Minor hockey weekend wrap-up

Dresden moves into first place in the Division

Kings and Lakers duke it out in a gruelling, grinding game.

Things changed in the West Stobbs Division as Dresden would get three wins over the weekend.  The Kings now sit a top of the division with 54 points.

Lakeshore Canadiens v. Petrolia Flyers

Friday night saw the Lakeshore Canadiens host the Petrolia Flyers at the Atlas Centre. Tight hockey as neither team would be able to score in the first period. The hometown team would start the scoring off in the second with Jarrett Tazzman hitting the back of the net at the 5:06 mark.  Petrolia would answer with a goal from Mike Hunt but that in turn would lead to Brandon Ireland scoring a short-handed goal for the Canadiens to take the lead.  The Flyers would make it a tie game before the end of the second period as Hunter Bryce would hit the back of the net.   The third period would be all Lakeshore as they would score three goals, one from Hunter Bailey, a powerplay goal from Steven Sartor and an empty net goal from Kyle Brothers to give the Canadiens a 5-2 win.

Wallaceburg Lakers v. Dresden Kings

The Wallaceburg Lakers may be in the basement in the West Stobbs Division but they are putting up good fights in the games they are playing.  The Lakers took on the Dresden Kings on Friday and took the Division Leaders to the limit.  Austin Bentley would open the scoring for the visiting Lakers in the first period but Dresden would tie things up before the end of the frame on a Kevin Ritzer goal.  From then on Wallaceburg would get into trouble with penalties.  The Lakers would be 0 for 8 on the powerplay while Dresden would be 3 for 9 and it would be those three powerplay goals that would be the edge for Dresden. Nolan Vanderboorn would open the second period up with an unassisted powerplay goal, but, Wallaceburg would tie the game up as Austin Bentley would get his second of three on the night.  Kenny Chisolm would score in the third again on the powerplay but again the Lakers would tie it up as Bentley would finish out a hat trick.  Once again the powerplay would be the deciding factor in the game as Lucas Spence would score with the extra man.  A hard fought 4-3 win for the Kings against a very game Wallaceburg team.

Dresden Kings v. Mooretown Flags

Dresden would again be in action on Saturday night as they would travel to Mooretown to play the Flags.  Another tight game as both goalies would face over 70 shots combined.  Logan Gardner of the Flags would open the first-period scoring with a powerplay goal and that would be the only scoring in the opening frame, but Dresden would tie things up in the second by way of a Lucas Spence goal.  Brett Farr would again give the Flags the lead with an unassisted goal in the 3rd but Dresden would answer with a powerplay goal of their own by Keven Ritzer.  With the game at 2 apiece, the teams went into overtime.  Nolan Ross would get the game-winner at 1:49 of OT to secure a 3-2 win for Dresden.  Both Brendan Johnston of the Kings and Jake Wilkins of the Flags played outstanding in the nets for their teams.

Dresden Kings v. Blenheim Blades

Dresden would cap off a three-game winning streak weekend as they doubled up the Blenheim Blades at the Blenheim Memorial Arena. 4-2.  Nolan Vanderboorn would pick up two goals in that one for the Kings.

Lakeshore Canadiens v. Amherstburg Admirals

Another bit of a shocker on Sunday night as the Lakeshore Canadiens downed the Amherstburg Admirals 3-1 on the road.  One of the biggest shocks of the game is that it was played totally clean, not a single penalty was called.  With that win over the Admirals the Canadiens moved into a tie for third spot in the division with the Essex 73’s.

Amherstburg Admirals v. Wheatley Sharks

Monday night saw the Admirals back to their normal selves as they dominated the Wheatley Sharks 6-1.  Caleb Paquette would pick up a hat trick in this one, one of those goals being short handed.  Ben Larder was excellent in net turning away 30 of the 31 shots he faced.

With Dresden not playing until Friday night things could change again before next weekend as there is only three points separating the top four teams in the division.

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