Friday, September 28, 2012

Slammers sink Shipbuilders

Slammers d-man Zach Shannon scored two goals for his team
in Wednesday night's game against the Metro Shipbuilders.

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DARTMOUTH- The Woodstock Slammers earned their second victory in four games on the road last night.

The Slammers sunk the Metro Shipbuilders 7-3 in a road contest at the Dartmouth Sportsplex on Wednesday, September 26th.

Slammers head coach Jason Tatarnic took pride in the fact that his squad was able to get a good start to the contest.

"We had a great start to the game with early pressure, which allowed us to capitalize on a few chances," Tatarnic stated in an online press release. "It was a good road win."

Slammers defenseman Zach Shannon led his team with two goals and one assist for a total of three points in the game on Wednesday night. Jake Wright had one goal and one assist for a total of two points.

Shannon opened the scoring in the contest at 5:42 in the opening frame. Ben MacSwain gave the Slammers a 2-0 lead at 9:36, with Zach Whitlock scoring at 14:47 to end the first period with a 3-0 lead.

Wright scored just over six minutes into the second period, increasing Woodstock's lead to 4-0.

Bradley MacDonald was sent to the penalty box for hooking nearly twelve minutes into the middle frame, leaving the Slammers short a man, while putting Metro on a man advantage. Brett MacLean scored a shorthanded goal only 24 seconds after the penalty was called.

In the third period, the Shipbuilders wasted no time leaving their mark on the board. Darcy Burley beat Slammers netminder Sam Renault on a shot 53 seconds into the closing period, reducing the deficit to four.

Chris Riguse scored on a power play at 7:20, reducing the difference to three goals.

Only 21 seconds later, EJ Faust restored Woodstock's four-goal lead.

Anthony Cardinal netted one more goal for the Shipbuilders at 9:15 in the third. But it wasn't enough to complete the ship.

Shannon scored an unassisted powerplay goal at 12:22 to round out the scoring and seal Metro's fate.

Woodstock scored on one of four man advantage situations, and Metro also went one for four on the power play.

In the first game he played this season, Slammers goaltender
Sam Renault stopped 19 of 22 shots faced against the Metro
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Slammers netminder Sam Renault refused 19 of 22 shots in his first game in net of the 2012-13 campaign, while Shipbuilders goaltender Jeff Arkin said no to 34 of 41 shots he faced.

DeFulviis suspended for two games

The Slammers will be missing an assistant captain in tonight's home game against the Yarmouth Mariners.

Slammers assistant captain Robbie DeFulviis was recently suspended for two games due to an incident which occurred at the closing of last Friday night's game against the Truro Bearcats.

 The Slammers fell 3-2 to the Bearcats in overtime. 

DeFulviis butt-ended a member of the Bearcats squad at the end of the home game last Friday night. Butt-ending is an offense which results in a match penalty. 

Slammers make deal with Pictou 

The Slammers acquired d-man Kyle Kavanaugh this week in a deal with the Weeks Crushers. 

Woodstock also earned future considerations from the Pictou squad in exchange for the Slammers' fourth round 2013 MHL draft pick and future considerations. 

Slammers head coach Jason Tatarnic was pleased with the deal. 

"We're very happy that we were able to acquire Kyle," Tatarnic stated in an online press release. "He has great mobility and good puck skills." 

"We feel that we have added a strong piece to the puzzle on our back end. Kyle played [against the Metro Shipbuilders] and performed very well." 

The Woodstock Slammers will be back in action tonight, facing the 2012 Kent Cup finalists. 

The Slammers will play the Yarmouth Mariners at 7:30 pm at the Carleton Civic Centre. 

Woodstock defeated the Mariners 4-3 in triple overtime on April 20, 2012, claiming the 2012 Kent Cup. 

Yarmouth is ranked third in the national CJHL rankings. 

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

NB premier says decision to expel MLA from caucus was difficult

New Brunswick's premier told the Telegraph-Journal that the decision made last week to remove MLA Dr. Jim Parrott from his caucus was one of the most difficult decisions he has been faced with since taking office nearly two years ago.

Premier David Alward told the Telegraph-Journal that his fellow caucus members likely share his feelings.

"I'm sure the members of the caucus feel the same way," Alward said on Monday in a discussion about issues his government faces.

Alward defended the move, saying it was needed to maintain integrity along with a sense of teamwork within the Progressive Conservative caucus.

"This is not about one article that Dr. Parrott wrote or specific comments he made," Alward told the Saint John-based newspaper. "This is about an ongoing issue where Dr. Parrott lost the confidence of our caucus through issues of confidentiality and lack of trust."

"We work as a team, whether its our overall caucus or whether its been our southern caucus, as an example. Not everyone always agrees on every situation. We have an ample opportunity for debate and discussion."

The premier's reflection is the opposite of the remarks Parrott made upon his ouster from the Tory caucus.

A retired heart surgeon, Dr. Parrott is now an independent MLA for the Fundy-River Valley riding. He didn't feel the Alward administration provided an ample amount of opportunities for members of the caucus to give enough feedback and input on issues like health care.

"Over the [past] two years, I [have] experienced the non-access of MLAs to the actual workings of government," Parrott said last week. He added that the provincial cabinet is like a "locked box."

"There isn't enough involvement," Parrott added.

Alward was grateful for Parrott's many years of work done at the heart centre located at the Saint John Regional Hospital.

"To say we didn't value his input couldn't be [any] further from the truth," Alward says. "But we also have the responsibility to govern in a responsible way as well as act as legislators in a responsible way and no way, unfortunately, was he in that circumstance."

Parrott's former PC MLAs, Saint John-Lancaster MLA Dorothy Shephard and Rothesay MLA Ted Flemming said on Monday that they didn't understand Parrott's reasons for complaining publicly.

In a commentary written and published in the Telegraph-Journal, and in interviews, Jim Parrott blamed the Alward government for not listening to doctors and other health professionals about the changes needed in the health care system. He expressed concern about the duplicating of medical services to satisfy demands in French areas instead of the real health care needs.

Shephard and Flemming both agreed that Parrott had many opportunities to express his concerns amongst the caucus, but didn't.

"I consider myself a free thinker and I have my opinions and I voice them strongly in caucus," Flemming said. "I am given the opportunity by Premier Alward. The last thing I say in caucus is, 'Is there anyone else who has anything to say on this issue?'"

"I sat and watched Jim Parrott say nothing. So I'm perplexed. I don't understand his motives."

Shephard had spoken to numerous people about the situation and understands why some are upset.

"I understand that they think we are taking an individual and putting him out there on his own," Shephard said. "But I can't stress enough that he has chosen to take the path of being out there on his own. He chose not to come to caucus and say 'I want your help.'"

"He chose to go to the media, and in my mind, the media is your last of last resorts. It was his first course of action."

Flemming said it is clear that Parrott feels he can function more effectively as an independent MLA.

"If it quacks like a duck, floats like a duck and flies like a duck, then its a duck," Flemming says. "Well, if Dr. Parrott talks like an independent, walks like an independent, thinks like an independent, then maybe he should sit as an independent."

Flemming added that the consequences Parrott has ended up facing for his comments were self-inflicted.

"No one here has crushed the democratic process," Flemming noted. "He has chosen a particular course and the course he has chosen is to function in the public domain as an independent, as a radical, as a maverick."

With files from A copy of Parrott's criticism of the Alward government will likely be posted in an upcoming post on The Shiretown Blogger 

Slammers clawed by Bearcats in OT

Slammers bench boss Jason Tatarnic said the last two goals 
scored by the Truro Bearcats in Friday night's contest may 
not have been allowed fairly. Tatarnic argued in favor of a 
two-man referee system in the MHL. 
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WOODSTOCK- The Woodstock Slammers were edged 3-2 in sudden death overtime to the 2013 Fred Page Cup hosts, the Truro Bearcats, on Friday, September 21st.

The loss to Truro was the second consecutive defeat for the Slammers, and the first home loss of the season.

Slammers head coach Jason Tatarnic was pleased with the caliber of hockey demonstrated by both his squad and the Truro team in Friday night's contest.

"Fans watched two strong teams play a great game of hockey tonight," Tatarnic stated in an online press release. "It was a high tempo game played with intensity."

"Both teams created chances, and both goaltenders played well. One team had to lose, and it was us tonight."

Tatarnic also acknowledged the strength in this season's Fred Page tournament hosts.

"Truro is a solid hockey team, and we look forward to seeing them again," he noted. "They have a nice team. As a staff, we liked how they played tonight."

Tatarnic, joined by Slammers general manager Danny Braun, shook hands with former Slammer Philip Fife at centre ice prior to the opening faceoff. Fife was dealt to the Bearcats at the end of the 2011-12 season as a result of a future considerations deal made earlier in the season.

After a scoreless first period, Danny Harquail wasted no time getting the Slammers on the board, beating Bearcats netminder Shayne Campbell after receiving a pass from Robbie DeFulviis and Andrew Schriver at 1:18.

Dylan McGuigan tied the contest at one goal apiece at 5:06. Jake Wright restored Woodstock's one-goal lead at 7:37 in the middle frame.

Former Slammer Philip Fife beat Simon-Pier Chamberland at 11:34 in the third period, forcing extra time.

Former Slammer Philip Fife, #22, collides with a potential
former teammate at the boards in Friday night's contest.
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The game remained tied 2-2 until the clock showed 1:22 remaining in sudden death overtime. Jordan Coccimigilio scored an unassisted goal on Chamberland, sealing the Slammers' fate.

The Slammers failed to score on the power play, despite being on a man advantage on five different occasions on Friday night. Truro posted similar power play stats on Friday night, going 0 for 6 on the man advantage.

Chamberland refused 33 of 36 shots faced, while Campbell stopped 32 of 34 shots for the win.

The Slammers could argue that two of Truro's three goals scored were allowed unfairly. The second Bearcats goal appeared to have crossed the goal line after referee Steve O'Shaugnessy had blown the whistle to discontinue play. Tatarnic argued that Chamberland had covered the puck, and that the goal scored by Truro in OT was kicked in.

The Slammers' bench boss expressed support for a two-man referee system in the MHL.

"Well [in] my opinion, the best league in the world [with] the best referees [should] have a two-man referee system to ensure the correct calls are being made and that they are in the best position possible to make those calls," Tatarnic noted in an online press release. "[Friday] night, you could argue that the referee was not in the best position to make those calls, not arguing that he made the wrong call from the position he was, but you can argue that he was in the best position to make those calls."

Tatarnic added that Truro likely had similar feelings about the Slammers' second goal.

"Truro could make the same argument on our second goal," Tatarnic said.

He was pleased with the constantly improving quality of hockey in the MHL, and said that a two-man system would be the best thing for the league.

"The quality of our league has improved each season," Tatarnic explained. "The play is faster, and the players are bigger and stronger. I think as a whole, it would be in the best interests of our league to use the two-man system."

The Slammers will be back in action tonight (Tuesday, September 25th). They will be facing the Metro Shipbuilders in a road trip to Nova Scotia's port city. Results of the game against Metro were unavailable at press time.

With files from and 

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Slammers facing Truro tonight

WOODSTOCK- The Woodstock Slammers will be facing the hosts of the upcoming Fred Page Cup tournament tonight on home ice.

The Slammers will play the Truro Bearcats tonight at 7:30 pm at the Carleton Civic Centre in their third game of the 2012-13 campaign, and second home game of the season.

The Slammers have a 1-1-0 overall record so far this season, while the Bearcats have remained undefeated for three contests.

Slammers head coach Jason Tatarnic acknowledged the Bearcats' strengths, primarily in the areas of coaching.

"They are well coached defensively," Tatarnic stated in an online press release. "You have to give them credit as being a hard team to score against. You're not going to beat the Bearcats by a big [margin]."

Tatarnic added that his squad being put to the test by the Bearcats is a positive thing in regards to competition.

"They will be a hard nose team that will try to limit your space," Tatarnic said. "It will be a tough challenge, [but] as a hockey team, you want to face challenges."

"If you don't, then you're not a competitor."

Garrett Clarke, the Slammers' newest acquisition, will be joining Slammer Nation tonight. The defenseman has experience in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, and will be moving to the East Coast Hockey League at the end of the month.

Tatarnic expressed excitement about having Clarke on tonight's roster.

"[Garrett] Clarke is highly skilled," Tatarnic says. "[He] will be heading to the ECHL shortly. I have a good report with Garrett, and the door is open anytime he wants to return."

Slammers rambled by Ramblers at weekend road game in Amherst

Slammers rookie netminder Simon-Pier Chamberland stopped
30 of 33 shots faced against the Amherst Ramblers on Saturday.
September 15th. The Slammers fell 4-1 to the Ramblers on the road.

The Woodstock Slammers fell to the Amherst Ramblers 4-1 on Saturday, September 15th on the road. 

The scoring was opened by Danny Harquail at 11:53, the lone goal to be scored in the first period. 

Amherst's Maxime Richard scored on the man advantage at 12:29 in the middle frame, tying the contest at one goal apiece. 

Ramblers captain Kody Orr beat Simon-Pier Chamberland on a shot at 3:51 in period three, giving Amherst a two-goal lead. 

Ryan Caswell scored at 5:34, putting the Ramblers another point ahead. 

Brett Shute scored an empty netter at 17:54 to seal the deal. 

The Ramblers scored once on five man advantage opportunities, while the Slammers failed to score on two different power plays. 

Amherst netminder Richard Tingley blocked 26 of 27 shots faced, while Slammers rookie netminder Simon-Pier Chamberland refused 30 of 33 shots in the losing effort. 

Slammers head coach Jason Tatarnic had mixed emotions about the contest. 

"Even though we lost the game, I didn't think we played poorly, but I didn't think we played our smartest game either," Tatarnic stated in an online press release.

He added that they discussed the loss in great depth, and would feel differently if it had been later in the season.

"We talked about the loss after the game, and communicated with our guys that if this was game number forty, the staff would have a different reaction regarding some of the turnovers we made that resulted in goals (against)."

"We had a few bad bounces go our way, but when a team works hard, they usually get a bounce or two, and that is what Amherst did. They worked hard and we have to give them credit for that."

Tatarnic says that with this year's squad being composed of many new faces, it will be a learning experience.

"We have over fourteen new faces in our dressing room," he noted. "They need to learn our systems and how we expect our players to play. We like our team [and] we like the direction [in which] it is headed, and we know this season, the league will be very competitive."

"The loss on Saturday should be a healthy one, one that will educate our new players [about] the work ethic you need each night to win games in our league."

With files from and 

Note: This story was written on the afternoon of Friday, September 21st, 2012, but was not published until Saturday, September 22nd. I apologize for any inconvenience

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Road construction in Lower Woodstock

A detour is in place on Lower Main Street 
to accommodate extensive road upgrades
which are currently underway. The red line
marks the detour route.
Motorists traveling down Lower Main Street must take a detour while extensive road upgrades are being carried out.

Town of Woodstock CAO Ken Harding told CJ 104 that road work began on Lower Main Street on Wednesday, September 12th. The detour was put in place earlier today, and will not last for the entire duration of the project.

A culvert is currently being replaced by Cook's Construction crews. The grade of the street will be raised, and upgrades to sidewalks, curbing and gutter are also a component in the project.

The work is expected to be complete by the end of the month. 

Deputy Premier's letter to Speaker re: MLA expulsion

Note: The following letter from Deputy Premier and House Leader Paul Robichaud was sent to Speaker of the House Dale Graham on Thursday, September 20, 2012 regarding the ousting of Dr. Jim Parrott from the New Brunswick Progressive Conservative Party. It was published on the Telegraph-Journal's website today

Dear Mr. Speaker,

Please be advised that [,] effective immediately, Dr. Jim Parrott (sic), the member for Fundy-River Valley, is no longer a member of the Progressive Conservative Caucus. This decision has been made by the Premier and I am informing you on behalf of him and our Caucus Chair, the member for Moncton Crescent.

Dr. Parrott's (sic) privileges as a member of our caucus should cease immediately, including access to Government Member's Office (GMO) and his inclusion in distribution lists (email and otherwise). Please make arrangements to relocate his office from the space currently assigned to GMO in the Departmental Building.

Please contact me should you require any further information.


Hon. Paul Robichaud

Government House Leader 

NB premier releases one of his own

FREDERICTON- An MLA representing the Saint John area was recently dismissed from his own party by the province's premier.

Dr. Jim Parrott, an outspoken MLA for the riding of Fundy-River Valley, was kicked out of the provincial Progressive Conservative caucus by New Brunswick Premier David Alward this week.

Dr. Jim Parrott
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Alward made the announcement on the front steps of the New Brunswick Legislature in Fredericton on Thursday, Sept. 20th.

Parrott's recent criticism of the government's lack of consultation with physicians in the form of a newspaper commentary influenced Alward's decision to release him as a member of the provincial Tory caucus, but Alward said there were other issues.

"This has been an ongoing issue for some time," Alward announced in front of the Legislative Assembly, surrounded by fellow caucus members. "And I can tell you that I have met with [this] member in the past over a number of issues."

Alward added that each MLA must be able to trust the government for the political system to function properly.

"For the importance of our parliamentary system to work, there needs to be a level of trust and confidence in each member to allow for dialogue and debate," Alward told CBC News. "And I'm very disappointed to say that the member has broken that trust."

NB Premier David Alward
According to Alward, Parrott's removal from the PC party is effective immediately.

Dr. Parrott is a retired heart surgeon who calls Evandale home. The ousted MLA will continue to sit as an independent.

He expressed disappointment in the outcome of the situation.

"I'm disappointed [that] its gone this way," Parrott told CBC News.

Parrott told the CBC that he was unaware of the PC caucus meeting until receiving a call from Alward informing him of his removal. He wanted to address his constituents prior to making many further comments, but Parrott did say that there were problems that he felt needed to be addressed, and he felt that no other forum had been provided.

Parrott told the Saint John-based Telegraph-Journal that he has no plans to leave politics, in spite of his ousting from the Tories.

"I'm not going away," he told the Telegraph-Journal today.

He has the option to join another political party, but isn't considering it at present time.

"Right now, I would have to say no," Parrott told the Telegraph-Journal. "But I am passionate about getting change [made]."

The provincial Liberals are not keen on the possibility of Parrott crossing the floor to their party.

"[Jim] Parrott is a member of the Progressive Conservative Party, which disqualifies him from even being eligible to become a member of the Liberal Party, let alone caucus," Interim Opposition Leader Victor Boudreau told CBC News. "His recent comments on health care alone indicate he does not share the same values of the Liberal Party and our caucus."

Provincial Grit MLA Bill Fraser said the dismissal of Dr. Jim Parrott contradicts the platform Alward ran on during the 2010 provincial election, in which he was elected Premier of New Brunswick.

"Here we have a member of his caucus speaking up for better health care and speaking up for his constituents, which is what he was elected to do," Fraser stated. "[For] the premier to throw him out-that's pretty despicable."

Premier Alward had spent the past two weeks in China discussing trade, and it was during that time that Parrott criticized his own party's views on health care. Parrott expressed opposition to duplication of health services for New Brunswick's English and French communities, and said that the province cannot afford duality.

Alward was informed of Parrott's comments upon his return early Thursday morning. He said that his caucus had held a meeting over three days.

"It was probably the best meeting we've had as a caucus since we've come together as a government," Alward stated.

The premier added that Parrott did not show any signs of concern at the caucus meeting.

"Not once did the [MLA] for (Fundy) River Valley raise any of the issues that just a few short days later he would go and attack the government on," Alward explained. "I find that very disapponting; regrettable."

"And we had outstanding discussions during those three days."

Parrott said he was excluded from these recent caucus meetings.

"I'm disappointed I wasn't part of the caucus meeting," Parrott told the Telegraph-Journal. "Therefore, I don't consider the vote unanimous."

Alward said his party will undergo their own process to allow for the removal of Parrott from the caucus.

"The party can take a different decision," the premier told the Telegraph-Journal.

As for Parrott, the backbencher MLA expects to spend Friday cleaning out his office. He is not afraid of any political backlash associated with his comments.

"That's what an MLA is supposed to do."

With files from and 

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Transaction mishap at RBC

WOODSTOCK- A motorist who may have been attempting to make a deposit ended up withdrawing some bricks and other debris at a local bank this afternoon.

The driver of a Pontiac Grand Am avoided serious injury after 
colliding with the brick wall at the Woodstock RBC branch.
Image by Brad Perry - CJ 104
Woodstock Police, along with the Woodstock Fire Department, responded to an emergency call around 2 pm on Wednesday, Sept. 19th at the Woodstock RBC branch.

A car had jumped the curb, colliding with a brick wall and damaging the brick, concrete wall, and studs.

Woodstock Fire Chief Ricky Nicholson told CJ 104 radio that the branch manager had left the office just prior to the incident and avoided injury.

Meanwhile, the driver of the vehicle was taken to hospital, and was shaken up, but hadn't suffered any major injuries.

An investigation regarding the cause of this incident is ongoing.

Woodstock Fire Chief Ricky Nicholson and Woodstock Police
officials responded to this incident at the RBC bank this afternoon.

Image by Brad Perry - CJ 104
With files from CJ 104

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Development of old CMH property gets green light; what will be built on old hospital property remains unclear

WOODSTOCK- Woodstock town council has given the go ahead to the development of the former site of the town's hospital.

Council passed the third and final reading to rezone the former Carleton Memorial Hospital property at 785 Main Street from institutional to highway commercial at a meeting held in late August.

Fredericton-based group Greenarm Realty has proposed to develop an office building and adjacent storage shed on the hospital site, which has remained vacant since the demolition of the 55-year-old health care facility, nurses residence and maintenance building in 2009.

Woodstock CAO Ken Harding says that the property now belongs to the Fredericton-based developers. Greenarm representative Daryl Branscombe says that the development plans for the former hospital site are not yet finalized, and that they are still tweaking the plans for the layout of the site.

He was unable to share any more information regarding the future of the property.

With files from

Woodstock in need of new fire truck

Woodstock Fire Department trucks are a regular fixture in the
annual Old Home Week parades. CJ 104 radio announced last
week that the town is in need of a new fire truck.
WOODSTOCK- The Town of Woodstock is planning to replace one of its fire trucks.

According to an online news release published this week by CJ 104 radio, a leak was discovered in one of the Woodstock Fire Department's trucks.

Town of Woodstock CAO Ken Harding says that replacing the truck will cost less than repairing the problem.

"To repair it would not even be worth it," Harding told CJ 104. "Its too old a vehicle to even attempt to repair. They don't know what they will get into when they take the body off and remove the tank."

"It would be a very expensive endeavor, and way too much money to spend on an old vehicle."

At present time, the leak will not hinder any firefighting efforts, but is considered more of a nuisance than anything.

The truck's replacement will cost an estimated $225,000.

The tender to replace the truck is expected to take four to six months, so Harding hopes to begin it as soon as possible. 

Special Olympian Patty Connors showing off her newest medals at last night's Slammers game

Slammers ship Shipbuilders in season opener

Former Slammer Justin Bowers, right, was presented with a
sketch by Slammers general manager Danny Braun prior to
Friday night's game. The sketch was created by Derek Croney.
The Woodstock Slammers opened the 2012-13 Maritime Junior Hockey League campaign on Friday, September 14th with a 5-3 victory over the Metro Shipbuilders.

The contest against the former Metro Marauders began with a ceremony to honor former Slammer Justin Bowers. Bowers' number nine was retired by the Slammers at the beginning of Game 7 of the Kent Cup Final on April 20th. His banner now hangs in the rafters above the Slammers' bench.

Bowers was presented with a sketch created by NBCC Woodstock photography instructor and Slammers' team photographer Derek Croney. Slammers general manager Danny Braun was on hand for the presentation.

Banners commemorating Woodstock's Kent Cup and Fred Page Cup victories and their second place finishing were also unveiled. Wes Corey was the master of ceremonies for both presentations.

The Slammers wasted no time getting into the spirit of things, scoring shorthanded only 59 seconds into the contest. Robbie DeFulviis beat Shipbuilders netminder Anderson Snair after intercepting a pass from Shane MacDonald. DeFulviis and Jake Wright each had two goals for the Slammers.

Patrick MacIssac got Metro on the board with 3:12 remaining in the opening period, tying the game at one goal apiece to close period one.

DeFulvvis scored for the second time in the contest only 28 seconds into the middle frame, breaking the tie and giving Woodstock a 2-1 lead.

Wright scored singlehandedly at 1:39, increasing the Slammers' lead to two. He scored his second goal of the contest nearly three minutes later, with Ian Lewis and Bradley MacDonald chipping in with the assists.

Slammers captain Ryan Purvis brought Woodstock's lead to 5-1 at 4:52 in the second period. Branden Morris and Zach Shannon chipped in with the assists.

The Slammers received a bench minor at the end of the second period, placing the Shipbuilders on a man advantage. Metro made the best of the power play situation, and Ryan Davis beat Simon-Pier Chamberland on a shot after taking a pass from JP Harvey and Leon Lockwood at 2:17.

Metro made one last attempt at a victory at 7:05, scoring on another power play. Lockwood intercepted a pass from Harvey and Davis, beating Chamberland on the shot. It reduced the deficit to two, but it was to no avail.

Chamberland refused 27 of 30 shots faced for the win, while Anderson Snair blocked 10 of 15 shots faced before being relieved by Jeff Arkin in the second period. Arkin stopped all 18 shots faced.

The Slammers went 0 for 5 on the man advantage, while Metro scored on two of seven power play situations.

Slammers head coach Jason Tatarnic was impressed with his team's performance throughout the game.

"I thought we played well for the majority of the game," Tatarnic stated in an online press release.

Tatarnic also expressed satisfaction with his team's prospects.

"We received what we expected with the new additions of Robbie DeFulviis and EJ Faust," Tatarnic stated. "[Simon-Pier] Chamberland was a bit of an unknown, but we were impressed by his play in net."

Tatarnic said that the Slammers took some unnecessary penalties during the third period.

"I thought we dictated the majority of the play until we put ourselves in penalty trouble in the third period," Tatarnic explained, referring to the 18 total penalty minutes assessed to the Slammers during period three. "Part of the problem with the penalties is that there has been a miscommunication with the referees regarding new rules that have or have not been implemented within our league."

"Hopefully everyone is on the same page next Friday night. Both teams played under the same rules last night, so you can't complain, all you can do is play."

The Slammers traveled to Amherst Saturday night to face the Ramblers in a 7 pm matchup, but the results of that contest were not available at press time.

The Slammers will face the Truro Bearcats on Friday, Sept. 21st at 7:30 pm at the Carleton Civic Centre.

With files from and 

Justin Bowers' number nine banner joins Lachlan MacIntosh
and Dan Dooley's banners in the rafters at the Carleton Civic

Unveiling the banners

Wes Corey was the master of ceremonies for
the unveiling of the banners and presentation
of a sketch to Justin Bowers.
Justin Bowers
Starter Simon-Pier Chamberland stopped 27 of 30 shots faced,
leading the Slammers to a 5-3 win over the Metro Shipbuilders.
Slammers associate coach Kyle Adams getting the point across
Andrew Schriver (left foreground)
Jonny Erbs

Nick Lindstrom
Branden Morris
Facing off

Close up shot of a celebration

Slammers captain Ryan Purvis, right, scored once in Friday
night's game against Metro.

Slammers head coach Jason Tatarnic led his team to a 5-3
win over the Metro Shipbuilders on Friday, Sept. 14th.
Ian Lewis
Evan Carmody (left)

Alex White
Brett MacLean taking the face off
Ryan Purvis
Jonny Erbs and Ryan Purvis
Ryan Purvis being escorted to the penalty box by linesman
Ryan Springer, middle, and referee Thayer Doyle. Doyle
made several questionable calls in Friday night's game.