Ju­nior teams make dead­line deals

Strat­ford be­ings back Cor­son Sear­les as part of play­off push

The Beacon Herald - - SPORTS - CORY SMITH SPORTS EDI­TOR

Lo­cal ju­nior hockey teams shuf­fled their ros­ters be­fore the Jan. 10 trade dead­line.

Strat­ford reac­quired for­ward Cor­son Sear­les in an ef­fort to bol­ster its of­fence. Sear­les, 20, had 18 goals and 40 points with the War­riors in 2017-18 be­fore join­ing the CCHL’s Na­van Grads, where he posted eight goals and 16 points in 40 games this sea­son.

“We need the scor­ing for sure, so it’ll help us out and give us a lit­tle ex­tra up front,” War­riors gen­eral man­ager Glen Childer­ley said. “We were work­ing on a cou­ple other deals, too, but they didn’t pan out for us. We’re happy we got Cor­son. He’s a big piece and go­ing to help us down the road.”

Sean Ross and Ryan Cullen have car­ried the bulk of the War­riors’ of­fence, which lost sev­eral weapons over the sum­mer. Strat­ford is av­er­ag­ing 3.5 goals per game, down from 4.8 in 2017-18.

“The guys have been do­ing re­ally well, con­sid­er­ing all the scor­ing we lost in the off-sea­son,” Childer­ley said, “but we knew they needed a lit­tle more sup­port. In Cor­son I think we’ve got that.”

The War­riors had a ros­ter spot open after deal­ing Trevor Moore (4G in 19GP) to the Provin­cial On­tario Ju­nior Hockey League’s Mitchell Hawks.

Lis­towel added a pair of play­ers, bring­ing in for­ward Luke Is­rael and de­fence­man Daniel Heelis.

Is­rael, 20, was ac­quired from Elmira in ex­change for for­ward Ja­cob Bloom­field. Is­rael scored three goals and had 13 points in 29 games. Bloom­field, 17, notched a goal and as­sist in 19 games.

Heelis, 20, had an as­sist in eight games with the OJHL’s Toronto Jr. Cana­di­ens. He pre­vi­ously spent time with St. Marys and Bramp­ton in the GOJHL.

Lis­towel head coach Ja­son Brooks said the de­fend­ing Suther­land Cup champs were look­ing to add ex­pe­ri­ence head­ing into the play­offs.

“What are the right pieces? At the end of the day that’s for us to de­cide and the trick for our or­ga­ni­za­tion to find the right pieces to make us the best we can be.”

Bloom­field’s stay in Elmira didn’t last long as he was shipped to St. Marys for for­ward Car­son Ge­bauer. Ge­bauer, 18, scored twice and tal­lied eight points in 32 games.

The Lin­colns had pre­vi­ous added for­ward Thomas McLatchie from St. Thomas. The 19-year-old racked up seven goals and 14 points in 23 games with the Stars.

In the PJHL, Mitchell traded goalie Bobby McLachlan (4.19 GAA and .887 save per­cent­age) to Hanover and re­leased for­ward Tay­lor Stahlke (1A in 7GP).

Tav­i­s­tock didn’t make any moves as it inches closer to clinch­ing home ice in the Do­herty Divi­sion play­offs.

“Kicked a few tires but ul­ti­mately we are pretty happy with where we are at,” Braves gen­eral man­ager Jordan Zehr said. co­[email protected]­media.com

CORY SMITH/THE BEA­CON HER­ALD

Strat­ford War­rior Cor­son Sear­les reads to stu­dents at St. Am­brose Catholic School last year as part of Fam­ily Lit­er­acy Day. Sear­les is back with Strat­ford after a trade dead­line move.

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