Hockey briefs: McEwan, Welch, Vanroboys, OMHA

Former Chatham Maroons forwards James McEwan of Chatham and Patrick Watling won the U Sports men's hockey championship with the University of New Brunswick Reds.

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McEwan, Watling win gold

Former Chatham Maroons forwards James McEwan of Chatham and Patrick Watling won the U Sports men’s hockey championship with the University of New Brunswick Reds.

The UNB Reds beat the Alberta Pandas 4-2 in the University Cup final Sunday in Lethbridge, Alta.

Neither McEwan nor Watling played in the championship game. Each is in his first season on the Reds.

The Reds won the University Cup for the third time in four years and eighth time in program history.

Ex-Maroon Sam Studnicka won a bronze medal with the St. Francis Xavier X-Men, who beat the Saskatchewan Huskies 5-1 in the third-place game.

UNB beat St. FX 9-1 in a semifinal Saturday.

Ex-Maroon Matt Kenney was on the Guelph Gryphons, who lost 6-1 to the Huskies in a quarter-final Thursday.

Kings’ Welch scores twice

Cameron Welch of Charing Cross scored twice in the Komoka Kings’ 3-2 win over the Leamington Flyers in Game 3 of their GOJHL Western Conference semifinal Sunday in Leamington.


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Welch scored the tying and winning goals 1:44 apart midway through the second period as the Kings rallied to take a 2-1 series lead.

The rookie forward has four goals, including two winners, and two assists in eight playoff games.

Thomas Michaud of Charing Cross scored for the Flyers.

Welch and Michaud were Chatham Maroons teammates before each was traded this season.

Ex-Outlaw sixth in U Sports

Former Chatham Outlaws goalie Erica Fryer of Amherstburg backstopped the Toronto Varsity Blues to a sixth-place finish at the U Sports women’s hockey championship in Charlottetown, P.E.I.

Fryer made 22 saves and was the Varsity Blues’ player of the game in a 2-0 loss to the Manitoba Bisons in the consolation final Sunday.

She had a 1-2 record at the tournament.

Vanroboys stars in playoff win

Lucas Vanroboys of Thamesville was the third star with one assist as the Prince George Spruce Kings beat the Chilliwack Chiefs 7-0 in Game 1 of their British Columbia Hockey League second-round playoff series Friday in Chilliwack, B.C.

Vanroboys has six points in seven playoff games for the Spruce Kings, who led the series 2-0 going into Game 3 on Monday.

Midget Lakers tied in final

The Wallaceburg Lakers split the first two games with the Penetang Flames in their Ontario Minor Hockey Association midget ‘B’ final on the weekend at Wallaceburg Memorial Arena.

The Lakers won 4-1 in Game 2 on Sunday after losing 5-4 in Game 1 on Saturday.

The next two games in the six-point series are this Saturday and Sunday in Penetang.


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Bantam Jr. Kings split two

The Dresden Jr. Kings began their OMHA bantam ‘DD’ final with the Otonabee Wolves by splitting two overtime games on the weekend in Otonabee.

After losing 5-4 on Saturday, the Jr. Kings rebounded with a 4-3 win Sunday.

The next two games in the six-point series are this weekend at the Ken Houston Memorial Agricultural Centre. Game 3 is at 4:20 p.m. Saturday and Game 4 is at 4:30 p.m. Sunday.

Also, the Dresden Jr. Kings beat the Cayuga Stars 8-1 on Saturday and 7-0 on Sunday in the first two games of their OMHA West final.

They’ll try to complete a sweep this Saturday in Cayuga.

Minor Bantams lose semifinal

The Kent Cobras lost 7-3 to the Guelph Gryphons in their OMHA minor bantam ‘AA’ six-point semifinal.

Also, Ethan Lenover scored twice for the Kent Cobras in a 4-3 loss to the Jr. Spitfires in a novice game Sunday in Windsor. Ashton Dittmer added a goal and two assists.

Lenover also had two goals and two assists Saturday in a 5-3 win over the Riverside Rangers in Windsor. Lucas Raspburg added a goal and an assist, Fisher Clark and Dittmer also scored, and Keaten Copeland had two assists.

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