Stars clip Maroons in shootout

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ST. THOMAS – Hoping to avoid their second straight loss Thursday, the Chatham Maroons ran into the wrong team.

The St. Thomas Stars continued their mastery over the Maroons with a 5-4 shootout win in front of 570 fans at St. Thomas Timken Rink.

Michael Verboom of the Maroons scored with 2:36 left in the third period to force overtime, but Chatham couldn't avoid its 11th loss in 12 games against St. Thomas.

Brennan Feasey had his second consecutive two-goal game for the Maroons, who held three one-goal leads.

Brayden Hopkins also scored and Darien Ekblad stopped 31 shots.

The Maroons remain one point ahead of the Leamington Flyers in the Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League's Western Conference.

The Flyers beat the Lambton Shores Predators 4-2 in Leamington.

Despite their second straight loss, the Maroons extended their point streak to three games. (They lost in overtime to the Predators last Sunday.)

It's their third two-game losing streak of the season. They have yet to lose back-to-back games in regulation.

The Maroons will try to avoid their first three-game skid Sunday when the Sarnia Legionnaires visit Memorial Arena at 7 p.m.

They led 2-1 after one period Thursday on goals by Hopkins and Feasey. Kyle Flemington scored for the Stars.

Drew Collinson scored the tying goal 12 minutes into the second period, but Feasey restored the Maroons' lead at 16:44.

Martin Kudla of the Stars replied at 18:58 with a short-handed goal for a 3-3 tie.

The Stars took their first lead when Ian MacDonald scored with 5:22 left in the third period. Verboom answered less than three minutes later.

The Stars outscored the Maroons 2-1 in the shootout.

St. Thomas goalie Devin Golets made 31 saves for the win.

The Maroons (25-9-5) fell to 9-6-4 on the road. They have one fewer win than the Flyers but have one game in hand.

NOTES: Trevor Richardson had two assists. Verboom also had a two-point night, increasing his team-leading total to 44 points. ... Eric Palazzolo scored for the Maroons in the shootout. Colin Mooney and Kudla scored for the Stars. ... Chatham was 0-for-6 and St. Thomas was 0-for-3 on the power play. ... The Stars lead 4-1 in the season series. The teams play again Feb. 7 in St. Thomas.

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