Sailors in building mode
Junior hockey roundup
If there’s one Provincial Junior (C) Hockey League team that’s been consistently inconsistent so far it’s the Port Dover Sailors.
Take their past three games for instance, the team dropped decisions of 8-5 versus Niagara and 9-0 against Glanbrook before trouncing Niagara 9-4 at home Sunday afternoon.
Mike Tobin’s squad struggled to stay above .500 through parts of last season before going on a midyear run that would earn them home-ice advantage in the first round of the Bloomfield Division playoffs.
Now sitting with a sixth-place mark of 3-4-0, the current Sailors – who are a little banged up and also in the process of bringing in some recruits - are just two points out of third place but also two points from last.
“We’ve got some personnel issues,” said Tobin. “I think most of what we need is there, it’s just a matter of putting everything together – there’s a couple key components missing.”
The league’s reigning MVP Eric Mueller has picked up where he left off by compiling 8 points (3 goals, 5 assists) in seven games this fall. The trio of Steve Goeree, Connor McQuhae, and newcomer Lyndon Lemoire all have seven.
Given what he’s seen, Tobin is confident his roster will be able to put together a run towards the top portion of the standings as the season rolls along.
“I think on a talent level we’re definitely where we need to be, it’s just on a compete level is where we need to rise, that’s the big difference,” said the division’s 2016-17 coach of the year.
“Once we have our full personnel here I think we’re going to make strides in the right direction for sure.”
The Sailors will play a pair of mid-week games, one in Glanbrook (8-0-0) Wednesday and another vs. Dundas (4-3-0) Thursday. They’ll return home to battle Dunnville (3-4-1) Sunday at 2 p.m.
Provincial Junior Hockey League Bloomfield Division Simcoe Shamrocks
After posting their first win of the season on Oct. 1, the rest of the month has not been kind to Simcoe.
The Shamrocks played three times last week, losing 15-1 in Glanbrook on Wednesday, 4-3 in Niagara on Thursday and 6-0 to Grimsby at home on Sunday.
Devin Schneider scored against Glanbrook. Schneider (1G, 1A), Ben Curtin (1G, 1A) and Tyler Miket (1G, 1A) provided most of the offence against Niagara.
It was a tough week for Hagersville as it lost 7-4 in Dunnville on Friday and 5-3 at home to Dundas on Saturday. Ralph Taggart (2G, 1A) and Zach Carr (1G, 1A) paced the way against Dunnville, with Luke Difonzo also scoring. Zach Carr (2G, 1A) and Tycie Cowan (1G, 2A) stepped up big time in the Dundas contest.
The Paris Mounties sandwiched two wins between a loss on the Thanksgiving weekend.
Paris picked up four of a possible six points by defeating Norwich 6-4 on Friday and Burford 7-2 on Sunday in road games. The Mounties were doubled up 4-2 on Saturday at home by Woodstock.
Paris went power-play crazy against Norwich, converting on five of its seven man advantages.
Jay Dekker led the way with a hat trick while Jacob Schnittke and Dan Gallagher got three assists each. Connor Merritt, Alexander Sheppard and Ethan Hebel were the other goal scorers as Davis McLean earned the win in goal.
Brett Wilson, on the power play, and Matt Patton were the goal scorers for the Mounties. Schnittke (2A) had another strong game on offence.
Brett Wilson (1G, 3A) had a huge game against Burford, with teammates Mitch Montgomery (1G, 1A), Blake Culley (1G, 1A), Benjamin Cripps (1G, 1A) and Matt Paton (1G, 1A) chipping in two points apiece.
Connor Merritt and Alexander Polillo scored the final two goals. Davis McLean made 32 saves in goal.
Doherty Division Delhi Travellers
In its only game last week, Delhi was blasted 11-0 by Ayr. The Travellers have scored seven goals in seven games this season. Delhi has been shut out in five of its games so far.
The Burford Bulldogs played a pair of games last week, losing 6-1 in New Hamburg on Friday and 7-2 at home to Paris on Sunday. Jason Oztrovics scored the lone goal against New Hamburg with Nathaniel Thibodeau notching both goals against Paris.
Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League
Golden Horseshoe Conference Caledonia Corvairs
The Caledonia Corvairs swept a pair of games last week by beating Thorold 7-1 on the road on Thursday and Welland 7-5 at home on Saturday.
Adam Craievich was on fire, notching hat tricks in both games.
Against Thorold, Bobby Harrison (1G, 2A), T.J. Hughes (2A), Mark Bzowey (2A) and Andrew Burns (2A) backed Craievich up on offence. Bailey Fletcher, Jamey Lauzon and Jesse Barwell were the other goal scorers.
Craievich also added two assists against Welland for a five-point night. T.J. Hughes (1G, 3A), Jesse Barwell (3A), Joshua DeFarias (2A) and Sean O’Brien (2A) were also multi-point scorers.
Isaac Tyler scored the final goal. Brandon McCorriston was the winning goalie in both games.