Leamington, London advance to GOJHL’s Western final
LEAMINGTON – Both the Leamington Flyers and London Nationals completed Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League Western Conference semifinal series wins Thursday with 6-1 victories.
Leamington defeated the LaSalle Vipers at home for a 4-2 win in their series while the Nationals defeated the Chatham Maroons for a 4-1 win in that series.
The Flyers scored twice in each period for the victory over LaSalle. They also hit for four power-play goals on 10 man-advantage situations and killed off all five shorthanded situations they had in the game.
LaSalle’s lone goal came in the second period. However, the Flyers responded with a pair of goals 61 seconds apart less than eight minutes later.
Griffin Robinson had a hat trick for Leamington while Scott Florence, Cale Phibbs and Liam Hogan also scored.
Manny Silverio scored for LaSalle.
The Vipers outshot Leamington 46-32. Connor Meyerink picked up the win in net for the Flyers while Eli Billing took the loss for LaSalle.
At Chatham, London scored twice in the first period and extended its lead to 5-0 by the end of the second.
Austin Kemp had a pair of goals for the Nationals while Carson Brookshaw, Max Vinogradov, Michael Andlauer and Ethan Nother also scored.
Michael Douglas scored on a power play for Chatham with 7:42 to go in the third period.
London outshot Chatham 36-31 and went 2-for-7 on its power play while Chatham went 1-for-6.
Cameron Zanussi was the winning goaltender for London while Brendan Johnston took the loss for Chatham. He was replaced by Lucas Patton after giving up the fifth London goal at 12:31 of the second.
Dates have not been set for the London-Leamington conference final.
LaSalle had finished the regular season first in the Western Conference at 37-9-0-4 while Chatham was second at 37-12-0-1, London third at 36-13-1-0 and Leamington fourth at 27-16-1-6.
The Nationals and Flyers join the Caledonia Corvairs and Listowel Cyclones who are awaiting opponents in their conference finals.
Caledonia will play the winner of a series between the St. Catharines Falcons and Niagara Falls Canucks in the Golden Horseshoe final. St. Catharines and Niagara Falls are tied 2-2 with Game 5 Friday night at St. Catharines.
Listowel will play the winner of a series between the Elmira Sugar Kings and Kitchener Dutchmen in the Midwestern final. Elmira leads the series 3-2 with Game 6 Friday night at Kitchener.
- Guelph Sports Journal