Sailors in build­ing mode

Ju­nior hockey roundup

Simcoe Reformer - Times-Reformer - - SPORTS - JA­COB ROBIN­SON and BRIAN SMI­LEY bsmi­ley@post­ jrobin­son@post­

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.

Hagersville Hawks

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.

Paris Moun­ties

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.

Bur­ford Bull­dogs

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.

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