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Vyacheslav Gordeichuk #30 of the Brantford 99ers follows the play at the Wayne Gretzky Sports Centre on November 21, 2021 in Ontario, Canada (Spencer Smye / OJHL Images)

By Darryl G. Smart

Vyacheslav Gordeichuk was rewarded for his hard work with the Brantford Bandits. 

The 18-year-old has seen a lot of rubber for the Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League team. But on Monday, he got the call to suit up for the Ontario Junior Hockey League’s Brantford 99ers.

And the Russian goaltender didn’t disappoint, making 34 saves in the 99ers 3-2 come-from-behind win over the Georgetown Raiders.

The Raiders started off hot, with Andrew DellaRovere and Eric Russell scoring power-play goals in the first period.But then Gordeichuk shut the door, and the 99ers offence went to work.

After Gordeichuk stopped a Chris Ishmael penalty shot attempt midway through the second period, Jake Partridge and Lucas Thompson tied things up with goals 56 seconds apart. 

In the third period, Brendan Anderson played the role of hero, sliding the puck by Sebastian Labora while shorthanded.

With the win, the 99ers improve to 10-9-0-2, which puts them in fourth place in a very tight OJHL West Division. They’re currently one point in front of the Milton Menace, one point behind the Oakville Blades, and only five back of the second-place Raiders.

Thursday and Friday, the 99ers battle the Blades in a home-and-home set. Thursday they are at the Gretzky Centre at 7:30pm with Friday’s game on the road at 7pm.

ICE CHIPS: Jake Partridge scored his last goal in a 99ers uniform Monday. After the game, he was dealt to the Pickering Panthers for Alex Cunningham. Partridge was the 99ers second-leading scorer with 12 goals and 10 assists in 16 games. He heads to the Panthers, who are currently ranked 17th in Canada. The 99ers receive Cunningham, who has four goals and six assists in 13 games. The Bandits dropped a home-and-home set with the Caledon Bombers this past weekend. Friday on the road, the Bombers scored a 5-0 win in Caledon. Saturday, Jake DaSilva scored the lone Bandits goal in a 4-1 loss. The Bandits (2-17-1) are on the road Friday against the Listowel Cyclones and Saturday against the Elmira Sugar Kings.