull within three points of the idle Leamington Flyers in the Western Conference with 61 points. The Kings have 40 points and are in sixth place.

Riley MacRae scored the only first-period goal at just over four minutes in for a 1-0 London lead. The Nationals doubled their lead with a single lamplighter in the second period, thanks to Polillo’s first goal. Through the first two stanzas, London outshot the Kings 23-18.

Cameron Welch got Komoka on the board 37 ticks into the third period, but Polillo scored again for London late in the segment.

Eric Schneider stopped all but one of the 31 shots he faced in goal for the Nationals. Owen Say had 29 saves for Komoka.

London hosts Leamington in a key conference matchup Wednesday night. Komoka travels to St. Thomas on Friday.