The Great Lakes Junior C Hockey League has now been renamed The Stobbs Division in the Provincial Junior Hockey League. Teams from Mooretown, Wallaceburg, Wheatley, Essex, Dresden are familiar to most that follow the league, but now enters Petrolia, to join Amherstburg, Blenheim and Lakeshore.
The action is great with these young players trying to impress coaches and scouts from teams like the Chatham Maroons, Sarnia Legionnaires, and Lambton Predators.
There will always be powerhouses in the league like the Essex 73’s and the Lakeshore Canadians, but new teams like the Petrolia Flyers, who used to be the Alvinston Flyers, are getting a new life with a new town.
Monday night the Wheatley Omstead Sharks downed the Wallaceburg Lakers 5-2. The Lakers have struggled over the last few years, with most of the problems have been in the upper office with ownership and coaching changes leaving a lot of players doubtful if there would even be a team the next season.
Tuesday Night the Dresden Jr Kings knocked off Essex 6-4. Dresden was quick to open the scoring with goals by Lucas Spence and Brodie Conlon. Matt Zelko got Essex on the board with a power-play goal before the end of the first period, then the 73’s would put 2 into the net, from Adam Gaiarin on the power play and Wyatt O’Neil, to start the second period. Dresden again fired back with 2 more goals from Nolan Vandenboorn and Brantley Kuipers on the power play to wrap up the 2nd period. Kuipers would add another in the 3rd period for his second of the night as would Conlon to grab the win 6-4.
Tonight the Wallaceburg Lakers will host the Petrolia Flyers at the Wallaceburg Memorial Arena with a 7:30 puck drop. The Flyers are in sixth spot in the division while the Lakes are in last. The Flyers will then turn around and host the Mooretown Flags on Thursday night at the Greenwood Rec Centre. Game time for that one is 7:30.
Kyle Smith of the Mooretown Flags was named October’s Player of the Month. Smith had three goals and added 10 assists in the month of October, a performance that garnered him the Player of the Month award.