Hockey briefs: Sharks, Kings, Maroons

The Wheatley Omstead Sharks continued their mastery over the Essex 73's with a 5-3 win Wednesday.

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Sharks’ Caetano scores twice

The Wheatley Omstead Sharks continued their mastery over the Essex 73’s with a 5-3 win Wednesday.

The Sharks own a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven Stobbs Division quarter-final in the Provincial Junior Hockey League.

The fifth-place Sharks have won all seven games against the fourth-place Essex 73’s this season.

Ex-Chatham Maroons forward Braedon Caetano scored twice for the Sharks and Kyle Metson made 25 saves before 507 fans at Wheatley Area Arena.

Ex-Maroon Alixe Saliba, Jordan Gualtieri and Lucas Poisson also scored for the Sharks.

Alex Demers, Preston Corp and Liam Hall scored for the 73’s. Jax D’Hondt made 23 saves.

The series continues Saturday in Essex and Sunday in Wheatley at 6 p.m.

Kings blown out in opener

Tyler Beneteau scored for the seventh-place Dresden Kings in an 11-1 loss to the second-place Mooretown Flags in Game 1 of their PJHL Stobbs Division quarter-final Wednesday in Mooretown.

Losing goalie Connor Ogg gave up five goals on 45 shots and Aiden Lucyk allowed five more on 18 shots.

Trevor Bogaert scored twice and Jake Wilkins made 37 saves for the Flags, who led 3-1 after one period and 7-1 after two.

Blake Howard, Cameron Rannie, Greg Hay, Garrett Miller, Dawson Winchester, Dawson Vautour, Brody Genyn, Nolan Farr and Daniel Fraleigh also scored.

Game 2 is at 7:30 p.m. Friday in Dresden. Game 3 is Saturday in Mooretown.

Also Wednesday, the Amherstburg Admirals beat the Petrolia Flyers 3-2 in Game 1.

Skate with Maroons on Sunday

Fans can skate with the Chatham Maroons after Sunday’s game against the St. Thomas Stars at Chatham Memorial Arena.

The players will also sign autographs and pose for photos.

The opening faceoff is at 7 p.m.

Maroons lose ground to Vipers

Aaron Shaw scored the winning goal with 22 seconds left in the third period as the LaSalle Vipers beat the Strathroy Rockets 4-3 on Wednesday in the Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League’s Western Conference.

The fourth-place Vipers moved five points ahead of the fifth-place Chatham Maroons.

The Vipers (23-16-1-5) have five games left and the Maroons (19-16-1-8) have six.

Former Chatham-Kent Cyclones forward Brendan Mairs scored twice for the Rockets.

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