Maroons Come Up Big For Randy
By Wyatt Williams
On a night when the Maroons organization and fans mourned the sudden passing of long time equipment manager Randy Dewael, his team was able to play a game he would have enjoyed. After two days earlier getting trounced in London 8-2, the Maroons bounced back and returned the favour pounding the Nationals 6-1 to even the series.
The Maroons never trailed in this game and came out with a lot of jump and intensity. London seemed unable or unwilling to match it and were trailing 2-0 after one on goals by Craig Spence and Connor Paronuzzi. In the second Lucas Fancy and Julien Gervais would score putting the Maroons up 4-0 and driving Nats starting goaltender Aiden Berry from the game. Gordie O’Dwyer came on in relief. London’s Riley Wood scored at the 9:00 mark to cut Chatham lead to 4-1.
In the third the Nationals really could not put much pressure on the Maroons, as they just didn’t seem to have the legs. London also took 3 undisciplined penalties which also hurt their efforts. Chatham’s Cameron Graham scored to make it 5-1 at 4:31, and David Brown took advantage of the power play to score Chatham’s sixth goal. Maroon goaltender Luka Dobrich had a very solid game, stopping 28 shots.
A very good crowd of 742 was on hand to watch the game. Game three goes tomorrow night in London @ 7 pm, with game four back in Chatham this coming Tuesday, 7 pm start.