Talented centreman now third in Western Conference scoring
By Pat Payton
Prior to last Friday night’s home game, Blair Butchart was named St. Marys Lincolns’ player-of-the-month for September and received a plaque from team official Bill Lowe. The talented centreman had one goal and nine assists in seven games last month.
After a six-point night Friday against Strathroy Rockets, Butchart now has two goals and 18 points in nine games. The Palmerston native sits third overall in Western Conference scoring.
–This Friday, when Komoka Kings come to town, is ‘Pink in the Rink’ as October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Lincs will wear pink jerseys, which will be auctioned off after the game.
–Two Strathroy players, forward Daniel Aspro and defenceman Jake Mooring, were members of the Lincolns for the second half of last season. Rockets have six or seven players back from last season, including both goalies.
“We have a lot of speed up front, and we’re just a hard-working team digging in the corners,” Strathroy assistant coach Joe Pikul said prior to last Friday’s game in St. Marys. “We just have to come together as a team.”
A key addition is centre Max Ewart, back from Trenton of the OJHL.
–Alec DeKoning, a 20-year-old from Wallaceburg and a four-year veteran, currently leads the Western Conference in goals with 10.
–Following weekend action, Niagara Falls (9-0) is the only undefeated team in the GOJHL. London Nationals lost for the first time, 4-3 in overtime, to the surprising Komoka Kings (4-5) Saturday night.