Thursday, January 14th, 2010
Mounties biggest movers at deadline
The Paris Mounties were the busiest team at the Jan. 10 player movement deadline.
Paris acquired one player from Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League and sent another player to the Southern Ontario Junior Hockey League.
The Mounties picked up forward Shane Bainbridge from the Kitchener Rangers for future considerations. Bainbridge scored four goals and added 11 assists in 23 games this season, his third with the Junior B team.
In three seasons, Bainbridge totaled 15 goals and 58 assists in 109 games in Kitchener, while racking up 94 penalty minutes.
Bainbridge was held scoreless in his first game with Paris, a 4-3 loss last weekend in Simcoe.
In order to make room for the veteran forward, the Mounties sent Ian McNeil to the Ayr Centennials of the SOJHL.
In his first season with Paris, McNeil scored two goals and collected three assists in 18 games.
The Simcoe Storm also made a move, reacquiring forward Brandon Merritt from Lambton Shores of the Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League.
Merritt started the season in Niagara Falls, where he had one assist in 14 games.
The 18-year-old was a useful player for woeful Lambton Shores, who have only five wins this season. In 18 games, Merritt tallied four goals and six assists and was 10th in team scoring despite having played in half the games.
The Brantford native was an all-star last season with Simcoe, posting 13 goals and 18 assists in 36 regular season games. In the playoffs, Merritt collected two goals and an assist in 10 games.
Merritt is the third Junior B player added by the Storm this season. Simcoe also picked up Mike Mazurek from Brantford and Jake Kisac from Welland in December.
That duo has combined for eight goals and 17 points in 14 games, although Mazurek went back to Brantford after scoring once against Norwich last Friday.
Woodstock and Norwich were both quiet. The Renegades' biggest deadline addition was assistant coach Keli Corpse.
"We fine-tuned more than anything," head coach Bill McLeod said. "The chemistry is good and we believe we can beat anyone.
"We are probably the youngest team in the league as well with three overagers and only one 20-year-old."