A champions has been crowned in the Great Lakes Junior C Hockey League, as the Essex 73s beat Wheatley yesterday 7-4, completing the sweep. The Sharks were down 4-0 early, and clawed their way back to make the score 4-3, but the 73s proved to be too much. Alex Garon and Jordan Brohman both had hat tricks for Essex. The win makes it back-to-back championships for Essex, who have won nine of the past 12 years in the Great Lakes loop. Essex now advances to the Ontario Hockey Association’s Schmalz Cup quarter-finals.
The Chatham Maroons knocked out the Lambton Shores Predators on Saturday night with a 6-4 win. The Maroons will move on to the next round of the playoffs.
The Windsor Spitfires pounded the London Knights 8-1 yesterday.
A quick note about Wallaceburg’s Seth Griffith. He has his cast off now after recovering from a broken hand. He hopes to play a couple regular season games before playing in the playoffs.
Guelph beat Sarnia 4-2.
Edmonton 6 at 5 Chicago – This is the second consecutive loss for the Hawks after ending their record breaking start to the season. Chatham’s Ryan Jones was not in the line-up.
Columbus 3 at 2 Detroit (SO) – Jakub Kindl, Johan Franzen
NY Rangers 4 at 1 Washington
Montreal 5 at 2 Florida – Michael Ryder (2)
Winnipeg 2 at 3 New Jersey (SO)
NY Islanders 1 at 6 Pittsburgh
Buffalo 2 at 3 Philadelphia
Vancouver 2 at 4 Minnesota
San Jose 2 at 3 Colorado (OT)
St. Louis 2 at 4 Anaheim
Northern Ontario’s Brad Jacobs wins the Canadian men’s curling championship. His team from Sault Ste. Marie downed Manitoba’s Jeff Stoughton 11-4 in Sunday’s final at the Tim Hortons Brier. It’s the first Canadian championship for a Northern Ontario team since Al Hackner won it in 1985, the year Jacobs was born.
Washington 1 at 2 Detroit
NY Yankees 3 at 0 Toronto
Canada slipped on the edge of history, giving up a late lead and falling 9-4 to the United States on Sunday in a must-win game that eliminated the team from the World Baseball Classic.