Verboom Helps Maroons Ground Flyers
Verboom scored on the power play at 3:22 into the first period to make the score 1-0 Chatham and again while 8:47 into the second to make the score 2-1 Chatham.
Leamington was stymied by the Maroons netminder Darien Ekblad, who stopped 27 shots during the victory. The solid play of Ekblad will be reflected in his goals against average, which pre-game was 2.86.
Chatham racked up the penalties in the contest, and ended with seven minors and one major for 29 minutes in penalty time. The total exceeded the 22.0 minutes per game the Maroons had been spending in the box. Chatham put up an impenetrable defensive front on the penalty kill, and did not allow the Flyers to score on any of their six power plays. The Maroons forced Leamington goalie Matt Mancina to work between the pipes, taking 48 shots.
Chatham also got a goal from Ian Faubert as well. In addition, Chatham received assists from Steven Szekesy, Alexander Morgan, and Brennan Feasey, who each chipped in one and Morris Branden and Blake Blondeel, who contributed two a piece.
The Flyers forced their penalty killing units to work especially hard during the game, picking up seven minors and one major for 29 minutes in penalty time. Leamington had been averaging 20.0 minutes in penalties per game. The Flyers’ offense operated below they season average. Leamington puts an average of 3.6 pucks into the net per game.
The Flyers were led by Myles Doan, who scored the team’s only goal. Doan scored 1:15 into the second period to make the score 1-1. David Dalby provided the assist.
Chatham registered one goal on seven power play opportunities. Team’s Michael Levesque and Feasey were slapped with misconducts and ejected from the game. Mancina recorded 44 saves for Leamington. For the Flyers, Cole Chevalier and Jared Dennis were ejected from the contest.
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