Maroons set for home-and-home series with Flyers

The Chatham Maroons will begin a home-and-home series with the Flyers by visiting Leamington on Thursday.

Chatham Maroons' Dallas Maurovic (71) plays against the Strathroy Rockets in the third period at Chatham Memorial Arena in Chatham, Ont., on Sunday, Dec. 1, 2019. Mark Malone/Chatham Daily News/Postmedia Network

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The Chatham Maroons nearly knocked off the Leamington Flyers in their last meeting.

They’ll get two more chances to beat the Flyers in the next four days.

The longtime rivals will play a home-and-home series Thursday in Leamington and Sunday at Chatham Memorial Arena at 7 p.m.

The Maroons have won two straight games and three of four. The only loss during that stretch was a 5-4 setback against the Flyers on Nov. 24.

“It was a close game last time we played them and (we’re) coming off two big wins, so definitely a lot of confidence going into this week,” Maroons forward Dallas Maurovic said. “Hopefully get the win in both.”

Maurovic has scored in nine consecutive games. He totalled five goals in two wins last weekend.

The Maroons (11-10-1-4) are in fifth place in the Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League’s Western Conference. They’re 14 points behind the second-place Flyers (20-6-0-1).

“We approach it the same we approach every week,” Maroons captain Griffin Robinson said about this week’s preparations. “We’ve got to have a good week of practice and then just work hard in the games and do the little things right. Just keep progressing every game.”

The Maroons and Flyers have played only once this season, so there are five more meetings on the schedule.

Thunderhawks lose fifth straight

The Wallaceburg Thunderhawks are on a five-game losing streak after falling to the Flags 8-2 on Wednesday in Mooretown.

Noah Labonte and Adam Blak scored for the Thunderhawks (2-20-0-1), who are in last place in the Provincial Junior Hockey League’s Stobbs Division.

Starting goalie Jacob Lister gave up four goals on 22 shots in the first period. Nolan Hakr allowed four more goals on 26 shots in the final two periods.

Cameron Rannie had a hat trick for the second-place Flags (19-4-0-0), who led 4-1 after one period and 7-1 after two. Max Steeves added two goals, and Cade Robbins, Garrett Miller and Brodie Conlon also scored.

Flags goalie Colby Ramsdale made 30 saves.

The Thunderhawks remain nine points behind the Petrolia Flyers for the eighth and final playoff spot.

The Thunderhawks will host the Blenheim Blades at 8 p.m. Saturday at Wallaceburg Memorial Arena.

Sharks shut out by Canadiens

The Wheatley Omstead Sharks became the Lakeshore Canadiens’ latest shutout victim Wednesday in the PJHL Stobbs Division.

Canadiens goalie Romano Liburdi had a 21-save shutout in a 2-0 win before 304 fans at Wheatley Area Arena.

The first-place Canadiens (21-2-0-0) have posted 11 shutouts in 23 games. They’ve allowed only 27 goals all season.

Dylan Bradley scored twice in the first period.

Sharks goalie Kyle Metson finished with 19 saves.

The fifth-place Sharks (10-12-0-0) will visit the Petrolia Flyers on Thursday and the Amherstburg Admirals on Sunday.

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