The Rockets’ Launch Pad
by Rob Sadler
North Dundas Rockets General Manager
The Rockets traveled to Vankleek Hill to play the Cougars this past Saturday night, October 7th and squeaked out a 5 to 4 win with 2.5 seconds left on the clock. In the dying seconds of the game, with a scramble in the Vankleek Hill crease, one of the Cougars players was force to cover the puck resulting in a penalty shot being awarded. Rocket’s local assistant captain Shawn Simms skated to centre ice to take the shot, in which he made no mistake beating Sebastien Moreau low on the glove side to secure the win.
Saturday night’s game was not pretty; it lacked pace and intensity, but to come out on top is definitely two points we will put in the bank. Newly acquired Connor Roth has a big game, making his debut with the Rockets, scoring two goals and adding two assists. His line mates were Landon Veenstra (3 pts) and Shawn Simms (3 pts). It was good to see that line together finally, when we acquired Roth we were hoping he would fit in on a line with those two guys, and it seemed to work.
From a general manager’s perspective there was still lots of positives, everyone put their nose to grind stone and got our team the win, in a game like Saturday night that’s all you can ask for, every win early in a season is a big win. The NCJHL only plays a 33-game schedule, so the reality is that every two points you can get, counts.
This weekend coming we are in Metcalfe to play the Jets at 8:30pm. The home opener will take place this Saturday, Oct. 14th, in Chesterville at 7:30 p.m. where we will host the Blackburn Inferno.
I would also like to note that representatives from the local Lions Clubs will be there to drop the puck in recognition of their sponsorship this year. Refreshments will be served at the rink, and we are looking forward to a good hockey game. The Inferno are an expansion team, but will bring a solid squad full of speed to the rink, it’s shaping up to be a classic NCJHL game with lots of excitement.
We hope to see another great crowd at the rink to support our local hockey players.