Maroons Have Vipers In A Stranglehold

Chatham Maroons

Maroons forward Ashton Jones (2) is hauled down in front of Vipers goaltender Mathew Sbrocca by Vipers defenceman Owen Findlay (14). Findlay would receive a penalty on the play. The Maroons would win the game by a 4-3 score, and now have a commanding 3-1 lead in the best of seven series – Photo by Wyatt Williams/

By Wyatt Williams

After dropping their first game and having to pull a third period comeback win in game two, the Maroons now have the Vipers one win from elimination.

Last night in front of a large crowd Sunday night at the Memorial the Maroons beat the Vipers by a 4-3 score to go up 3-1 in the best of seven series.

The teams played to a 0-0 score in the first. Early in the second the Vipers Jack Bowler put the Vipers up 1-0. The Maroons replied two minutes later at the 3:31 mark when Adrian Stubberfield was able to drive the net and get the puck past Viper goaltender Mathew Sbrocca, all while having a Viper defender draped all over him. AJ Ryan put the Maroons up 2-1 when he scored at 15:96 mark. Four minutes later LaSalle would tie the game up 2-2 when Aaron Shaw scored. At this point Maroons coach Tyler Roeszler took his timeout to settle his team down. The Maroons regained the lead when Dallas Maurovic scored 14:40 into the period.

Maurovic then scored again at the 17:23 mark to give the Maroons an insurance marker, and the period would end with the Maroons leading 4-2.

In the third LaSalle’s Jack Bowler brought his team to within one when he scored his second of the night, five minutes into the third. That would be all the scoring and the game would end 4-3 in favour of Chatham. The Maroons played a very good game, with lots of jump. Their forechecking caused the Vipers issues trying to clear their zone. The Maroons also got solid goaltending from their goaltender Kevin Linker.

The two teams return to action in LaSalle this Wednesday, and then if needed return to the Memorial, Saturday March 7 for a 2 pm matinee game.

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