Maroons will try to continue turnaround against Vipers

The Chatham Maroons are on a three-game point streak since installing general manager Tyler Roeszler as head coach.

Chatham Maroons' Braedon Caetano (8) is chased by LaSalle Vipers' Colton Krzeminski (72) in the third period at Chatham Memorial Arena in Chatham, Ont., on Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019. Mark Malone/Chatham Daily News/Postmedia Network

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The Chatham Maroons are on a three-game point streak since installing general manager Tyler Roeszler as head coach.

They’ll go for their third consecutive win Sunday when the LaSalle Vipers visit Chatham Memorial Arena at 7 p.m.

The Vipers lead the season series 4-0 and have outscored the Maroons by a combined 27-10.

“They’ve definitely taken it to us, so it’s something we’re looking to get back at,” Maroons goalie Kevin Linker said. “… It’s a big test. We’ll be looking forward to it and we’ll be ready to go.”

The Maroons (8-8-1-4) have returned to the .500 level by going 2-0-0-1 since firing second-year head coach Kyle Makaric.

They’re in fifth place in the Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League’s Western Conference.

“We have a great group of players who are enjoying coming to the rink and learning every day,” Roeszler wrote to the Daily News. “We just have to keep using this momentum to continue to develop as a team and as individual players.”

They haven’t played since last Sunday, but that gave them a chance to practise three times this week and continue to learn Roeszler’s systems.

“It’s good,” Maroons forward Dallas Maurovic said. “Practise more on the systems. Practising with our lines more, keep working on the chemistry. Three more times on the ice, three more times to try to get better.”

Roeszler likes the Maroons’ progress in the past two weeks.

“We are starting to learn and understand how we need to play every night to be successful,” he wrote. “We have seen continued growth within our team every game we’ve played. We just want to use this positive start to keep things rolling.”

Roeszler wants the Maroons to be more aggressive when they’re going after the puck.

“We are starting to understand the habits and plays that result in us having the puck more often and generating more offensive chances,” he wrote. “The majority of creating more offence happens on the defensive side of the puck and in managing the puck properly: chipping pucks behind their defence so we can be first on it, eliminating time and space as a unit of five all over the ice, and possessing the puck once we have it.”

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