Maroons Taking On League’s Elite

Michael Levesque of the Chatham Maroons against LaSalle Vipers

Michael Levesque in front of the LaSalle net – Photo by Helen Heath

No more will the LaSalle Vipers and Leamington Flyers be mentioned alone as the GOJHL Western Conference’s elite teams. After both suffered losses to the Chatham Maroons last week, they’ll have to make room for the league’s new challenger.

The Chatham Maroons have undergone a roster makeover under new coach and general manager Mark Davis, which has seen the addition of reigning league MVP Adam Arseneault and all-star Kyle Brothers on forward, and all-star Tanner Ferguson on the blueline.

Sunday, Chatham defeated first place LaSalle 7-6 in overtime, with Arseneault firing on all cylinders, potting three goals and an assist. His set up man, Kyle Brothers, notched a five point game, scoring twice and adding three assists in the win.

Mainstays Steven Szekesy had four assists, while captain Michael Verboom had two goals.

Arseneault’s overtime winner came only 29 seconds into the extra frame, with Brothers and Szekesy assisting. The win was backstopped by 16-year-old netminder Brendan Johnston who just returned from backing up the OHL’s Windsor Spitfires.

Earlier in the week, Chatham split a home and home with the Leamington Flyers, winning 3-2 and losing 5-4.

November will continue to be an important month for the Maroons as they do a loop of the league, facing facing six different teams, including Leamington and LaSalle once, and last place St. Marys twice.

Chatham will travel to St. Marys this Friday, before hosting the London Nationals Sunday at Memorial Arena.

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