Dutchmen dominate October selections
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Nov 13, 2013  |  Vote 0    0

Dutchmen dominate October selections

Stratford Gazette

Pat Payton

Sports editor

The Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League (GOJHL) has announced its Players-of-the-Month for October in all three Jr. ‘B’ Conferences.

In the Midwestern loop, all three position winners were from the first-place Kitchener Dutchmen—goaltender Marc Williams, defenceman John Divo and forward Keli Grant.

Williams posed a 1.38 goals-against average and a sparkling .954 save percentage last month, winning all five of his starts. Williams, 18, hails from Waterloo.

Big, strong blue-liner Divo, 19, is in his third season with the Dutchmen. The 6 ft., 4 inch, 200 lb. Kitchener native also contributed seven points in October.

Grant is leading the Dutchmen in scoring with 31 points in 19 games. Last month, the 20-year-old Kingston native collected 10 goals and 16 points in nine games. He’s also a third-year member of the team.

Kitchener (18-3) extended its win streak to 16 games with a pair of victories this past weekend.

--With three players still injured (Jeff McArdle, Shane O’Brien and Zach Van Louwe) and another (defenceman Jake Pleon) suspended for one game, Cullitons called up two affiliate defencemen for Sunday’s game in Brampton.

Keaton Middleton, 15, plays for the Huron-Perth ‘AAA’ Minor Midget Lakers, and Greg Hansford is a member of the H-P Major Midget Lakers. “Both guys played well,” coach Phil Westman reported.

Middleton and Hansford were in tournaments on the weekend, and Sunday’s game was the fifth for both, he noted.

--Cullitons continue to lead the GOJHL in powerplay goals with 39 in 22 games.

Waterloo Siskins and London Nationals both have 34 man-advantage goals, and Caledonia Corvairs 31. Caledonia is a perfect 20-0 atop the Golden Horseshoe standings.

--The losing streak for Listowel Cyclones (5-11-5) has reached 11 games.

Since Oct. 6, the Cycs have gone 0-8-3. This Thursday, they go into Brantford just two points ahead of the last-place 99ers (6-15-1).

--Last week, the beleaguered St. Marys Lincolns were trying to convince forward Jonathan Langford to come south and join the Western Conference team.

Langford, a 20-year-old from North Cobalt, recently left the Cyclones and returned home. In 18 games with the Cycs, Langford had eight goals and one assist.

Last season with the Cullitons, Langford had 10 goals and 20 points in 45 games. He added seven goals in the playoffs, including five in one game against Cambridge in the Midwest final.

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