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BELLE RIVER – The Wheatley Sharks face elimination after losing 2-1 to the Belle River Canadiens on Tuesday in Game 5 of their Great Lakes Junior 'C' Hockey League semifinal.

The Canadiens lead 3-2 in the best-of-seven series after winning three straight games.

Game 6 is Thursday in Wheatley at 7:30 p.m. If the Sharks win, then Game 7 will be Friday in Belle River.

Andrew Synnott scored the Game 5 winner with 1:59 left in regulation. Mark Manchurek of the Canadiens tied the score midway through the second period.

Austin Fontaine scored for the Sharks on a power play with 26 seconds left in the first period.

The Sharks have scored four goals in their three losses. Only one was at even strength.

Sharks goalie Marc Tremblay made 34 saves. Zakk Olvin stopped 32 shots for the Canadiens.

The series winner will face the Essex 73's in the final.


Blenheim's Brady Campbell of the Elmira Sugar Kings was a two-time winner at the Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League's Mid-Western Conference awards ceremony Monday.

The 20-year-old right-winger was chosen a first-team all-star. He also won the Leroy Jamieson Memorial Award for leadership, dedication and excellence to one team.

Campbell was second in goals (40) and fifth in points (69) in the Mid-Western Conference despite missing 14 games with a broken cheekbone.

He won the Sugar Kings' fan favourite award.

The ex-Blenheim Blade will play next season at the University of Maine.


Steven Szekesy of the Chatham Maroons is the GOJHL Western Conference defenceman of the month for February.

The 18-year-old from Belle River had six assists in nine games as the Maroons went 6-2-1.

Szekesy's 43 points led all Western defencemen and ranked fourth in the GOJHL.

He was second in assists (36) and fourth in points on the Maroons.

The second-year blue-liner played this season in the GOJHL prospects game and the Western Conference all-star game.

Szekesy is the fourth Maroon to win a monthly award. Goalie Darien Ekblad, defenceman Jake Flegel and forward Michael Verboom were the others.


Blake Padbury had two goals and two assists for the Chatham-Kent Golden Hawks in a 7-3 win over the Ursuline Lancers in Kent high school boys hockey Tuesday at Erickson Arena.

Lucas Stanhope also scored twice for the Hawks. Trevor Niven added a goal and two assists, Nolan Smith had a goal and an assist, and Sam MacPherson had one goal.

Tyler Udvari led the Lancers with two goals and one assist. Keenan Clark had a goal and an assist.

The Hawks are 2-0 in the season series, so they'll represent Kent in the SWOSSAA 'AAA-AAAA' final next week.

Chatham-Kent and Ursuline will play again at 3 p.m. Wednesday at Erickson to help the Hawks meet the OFSAA requirement that OFSAA-eligible teams play six league games.



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