Former Windsor Spitfires’ defenseman Louka Henault will get a chance to chase his pro hockey dream.
Henault’s junior hockey eligibility wrapped up this season after the former fifth-round pick helped the Spitfires to a seventh and deciding game in the OHL final.
On Monday, the 21-year-old Henault signed a one-year contract to join the American Hockey League’s Hartford Wolf Pack.
The six-foot, 179-pound Henault finished second in OHL scoring for defensemen this season with 65 points in 63 games, which included a league-leading 57 assists at the position.
For his career, Henault finished with 128 career points in 233 games for the Spitfires, which included 117 assists that put him sixth in franchise history for defenseman.
Saints add transfer
The St. Clair College Saints women’s basketball team secured transfer guard Janae Smith on Monday.
The five-foot-seven Smith, who is from Warren, MI, played at St. Clair County Community College in Port Huron, MI.
In three seasons of National Junior College Athletic Association play, Smith was a two-time Michigan Community College Athletic Association honorable mention in the Eastern Conference while receiving presidential honors twice for her academic performance.
“She’s a tremendous pickup and will be a factor for us next season and beyond,” Saints’ head coach Andy Kiss said in a release.
thunder takes tournament
The Tecumseh Thunder claimed the London Lakeside Senior Men’s Baseball Tournament on Sunday with a 10-1 win over the Brampton Royals in the final.
Tecumseh went 2-1 in pool play with a 9-8 loss to Strathroy Royals followed by a 7-5 win over Brampton and a 2-0 win over Sarnia Braves.
Right-hander Brandon Lindquist threw a complete-game shutout in a 2-0 win over the Milton Red Sox in the semis, which sent Tecumseh to the final.
The Thunder blew the final open with nine runs in the third inning in support of winning pitcher Micah Harris as Tecumseh repeated as tournament champs at the event last held in 2019.
Clippers in control
Back-to-back wins have the Windsor Clippers in control of the team’s first-round Ontario Lacrosse Association Junior B playoff series with the Owen Sound North Stars.
The Clippers scored an 11-3 win in Owen Sound on Sunday after beating the North Stars 13-5 at home on Saturday to take a 2-0 lead in the best-of-five Western Conference quarter-final series. Game 3 of the series is Friday at Forest Glade Arena at 6 pm
On Sunday, Xander Derkatz had three goals and six points to lead the Clippers. Max Frattaroli and Calum Brennan each scored twice with Malikye Good, Nathan DeThomasis, Josh Rosa and Seth Martineau scoring single goals while goalie Chase Cosgrove made 47 saves.
On Saturday, Zane Dalpe, Derkatz and Frattaroli each scored three goals. Good added a pair of goals with singles going to DeThomasis and Rosa while Cosgrove made 42 saves.
Ravens drop Ticats
The Essex Ravens’ U18 team remained unbeaten with a 17-11 win over the Hamilton Junior Ticats in Ontario Summer Football League play at Alumni Field on Saturday.
Quarterback Nicholas Dimovski hit receiver Kiano Elliott with a touchdown pass and fullback Jessie Wilkins-Flaricee added a short touchdown run. Kicker Matteo Trifon covered both and added a field goal for the Ravens (4-0) against the Ticats (2-2).
The Essex U16 team beat Hamilton 28-24 at home on Saturday while the Ravens’ U14 fell 26-14 to the Cambridge Lions.
A late Windsor TFC rally fell short in a 3-2 loss to Simcoe County Rovers FC in men’s play in League1 Ontario soccer play on Sunday while Tecumseh SC dropped a 2-1 decision to North Mississauga SC in women’s play.
Windsor (2-8-2) fell behind 3-0 in the second half before getting goals from Paolo Davia and Matthew Andres, but could not produce the equalizer against Simcoe County (7-2-3).
Tecumseh (3-5-3) were down 2-0 before Kailyn Robertson scored in the 60th minute, but the club was unable to pull even with North Mississauga (4-7-1).