The Leamington Flyers beat the Chatham Maroons 4-1 on Thursday, leaving the teams tied for second place in the GOJHL Western Conference.
The Chatham Maroons had a chance Thursday to put some distance between themselves and the Leamington Flyers.
Instead, the teams are tied again for second place in the Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League’s Western Conference.
The Flyers scored three unanswered goals in the final two periods for a 4-1 win in front of 778 fans at Highbury Canco Arena in Leamington.
Ex-Flyers forward Maddux Rychel scored the lone goal for the Maroons (19-9-1-3).
The loss ended their five-game point streak (4-0-1-0).
The Maroons hadn’t made any moves late Thursday as the league’s trade deadline loomed. They have 21 players, two below the limit.
“Lots of talk, just not the right fit,” assistant general manager Kevin Fisher said.
The Maroons and Flyers (19-7-1-3) are nine points behind the first-place London Nationals.
London has played three more games than Chatham and five more than Leamington.
Maroons goalie Adam Harris made 23 saves. Zach Borgiel of the Flyers made 24.
The teams were tied 1-1 after the first period.
Blake Blain opened the scoring for the Flyers at 4:58, but Rychel replied 25 seconds later with the tying goal.
Rychel has eight goals in 16 games since being acquired from the Flyers with fellow forward Griffin Robinson.
Borgiel made 16 saves in the final two periods while shutting out the Maroons, who enjoyed a long two-man power play in the middle frame.
Preston Corp scored the winning goal with 40 seconds left in the second period.
Michael Andrews scored in the third period at 1:35. Dylan Weston followed with the Flyers’ fourth goal at 4:37.
The Maroons will visit the Strathroy Rockets on Saturday and host the Sarnia Legionnaires at 7 p.m. Sunday at Chatham Memorial Arena.