TCHL: Re/Max claims share of lead

Jason Vecchio netted the winning goal and Graham Proulx had a four-point night as Re/Max handed Arlington its third consecutive loss.

A Re/Max win on Sunday coupled with an Allstar loss thrust the realtors into a tie for first place in the Trail Commercial Hockey League standings on Sunday.

Re/Max skated to a 7-5 victory over Arlington while Allstar succumbed to a revitalized cycle and sports attack falling 10-6 to Gericks.

Jason Vecchio netted the winning goal and Graham Proulx had a four-point night as Re/Max handed Arlington its third consecutive loss.

Vecchio scored the winner on a great individual effort three minutes into the second period to give Re/Max a 6-2 lead, after jumping out to a 5-2 first-period advantage on goals from Kieran Hill, Devyn Hill, Dallas Stanton, Proulx, and Justin Bedin.

Derek Harkema and Jeremy Robinson would get the Big A on the board in the first, and after going down by four goals, the Arlington mustered a second-period comeback, trimming the lead to one on a goal from Nathan Ehman and two tallies from the unlikely blade of d-man Al McMartin who netted his fifth and sixth of the season.

However, that was as close as the ‘A’ would get, as Proulx iced it making it 7-5 with two minutes remaining in the third on a set up from Luke Russell. Dyne Parker kicked in with three assists for Re/Max while Robinson had a three-point night for Arlington with a goal and two assists.

In the afternoon tilt, Gericks’ forward Craig Clare and Allstar’s Scott Davis put on a bit of a scoring clinic as Clare netted a hat trick and an assist in the 10-6 victory and Davis scored four times in a losing effort.

All Star jumped out to a 4-0 first-period lead on two tallies from Davis and markers from Brady Glover and Evan MacKay, but Gericks would chip away at the lead.

Gord Aiken scored at the 17 minute mark, and Clare would make it 4-2 two minutes later. Travis Drake would cut the lead to one, and would complete the comeback tying it four minutes into the middle frame. Incredibly, Eric Hill would give Gericks a 5-4 lead, and Clare would score their sixth unanswered goal at the 8:00 minute mark to put Gericks up 6-4. Davis would finally reply for Allstar cutting the lead to one, but Aiken would take a feed from Steve Walker and snipe the winning goal 16 minutes into the middle frame.

Davis again would draw Allstar within one, but Clare would complete his hat trick, and Walker added a pair of his own in the third period for the 10-6 victory. Drake was his usual generous self, scoring twice and adding four assists for a six-point night, while Walker also pitched in with two goals and four helpers.

The win also puts Gericks within striking distance of the Big A for the fourth and final playoff spot. The 7-13-4 Gericks trails Arlington, 8-11-5, by three points in the standings.

In Thursday’s action OK Tire defeated Allstar 4-1 on the strength of four first-period goals from Darrin Williams, Justin Adrian, Derek Chartres, and Troy Palmer. In the other match, Gericks skated to a 5-5 tie with Re/Max. Eric Hill scored twice and added an assist and Curtis Wabelin had three assists while Adam NcNeil, Mike Boisvert, and Trevor Fennell rounded out the scoring for Gericks. Parker had a pair, and Devyn Hill, Kieran Hill, and Bedin replied for Re/Max.

The TCHL resumes Thursday night with Gericks facing OK Tire at 7:15 p.m. and Allstar playing Arlington at 8:30 p.m. Action continues on Saturday with top seeds Allstar facing Re/Max at 6:45 p.m. and Arlington taking on OK Tire at 8 p.m. On Sunday, Gericks and Arlington play at 2:15 p.m. and Re/Max versus OK Tire at 3:30 p.m.