The Chatham Maroons seem to have saved some of their best hockey for the most important time of the year.
Chatham disposed of the St. Thomas Stars on Tuesday night with a 5-1 victory, sweeping through the first round.
Kevin Gursoy wrapped up the series on a high note, netting a hat trick, with two goals in the second and adding a dagger with 17 seconds left in the third. Noah Bushnell opened the scoring for Chatham in the first. Dakota Bohn added another tally before the end of the opening frame. Austin Thompson and Brendan D’Agostino added two assists each on goals from Gursoy.
Port Lambton’s Brendan Johnston continued his strong play in the series clincher and is currently the playoff’s top backstop in the entire GOJHL. In four playoff tilts, the Maroons goaltender is 4-0, allowing only five goals, with a goals-against-average of 1.25 and a remarkable save percentage of .966.
Chatham outscored St. Thomas 17 to 5 in the opening round.
The Maroons await a likely second round match-up with the third seeded London Nationals, currently up three games to one over St. Mary’s. Leamington leads Sarnia 3-1, while the top ranked LaSalle Vipers also swept Strathroy on Tuesday night.