Fly­ers end Ma­roons’ streak

Leam­ing­ton, Chatham share sec­ond place in GOJHL Western Conf.

The Chatham Daily News - - SPORTS -

LEAM­ING­TON – The Chatham Ma­roons had a chance Thurs­day to put some dis­tance be­tween them­selves and the Leam­ing­ton Fly­ers.

In­stead, the teams are tied again for sec­ond place in the Greater On­tario Ju­nior Hockey League’s Western Con­fer­ence.

The Fly­ers scored three unan­swered goals in the fi­nal two pe­ri­ods for a 4-1 win in front of 778 fans at High­bury Canco Arena.

Ex-Fly­ers for­ward Mad­dux Ry­chel scored the lone goal for the Ma­roons (19-9-1-3).

The loss ended their five-game point streak (4-0-1-0).

The Ma­roons hadn’t made any moves late Thurs­day as the league’s trade dead­line loomed. They have 21 play­ers, two be­low the limit.

“Lots of talk, just not the right fit,” as­sis­tant gen­eral man­ager Kevin Fisher said.

The Ma­roons and Fly­ers (19-7-13) are nine points be­hind the first­place Lon­don Na­tion­als.

Lon­don has played three more games than Chatham and five more than Leam­ing­ton.

Ma­roons goalie Adam Har­ris made 23 saves. Zach Borgiel of the Fly­ers made 24.

The teams were tied 1-1 after the first pe­riod.

Blake Blain opened the scor­ing for the Fly­ers at 4:58, but Ry­chel replied 25 sec­onds later with the ty­ing goal.

Borgiel made 16 saves in the fi­nal two pe­ri­ods while shut­ting out the Ma­roons, who en­joyed a lengthy two-man power play in the mid­dle frame.

Pre­ston Corp scored the win­ning goal with 40 sec­onds left in the sec­ond pe­riod.

Michael An­drew scored in the third pe­riod at 1:35. Dy­lan We­ston fol­lowed with the Fly­ers’ fourth goal at 4:37.

Both teams went 0-for-4 on the power play.

The Ma­roons will visit the Strathroy Rock­ets on Satur­day and host the Sar­nia Le­gion­naires at 7 p.m. Sun­day.

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