By Pat Payton
Veteran forward Ethan Lamoureux was honoured as St. Marys Lincolns’ Quadro player-of-the-month for November prior to last Friday night’s game. He received a plaque from Lincs’ vice-president Bill Lowe.
Currently the Lincolns’ scoring leader, the 19-year-old from Ilderton had five goals and 11 points last month. The hard-working Lamoureux leads the Lincs in scoring with 11 goals and 31 points in 26 games. He also leads the team in powerplay goals with five.
–The 2021 St. Marys minor hockey raffle winner is Mark Armstrong, of St. Marys.
Armstrong’s ticket was drawn during last Friday night’s Lincolns’ game at the PRC. He takes home the grand prize of $15,000 in cash. All 500 tickets were sold in this year’s draw.
–Lincolns’ forward Kevin Perrott was recently given a five-game suspension after picking up a fighting major, plus instigator and aggressive penalties during a Dec. 11 game in Komoka.
Perrott, 18, served the first two games of his sentence this past weekend.
–Injury report. Lincs’ winger Eric Smith is currently sidelined with an upper-body injury and is expected to miss several games in the New Year. He was injured Dec. 11 in Komoka. After sitting out the last four games with an upper-body injury, teammate Kieran Moore will return to the St. Marys line-up early in 2022.
–Due to high Covid-19 case counts, particularly the Omicron variant, in London, the Chatham Maroons opted not to travel to London last Wednesday (Dec. 15) to face the Nationals, forfeiting the game and the two points.
It appeared to be strictly an internal decision by the Chatham hockey club. The first-place Nats were awarded a 1-0 win.
In a message to Postmedia, GOJHL Commissioner Brent Garbutt said although he understands the Maroons’ organization was concerned about the Covid-19 Omicron variant situation in London, the league didn’t find postponement or rescheduling the game was warranted.
–A failure to follow the GOJHL’s mandatory vaccination policy has resulted in five teams in the Golden Horseshoe Conference forfeiting a combined 19 victories.
With 13 wins reverted to 5-0 defeats and the loss of consolation points in three overtime losses, Niagara Falls Canucks are the Jr. ‘B’ team most affected by the sanctions announced last Friday. Canucks lost 29 points in total and fell from third place to dead last in the eight-team conference. As well, a member of the Canucks organization has been suspended indefinitely.
Both the Hamilton Kilty B’s and Thorold Blackhawks each had two victories taken away for having ineligible players participating in games.
–Former Lincolns’ forward Alessio Luciani (2016-17) is currently the team scoring leader at Adrian College, an NCAA Division 3 team in Michigan.
The 23-year-old Toronto native has three goals and 14 points in nine games. Now in his Junior year, he had 32 points and 36 points, respectively, in his first two seasons with the Bulldogs. Adrian College is about 36 miles southwest of Ann Arbor.
In his lone season in St. Marys, Luciani had 24 goals and 58 points in 50 games to lead the team in scoring, then added 10 points in five playoff games. He went on to play two seasons in the OJHL with Markham Royals.
–Former Lincs’ sniper Seth Griffith (2009-10) was recently called up by Edmonton and helped the Oilers defeat the Seattle Kraken 5-3 last Saturday night.
Griffith started this season with Bakersfield Condors, Edmonton’s American League farm club. He attended the Oilers’ NHL training camp in the fall. Griffith, 28, is leading the Condors in scoring with six goals and 18 points in 18 AHL games.
The Wallaceburg native was just 16 when he spent one season in St. Marys, then went on to play three years with the OHL’s London Knights. He was originally drafted in the fifth round by the Boston Bruins in 2012.