When it comes to sports this past weekend it was not all Superbowl upsets and Eagles flying high. In local minor hockey and the West Stobbs Division there were some changes made to the leader board and the difference in who is first and who is not is just one little point.
Friday night took us into the first weekend of February and the Petrolia Flyers went into the Atlas Centre to face the Lakeshore Canadiens. It would take until the second period before the Canadiens would open up the scoring with two goals, one by Dylan Bradley and then Kyler Carter would score on the powerplay. The Flyers would work their powerplay opportunities well going one for two, as Kole Keating would bring Petrolia to within one on his powerplay goal. Michael Long would notch another powerplay goal in the third period and secure the 3-1 victory for Lakeshore.
The Dresden Jr Kings would host the Wheatley Sharks on Friday as well and the Kings would double up the Sharks as they came out strong on home ice scoring two in the first period. Kevin Ritzer would score both of the Dresden goals in the first period one at even strength and one on the powerplay. The Sharks would have eight powerplay opportunities in this game and could not capitalise on one of them. Dresden would stretch their lead to 3-0 thanks to an early second-period goal by Nolan VandenBroorn, just 13 seconds into the frame. Wheatley would mount a bit of a comeback with goals from Alixe Saliba and Dawson Iles, but a third period goal by Kenny Chisolm put this one in the books, and the Kings double up the Sharks 4-2.
The Mooretown Flags hosted the Blenheim Blades on Saturday night and the Blades should have turned down the invite. This one was penalty-filled from the get-go. Each team would receive two penalties for fighting in the second period and both teams would have over 15 infractions throughout the game. Bryce Broad would open the game up with a powerplay goal for the Blades and then the Flags took over. Colton Osbourne and Ryan Lyle would each score on the power play to end the first period. Under two minutes into the second period and the Flags were on the scoreboard again as Logan Gardner would get a short-handed goal and then two seconds later Matt Sawatzky would score shorthanded as well. After that, the penalties really started to happen as fights broke out twice in the period. Cameron Rannie would get his first of two on the night, with an even-strength goal to end the second period. Brent Blais would get the first goal in the third period and then Rannie would get his second on the night to close out the period and give Mooretown a 7-1 win.
With Lakeshore picking up wins last Monday Tuesday and Friday they now take the top spot in the West Stobbs Division. They lead Dresden by one point in the standings. The Essex 73’s still are in the hunt as they are in third place just three points behind Dresden