Maroons’ busy weekend
The Chatham Maroons will play Saturday in Strathroy and host the Sarnia Legionnaires at 7 p.m. Sunday at Chatham Memorial Arena.
The Maroons are coming off a 4-1 loss Thursday in Leamington that ended their five-game point streak (4-0-1-0).
Chatham (19-9-1-3) is third in the Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League’s Western Conference, nine points behind London (24-8-1-2) and two behind Leamington (20-7-1-3).
“We obviously still have some areas to improve, but I think we’re moving in the right direction,” Maroons captain Dane Johnstone said. “Come playoff time, I think we’re going to be really going at full speed and I think it’ll be really good this year.”
The Maroons have 16 games left in the regular season.
They’re five points up on the fourth-place Legionnaires (16-10-14).
“Especially as an older guy, you realize the second half’s a whole new game,” said Maroons defenceman Jake O’Donnell, 20. “Everyone’s hungry and everyone’s fighting for a playoff spot, so you’ve got to play every game hard. You can’t underestimate anyone.”
Four Western Conference teams (Strathroy, Komoka, St. Thomas and St. Marys) are below .500, but each has beaten the Maroons this season.
“You have to come prepared for every game and play like it’s a game for the playoffs,” Johnstone said.
The Maroons didn’t make any roster moves before Thursday’s trade deadline.
On Friday, the Flyers took sole possession of second place with a 4-2 win over the St. Marys
Two ex-Maroons – Thomas Michaud of Blenheim and captain Levi Tetrault of Pain Court – scored for the Flyers.