Maroons outplay Stars 6-4

The Chatham Maroons topped the St. Thomas Stars 6-4 in Junior B hockey action on Friday.

The Maroons outshot the Stars 16-4 in the first period in St. Thomas but couldn’t beat goalkeeper Connor Bradford.

The Stars took advantage of two of the Maroons’ penalties, scoring twice before Chatham got on the scoresheet at 13:15 mark of the second period. David Brown scored his 21st goal with assists going to Julien Gervais (38) and Brenden McKay(10).

St. Thomas scored another power-play goal at 18:11 to make the score 3-1 going into the third frame.

Chatham held a 32-14 shot advantage through two periods.

David Brown (22) pulled the Maroons to within one on a power play goal. Joel Fonovic(12) and Brendan Gouin picked up the helpers at 5:15.

St Thomas restored their two-goal lead at 7:47.

The final 12:13 of the third belonged to the Maroons.

Chatham’s Brett Fullerton shut the door on St. Thomas the rest of the way.

Liam Doyle(12) cut the Stars lead to one on a power play goal at 10:15 with Julien Gervais getting his 39th assist and Connor Paronuzzi his 20th assist.

Liam Doyle (12) got the Maroons within one at 10:15. Julien Gervais (39) and Connor Paronuzzi (20) assisted on the Maroons’ second power-play goal of the game.

Owen Kalp (3) with the help of Connor Paronuzzi (21) and Julien Gervais (40) tied the game on Chatham’s second-period play at 12:47. Twenty-eight seconds later, Liam Doyle picked up his 13th goal of the season with Connor Paronuzzi(22) and David Brown(21) assisting the eventual game-winning goal at 14:15.

With the St. Thomas goalie on the bench, Brayden Delegas(17) made the final score 6-4 for Chatham at the 19:03 mark. Noah Mathieson (22) and Nate Dowling (10) assisted on the empty net goal.

Chatham ended up outshooting St Thomas 50-22.

The victory gives the Maroons (50 points) sole possession of fifth place in the Western Conference ahead of Strathroy (48).

The Maroons will play their 46th game of the GOJHL season when they host the London Nationals on Sunday, February 19 at Memorial Arena. Game time is at 7 p.m.

The Rockets play their 48th game of the season on Saturday night as they will host the eighth-place Legionnaires.

Gervais moved into the seventh spot in the GOJHL scoring race with 60 points just two points behind sixth-place the Stars’ William Nichol with 62 points.

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