Five players request trades over Christmas break
JUNIOR HOCKEY NOTEBOOK
By Pat Payton
Special to the Independent
Over the holiday break, the Independent learned that five players are no longer with the GOJHL’s St. Marys Lincolns.
Forwards Nick Jung, Tanner Hertel and Matt Zilke, defenceman Oliver Wieringa and goalie Tristan Lewis all requested to be moved to other Junior teams. Lincs are fighting for a playoff spot, and the loss of these key players makes the task that much tougher. Jung and Hertel were tied for second place in team scoring, and netminder Lewis faced 40 to 50 shots per night and kept Lincolns in games with his stellar play.
Jung, 19, has returned to Mitchell Jr. ‘C’ Hawks, a team he played with the last two years. Lincs’ interim GM Bill Bourne said the Monkton resident apparently had a “previous arrangement” to leave the team during the season if he wasn’t happy.
Citing “work commitments” as his reason for a trade, Hertel has been dealt to Wingham Jr. ‘C’ Ironmen. In return for the 18-year-old Stratford native, Lincolns have acquired defenceman Jacob Bishop from the Ironmen.
Zilke, 20, and Wieringa, 17, both requested to be dealt to Woodstock Jr. ‘C’ Navy-Vets. Zilke hails from Embro and Wieringa from Woodstock. Lincs want players in return for both skaters.
“It’s his wishes to play at home,” Bourne said of Wieringa, a 6 ft., 6 inch, 250 lb. blue-liner. “For sure, we’ll get a player in return. No player, no deal.
“We’re working hard to get replacement players. I don’t want cash, I want players,” he added.
Netminder Lewis, a 19-year-old from Port Elgin, gave Lincolns a list of OJHL teams (Provincial Tier II Jr. ‘A’) that he wants to be traded to. “No takers so far,” Bourne said last week. “We have a couple of irons in the fire for goalies.”
–Lincs, meanwhile, added a new forward just before Christmas. He’s Ethan McDonald, a 17-year-old Londoner who was playing for the Brantford 99ers ‘AAA’ Major Midgets.
–In the GOJHL’s Future Stars game Dec. 28 in Ancaster, Lincolns’ Dalton Bancroft had a goal and an assist for Team Pietrangelo in a 6-2 victory over Team Ludzik. Bancroft was named player-of-the-game for his efforts.
Two other players represented St. Marys in the Future Stars game (for 16 year olds). Forward Michael Andrews played for Team Pietrangelo and defenceman Jake Weston for Team Ludzik.
In the Top Prospects game that followed, Team 2 held a wide 47-21 advantage in shots, but lost 5-2 to Team 1. St. Marys native Kaleb Pearson, a member of the Stratford Warriors, had a goal and an assist for Team 1, while Lincs’ centre Clayton Lewis played for Team 2.
–In other Lincs’ news, Bancroft and Andrews played two games as affiliate players for Trenton Golden Hawks over the holiday break. Trenton is a member of the OJHL.