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Merchants Fall to Mounties and Braves
By Colin Percy for the Norwich Gazette

The Norwich Merchants were looking to carry forward the momentum from a three point weekend when they took on the the streaking Paris Mounties and first place Tavistock Braves over the weekend.

The team hosted Paris on Friday night and caught the visitors off guard when Blake Pow deflected home a shot 56 seconds into the game. The lead quickly vanished when Paris equalized 1:24 later. Paris would take their first lead with 5:37 left in the first period before Harlen Vanwynsberghe slotted in his 6th goal of the season in the frame's final minute to send the team's to the dressing room knotted at two. The second period was very different for Norwich. To say the least, it was disastrous. Paris scored 3:37 into the second period and again at the 6:05 mark. They would add two more in a 1:23 span to lead by four. Paris weren't done there as they found the back of the net three mote times in the period before Dan Gallagher scored with 26 seconds left. The damage was done though as Paris took a 9-3 lead into the third period. Norwich came out with some jump in the third period coming close at times including a shot of the crossbar, but couldn't mount an historic comeback falling 9-3 to their Brant County rivals. Gallagher had the lone Norwich assist while Brandon McIntosh made 17 saves and Tyler Gubesch 8 in the loss.

On Saturday afternoon, the team traveled to Tavistock to take on the Braves for the final time this season. This time it was Norwich who was caught off guard when Tavistock scored 23 seconds into the game. They would add a powerplay goal 4:44 later and made it a three goal lead 2:22 into the second period. Ryan Dayman wired home a shorthanded goal 21 seconds later to get Norwich on the board. Vanwynsberghe cut the lead to one 1:41 later. Tavistock would add 1 more to restore their two goal leader before the second period buzzer sounded. Tavistock put the game to rest scoring a powerplay goal and a shorthanded tally in the third period. Seth Lamoure would add a consolation prize in the final minute, but Norwich still fell 6-3 to the Braves. Pow had the lone assist for Norwich while McIntosh made 37 saves in the loss.

Norwich will look to rebound with a pair of road games this weekend including a vital tilt on Friday when the visit the New Hamburg Firebirds at 7:30pm. New Hamburg sit only 1 point ahead of Norwich in the standings. Norwich wrap up the weekend on Saturday at 8pm when they visit the winless Delhi Travellers.


OVERTIME

The Norwich Merchants have a couple of exciting events on the horizon. On Friday Dec 22nd, they host the Burford Bulldogs at 8pm. This will also feature the team's annual Christmas Chili Party featuring Mrs. Shirley Miller's world famous chili along with some pizza. All are welcome. On Saturday January 6th, the team will host the PJHL Doherty Division All-Star & Prospects game. The all-star game starts at 430pm with the prospects hitting the ice at 730pm. $10 gets people into both games. Sponsorships are also available for $250. Contact and Merchant executive or call 519-532-6704 for further details.

Merchants in Tight Standings Battle
By Colin Percy for the Norwich Gazette

With only two months remaining in the regular season, now is crunch time for the Norwich Merchants to push up the standings. They kicked off a busy 3 games in four nights stretch on Thursday against the defending Ontario Champions from Ayr.

It was a rough start for Norwich as they quickly fell behind 3-0 in just over 10 minutes time. Blake Pow would answer back with his 22 nd goal of the season with 7:51 left, but gave up one more 2:40 later to trail by three after 20 minutes. The second period was just as rough with Norwich allowing four goals including a last second tally that put Norwich behind by a touchdown after 40 minutes. They Merchants didn't quit though as Matt Caskanette buried a shot 7:28 into the final frame. They could have cut the lead to 5 when Peter Cappucci was hauled down on a breakaway, but the awarded penalty shot was unsuccessful. The lead was cut to five when Simon Storoschuk slipped in his 9 th goal of the season, but Norwich could muster no more falling 8-3 to the home squad. Newcomer Dan Gallagher notched two assists with Damon Lemmon, Alex Sutherland, Storoschuk and Troy Lamoure recording 1 apiece while Tyler Gubesch made 11 saves to take the loss with Brandon McIntosh stopping 16 in relief.

Norwich looked to bounce back Friday night in front of their home fans of which almost 450 packed the Nor-Del Arena for Teddy Bear/Winter Clothing Toss night occurred. The teddy bears flew rather quickly when Storoschuk poked in the opening goal 7:20 into the game. Woodstock equalized 1:25 later, but Norwich amped up the pressure scoring three times in a 3:30 courtesy of Troy Lamoure, Pow and Harlen Vanywynsberghe. Vets defeensman Jack Dorey notched 2 second period goals setting up a tense third period. The teams traded chances, but both goaltenders stood tall in the final period, as Norwich sent the fans home happy winning 4-3. Gallagher (3), Riley Monutre, Pow, Troy Lamoure and Simon Storoschuk recorded assits while Gubesch made 22 saves including a last minute thriller to earn the victory.

On Sunday afternoon, the Merchans visited Wellesley Apple Jacks. The Merchants fell behind early letting in the opening goal 3:56 into the game. The team quickly responded with Storoschuk and Gallagher scoring in a 25 second span to take the lead. The Jacks answered back priort to the first period buzzer. Scoring calmed down in the second. Wellesley scored mid-way through the period, but Storoschuk scored late as the teams headed to the dressing room knotted t trips after 40 minutes. The third period was exciting for the fans with end to end action, but both goaltenders standing strong allowing nothing forcing overtime. The extra frame was exciting with both teams coming exceedingly close to earning the extra point, but after 7 minutes of 3 on 3, the game ended in a tie.

Norwich face another tough weekend coming up. They host Paris on Friday at 8pm. The team will be honouring the 1998-99 – 2007-08 alumni at this game. At Saturday they visit the Tavistock Braves for a 230pm matinee.

OVERTIME

The Norwich Merchants will be hosting the PJHL Doherty Division All-Star & Prospects games on Saturday January 6 th, 2018. The All-Star game starts at 4:30pm with the prospects going at 7:30pm. Tickets are only $10/person. The Merchants are also accepting sponsorships for the event for $250. Anyone interested is asked to see an Merchant executive for a package or call 519-532-6704 for further information.


Merchants Split Pair of Home Games
By Colin Percy for the Norwich Gazette

The Norwich Merchants played a pair of games on home ice this weekend including Friday night when they hosted the Wellesley Apple Jacks on Champions Night, where the organization honoured the 1969/70 & 1985/86 Ontario Champion teams as part of their 50 th season celebrations.

Things did not start well for Norwich as the Apple Jacks scored three times in the first period that saw a large number of shots on both sides with Wellesley outshooting Norwich 17-16. Norwich struggled to get anything going in the second period either as the Jacks scored twice more in the second period. The assault continued in the third with Wellesley burying 3 more goals including once on the powerplay as the Merchants dropped their third straight game, this time 8-0. Tyler Gubesch made 24 saves in the loss while Brandon McIntosh stopped 10 of 11 shots faced in relief.

Saturday night would be a different story for Norwich when they hosted the winless Delhi Travellers. Blake Pow ensured the team wouldn't be shutout for a second straight night when he poked home his 19 th goal of the season 4:11 into the game. Riley Monture wired a shot in from the hash marks 3:23 later before Delhi got on the scoreboard mid-way through the first. Pow buried his second of the game early in the first period and completed the hat trick at the 7:28 mark. Harlen VanWynsberghe notched his 4 th goal of the season as Norwich led 5-1 after 40 minutes. Things calmed down in the 3 rd period with no goals tallied as the Merchants held on for the win while sending Delhi to a 22 nd consecutive loss to start the season. Simon Storoschuk, Seth Lamoure, Ryan Dayman (2), VanWynsberghe, Matt Larochelle and Peter Cappucci notched assists for Norwich while Gubesch made 20 saves to earn his 7 th win of the season.

Norwich now begin a busy stretch with 3 games in 4 nights. On Thursday they visit the Ayr Centennials at 7:30pm before returning home on Friday night when they host the Woodstock Navy Vets at 8pm. That night will also feature the team's annual teddy bear/winter clothing toss where fans are encouraged to bring stuffed animals and articles of winter clothing to be tossed on the ice after the Merchants first goal. These items will then be donated to local charities to help those less fortunate this holiday season. The team wraps up the weekend on Sunday afternoon when they look for redemption against Wellesley as they visit the Jacks at 2pm.

The team will also be busy on Saturday as they participate in the Norwich Santa Claus parade beginning at 11am. All your favourite Merchant players will be on hand to spread some holiday cheer.


OVERTIME

The Norwich Merchants will be hosting the PJHL Doherty Division All-Star & Prospects games on Saturday January 6 th, 2018. The All-Star game starts at 4:30pm with the prospects going at 7:30pm. Tickets are only $10/person. The Merchants are also accepting sponsorships for the event for $250. Anyone interested is asked to see an Merchant executive for a package or call 519-532-6704 for further information.


Merchants Closing in on 4th Place
By Colin Percy for the Norwich Gazette

The Norwich Merchants were looking to carry forward the momentum from last weekend's 3 victories when they hit the road for a pair of matches ahead of Norwich in the standings.

On Friday, the team visited the Woodstock Navy Vets in the Battle of 59. It was a tough start for Norwich as the Vets scored 5:58 into the game. Most of the first period action saw Norwich play in their own end. When the buzzer sounded, Woodstock outshot the Merchants 17-3, but Merchants goaltender Tyler Gubesch kept Norwich in the game giving up only the one goal. Norwich attacked better in the second period and at the 8:12 mark, Blake Pow extended his goal scoring streak to 4 games and point streak to 8 games thanks to his 14th of the season. A Norwich penalty moments later proved costly, as the Vets capitalized with the extra man to take a 2-1 lead after 40 minutes. Norwich would press hard in the third period outshooting the Navy Vets 11-6, but would not find an equalizer falling by one goal to their county rivals. Harlen VanWynsberghe had the lone Norwich assist while Gubesch was spectacular stopping 34 of 36 shots faced.

The Merchants looked to rebound on Saturday night when they visited the Paris Mounties. Norwich would not have a slow start in back to back nights as Pow continued his hot play scoring 57 seconds into the game. Newcomer Peter Cappucci made it 2-0 five minutes later and Norwich weren't done there. Pow made it 3-0 with 6:43 left and Ryan Dayman sniped home his second of the season 15 seconds later as Norwich led 4-0 after the first period. The Mounties would claw one back 1:30 into the second period – that frame's only goal. Pow would complete the hat trick 7:46 into the third period. Paris would answer back with a goal 5:49 later. Dayman would add an empty netter with 1:50 left to put the game to bed as Norwich won 6-2 to pull within 4 points of Paris for 4th place in the standings. Alex Sutherland, Simon Storoschuk, John Foreman, Troy Lamoure (2), Seth Lamoure and Brandon Velda had the assists for Norwich while Gubesch was solid again making 38 saves in the win.

Norwich face another tough week ahead as they close out their 3 game road trip on Thursday night in Ayr to take on the first place Centennials at 730pm. Norwich return home on Friday night when they host the 3rd place Tavistock Braves at 8pm.

On Saturday, the team will be holding their fall fish fry at the Norwich Community Centre. The event features an all you can eat perch & pickerel dinner with all the fixings along with a dance with DJ Brian Grosvold. There will also be a live and silent auction taking place with a number of items up for grabs including a week rental at a vacation house in Florida, a Honda Motor, a wheelbarrow of booze, a golf package, NHL jerseys, a park bench, a pair of Toronto Maple Leaf tickets, several London Knights tickets, a signed Glenn Howard curling sweater, an LA Kings jacket, a handmade quilt and a stained glass piece featuring the Merchants 50th season logo among several other items that have been generously donated by several people and businesses. There are still tickets available for $30 from any Merchant executive member or by calling or texting 519-532-6704.


OVERTIME

On January 6th, 2018, the Norwich Merchants will be holding the PJHL Doherty Division All-Star & Prospects game. Sponsorships are now available for $250. Contact any Merchant executive member for a package.

Merchants Have Perfect 3 for 3 Weekend
By Colin Percy for the Norwich Gazette
November 6, 2017

The Norwich Merchants had been playing tight hockey games in recent weeks, but coming up on the losing end including a pair of 5-3 losses to Ayr & Tavistock to close out October. They looked to get things back on track with 3 games in 3 nights to open November.

On Friday night, the Delhi Travellers came to town on a night where Norwich honoured another decade of Alumni members, this time the 1988/89 – 1997/98 teams. John Foreman opened the scoring for Norwich 8:19 into the first period. Blake Pow extended his point streak to 6 games when he buried a shot 3:54 later and Jeremy Bomberry made it 3-0 with 1:07 left in the opening 20 minutes. The second period started with two Merchant goals in the first 38 seconds courtesy of Riley Monutre and Simon Storochuk. Pow slipped home his second of the game before Delhi got on the board mid-way through the middle frame. Mason Cooper and Bomberry added a pair of goals for Norwich to lead 8-1 after 40 minutes. Norwich wasn't done there as the onslaught continued in the third period. Seth Lamoure scored his second of the season 1:13 into the final period. Cooper scored his second of the game to put Norwich into double digits in the goal column with 10:08 remaining. Harlen VanWynsberghe made it 11-1 and Matt Larochelle tallied a powerplay goal in the final minute as the Merchants crushed Delhi 12-1. VanWynsberghe (3), Pow (2), Troy Lamoure, Larochelle (3), Cooper, Bomberry, Zach Jankovic, Storoschuk (2), Damon Lemmon, Foreman, Ryan Dayman and Matt Caskanette (2) had the assists for Norwich while Tyler Gubesch stopped 22 of 23 shots to earn the victory.

On Saturday, the Merchants paid the first visit to Wellesley on the season and it did not start well for Norwich. The Apple Jacks roared out to a 3-0 lead in the first 15:35 of the game. Pow finally got Norwich on the board with 26 seconds left. Monture made it 3-2 early in the second period and Caskanette completed the comeback mid-way through the period. Wellesley restored the lead late in the second, but Norwich equalized once more 7:08 into the third courtesy of Brandon Velda's 5th of the season. Velda scored his 6th of the season 1:29 later to give Norwich their first lead of the game. Wellesley continued to press in the final 10 minutes and pulled the goalie late, but could not find a game-tying goal. Jankovic and Foreman added empty-net goals as Norwich won 7-4. Bomberry (2), Caskanette, VanWynsberghe (3), Larochelle (2) and Troy Lamoure registered assists while Gubesch made 34 saves to earn his 5th win of the season.

The Merchants looked to make it a perfect weekend when they hosted the New Hamburg Firebirds on Sunday afternoon. For the second straight night, Norwich had to play comeback as the Firebirds opened the scoring 2:34 into the game. Storoschuk whistled home a shot with 6 seconds left in the frame to knot the game at aces after the first period. The teams again traded lone goal in the second period with Monture scoring 4:12 into the second with New Hamburg equalizing late. Cooper roofed a shot 7:07 into the third period to give Norwich a 3-2 lead. VanWynsberghe wired home a second unasnwered goal with 5:55 left as the Merchants completed a perfect 6 point weekend with a 4-2 win. The victory vaulted the Merchants into 5th place in the Doherty Division standings. VanWynsberghe (2), Bomberry (2) and Monture notched assists for Norwich while Brandon McIntosh made 30 saves to earn the victory.

Norwich will now hit the road for a pair of games this weekend. On Friday they visit Woodstock for Round 3 of the Battle of 59 against the Navy Vets. Puck drop is set for 745pm. On Saturday they visit the Paris Mounties at 730pm. They will close out a three game road trip in Ayr on Thursday November 16th at 730pm.

OVERTIME

Tickets still remain for the Merchants Fall Fish Fry on Saturday November 18th. The event features an all you can eat perch & pickerel dinner with all the fixings along with a dance with DJ Brian Grosvold. There will also be a live and silent auction at the event that features a number of incredible items up for grabs. Tickets are only $30/person and are available from all Merchant executive members.

Merchants win Two of Three on Weekend.
By Colin Percy for the Norwich Gazette


It has not been the ideal start for the Norwich Merchants in the early part of the season with the squad only amassing three points in the first six games of the year. They had an opportunity to change that with three games in three nights this weekend.

The Wellesley Apple Jacks paid a visit to the Nor-Del Arena on Friday night in front of 360 home fans many eager to partake in the team's Meet the Players festivities later that evening. Alex Sutherland opened the scoring 9:03 into the game to give Norwich the lead after 20 minutes. Riley Monture doubled that lead early in the second with his 4th goal of the season. The Merchants' achilles heel during the season thus far had been penalty trouble and Friday night didn't see those issues rectified as the Jacks got on the board late in the second period while playing with the man advantage. Blake Pow answered back with a powerplay tally of his own for Norwich with 1:49 remaining in the period. Things were looking grim for Wellesley in the third period, but they amped up the pressure registering their second powerplay goal of the night with 10:55 remaining. Pow restored the 2 goal lead with 5:31 left, but that two goal lead quickly reverted back to one 1:38 later thanks to the Jacks third powerplay goal of the game. Wellesley thought they found an equalizer late with less than three minutes left in the game only for it to be disallowed sending some of the Jacks player into a tizzy. When play resumed the Jacks continued their high tempo offense stunned the Norwich crowd knotting the game at four with 1:31 left. Overtime looked likely in this game, but with 1:03 left in the game Pow whistled home his 3rd of the game which saw the Nor-Del Arena erupt with excitement. A last minute dash by Wellesley saw them fall short as Norwich won the thriller 5-4. Seth Lamoure (2), Mason Cooper, Matt Larochelle, Zach Jankovic and Simon Storoschuk had the assists for Norwich while Tyler Gubesch made 25 saves to pick up his first win of the season.

The Merchants looked to make it 2 straight wins on Saturday night when they travelled to Delhi to take on the winless Travellers. Things started well for Norwich as Jankovic roofed home a wrist shot for his first of the season 9:14 into the game. Brandon Velda wired home a shot of his own 25 seconds later and buried his second of the game 1:19 into the middle frame to give Norwich a 3-0 lead after 40 minutes. Sawyer Thompson clinched the victory for Norwich when he slipped home his second of the season six minutes into the final period as Norwich held on for the 4-0 shutout victory. Sam Davies, Mason Cooper (3), Damon Lemmon and Brandon Odorjan notched assists for Norwich while Tyler Guebesch stopped a generous 31 shots to earn his first shutout of the season. Norwich went a perfect 4 for 4 on the penalty kill during this game.

The team looked to make it a perfect 3 for 3 on the weekend when they returned home to take on the second place Tavistock Braves on Sunday afternoon. Things did not start well for Norwich as the Braves buried two first period goals while the Merchants were unresponsive. A fluky Tavistock goal opened the goal scoring three minutes into the second period that saw a Merchants clearance bounce off their own player and into the back of their own net. John Foreman slipped home his first of the season 3:35 later, but the Braves restored their 3 goal lead 1:40 later. Tavistock would add one more before the second period buzzer and clinch the victory with one more goal in the third as Norwich fell 6-1 to the Braves. Monture and Ryan Dayman notched assists on the Foreman goal while Brandon McIntosh stopped 10 shots and Gubesch made 12 saves in the loss.

Norwich will look to climb the standings with another 3 games in 3 nights weekend. On Friday they host the Burford Bulldogs at 8pm in a game that will see the 1978/79 through 1987/88 alumni honoured. There will also be a Karaoke event following the game. On Saturday Norwich head to Woodstock for Round 2 of the Battle of 59 against the Woodstock Navy Vets. Puck drop is set for 745pm. Norwich will close out the weekend on Sunday night when they visit Burford at 8:30pm.


OVERTIME

The Merchants have a number of events upcoming as they continue their 50th season celebrations. On Friday oct 27th, the team hosts the Ayr Centennials at 8pm. Following the game Cody James Wood performs in the blueline club. On Friday Nov 3rd, the team honours the 1988/89-1997/98 teams with another Alumni night and then on Saturday Novemeber 18th, the team holds it's fall fish fry with an all you can eat perch & pickerel dinner along with a dance with DJ Brian Grosvold. The event also features a live and silent auction. Tickets are only $30/person and can be purchased from any Merchants executive member.




Merchants Lose to Braves & Mounties
By Colin Percy for the Norwich Gazette

The Norwich Merchants closed out September with a whimper after dropping games to Tavistock and Paris over the weekend.

On Friday, the Merchants played host to the Tavistock Braves in front of 50 plus alumni who attended the game and were honoured during the first intermission. Things started well for Norwich as Brandon Velda and Ryan Dayman scored 9 seconds apart. Penalty trouble prove costly for Norwich in the second period as the Braves scored back-to-back powerplay goals in the first 1:12 of the middle frame. Tavistock took the lead at the 7:23 mark, but Josh Winger clawed one back 52 seconds later. Tavistock would bury a fourth goal of the period with 5:20 remaining to take a lead to the dressing room after 40 minutes. Riley Monture tipped in a shot at the 8:07 mark of the third, but Tavistock answered back with 2 goals to put the game to bed with a 6-4 scoreline in favour of the Braves. Troy Lamoure, John Foreman (2) and Alex Sutherland (2) had the assists for Norwich while Tyler Gubesch made 24 saves in the loss.

Norwich looked to rebound on the road Saturday night when they visited the Paris Mounties. The home team scored 4:09 into the game, but Mason Cooper rifled home an equalizer 50 seconds later. Paris restored the lead early in the second, but again Norwich answered quickly thanks to Simon Storoschuk. Unfortunately for Norwich, the wheels quickly fell off. The Mounties buried 4 more 2nd period goals, including two while on the powerplay and didn't stop the assault in the third finding the back of the net twice more to clinch the 8-2 victory. Cooper had the lone Merchant assist while Brandon Mcintosh made 17 saves and Gubesch 6 in the loss.

Norwich will look to bounce back with a quiet weekend on tap. Norwich's lone game will see them host Paris at 8pm on Friday night.


OVERTIME

Tickets are now available for the Merchants Fall Fish Fry. The event features an all you can eat perch & pickerel dinner with all the fixings, followed by a dance with DJ Brian Grosvold. There will also be a live and silent auction at the event. Tickets are only $30/person and are available from all Merchant executive members or by calling or texting 519-532-6704.


 
 
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