Gardiner to wear 'A' for Maroons

The Chatham Maroons' opening-day roster is nearly set.

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The Chatham Maroons’ opening-day roster is nearly set.

After signing 16-year-old forward Darby Lemieux, the Maroons have one spot left on the roster.

Head coach Kyle Makaric expects to fill it after Tuesday’s 7:30 p.m. game against the Leamington Flyers at Thames Campus Arena.

“We’re hoping for a guy to show us something that we haven’t seen (so) that we can make a move,” Makaric said. “The best 22 guys are going to end up here.”

Lemieux is a Tilbury native who tied for second on the Chatham-Kent Minor Midget ‘AAA’ Cyclones last season with 25 points in 32 games. He had 15 goals and 10 assists.

The Maroons can still sign one more 16-year-old.

They intend to start the season with 22 players after originally planning to sign 23.

Makaric wants the final roster in place for their last two exhibition games in the Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League. They’ll visit Leamington on Thursday and host the Sarnia Legionnaires on Tuesday, Sept. 4.


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Gardiner to wear ‘A’

Forward Nolan Gardiner of Tilbury has been named the Maroons’ third assistant captain.

Forward Dane Johnstone is the captain. Defencemen Jake O’Donnell and Dakota Bohn are the other assistants.

Gardiner, who turns 20 this year, was acquired in the off-season after finishing last season with the Caledonia Corvairs.

He has also played in the Ontario Hockey League with Ottawa and in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League with Baie-Comeau.

GOJHL releases schedule

The GOJHL has released its long-awaited schedule for the regular season.

The Maroons will play their home opener Sunday, Sept. 16, against the Strathroy Rockets at 7 p.m. at Chatham Memorial Arena.

The regular-season finale is Sunday, Feb. 24, against the St. Marys Lincolns at Memorial Arena.

The schedule has all 25 GOJHL teams, including those who chose not to play in the annual showcase weekend Sept. 7-9 in St. Catharines.

Goure scores winner

Deni Goure scored twice in the Maroons’ 6-4 comeback win over the St. Thomas Stars before 304 fans Sunday at Thames Campus Arena.

Goure’s second goal broke a 4-4 tie at 11:42 of the third period and Dawson Garcia added an empty-netter as the Maroons improved to 2-0-1 in the GOJHL pre-season.

Kaleb Thiessen, Zach Power and Cam Welch also scored for the Maroons, who trailed 4-3 late in the second period. Tate Bowden had two assists.

“It was a pretty exciting game for the fans,” Makaric said. “It was back and forth, a lot of chances either way. A lot of young players in the game that are very talented and they showcased that with some skill plays, but obviously a few turnovers and stuff like that that we’ll tighten up for the season.


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“But, all in all, it’s always good for these young guys to come, get a good experience and, when you win at the end of the day, they all leave happy. We’re proud of our team today and the effort coming from behind and being able to close it out in the third.”

Maroons goalie Adam Harris made 33 saves. Kevin Linker and Zack Johnson of the Stars combined for 27.

The Maroons played their home exhibition opener with six veteran skaters in the lineup: Josh King, Eric Carter, Matt Murray, Thomas Michaud, Justin Badour and Garcia.

Jackson Brown, Trevor Klee, Colton Wiacek and Russell Oldham scored for the Stars.

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