Ma­roons’ busy week­end

The Chatham Daily News - - SPORTS -

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

Lin­colns.

Two ex-Ma­roons – Thomas Michaud of Blen­heim and cap­tain Levi Te­trault of Pain Court – scored for the Fly­ers.

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