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Chiefs finished season with 35-4-1 record

by Robert Campbell

The 2013-2014 season of the Lakefield Fitzsimmons Towing and Repair Chiefs has been one that may not be repeated in a long time.

The Chiefs finished the season in first place for the second time in three years with 35 wins, four losses and one overtime loss for a total of 71 points, 18 points ahead of second place Clarington Eagles.

You have to go back to the 1999- 2000 campaign to find a better record when the team finished 38-1-1 and that year they won the Schmalz Cup, emblematic of Junior C Hockey supremacy in Ontario.

Derek Manley won the scoring race with 69 points in 39 games, eight points ahead of second place Captain and team mate Nathan Larson. The Chiefs had eight players finish in the top 11 in scoring.

They scored a total of 217 goals in 40 games with an average 5.4 goals per game, and 66 goals more then their closest rival.

They possessed the highest scoring defenceman in Eric Shewell who had 42 points in 40 games, 13 points ahead of second place Carter Vahey of the Uxbridge Bruins.

Goaltender Zac Wainman was the best in the league with 21 wins, three losses and finishing with a 2.17 goals against average. The goaltending duo of Wainman and Kevin Collins, who finished with 14 wins, one loss and a 2.82 goals against average, was the best duo in the league finishing with a combined 4.99 GAA, with the Clarington Eagles goalies next with 5.20 combined GAA.

With all the success the Chiefs have had they know that the slate has been cleaned and a new season begins. Every player knows that it will take a strong team effort to defend as the COJHL Champions.

“This League is very competitive and no-one will hand you anything,” says Director of Hockey Personnel Jim Carson. “We have a lot of returning players here from last year and they know that you can’t rest on your laurels or take anything for granted, and most of all you have to play hard, be disciplined and compete every shift to move on in this league,” says Carson.

Come out and cheer on the Chiefs as they begin their quest to bring home the Schmalz Cup when they take on the Port Perry Mojacks in Lakefield on Tuesday, February 17 at 7:30 p.m. in game one of the best of seven series.

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