Rockets outgun Bytown Royals, but lose 4-3 on penalty shot

The Rockets’ Launch Pad

by Rob Sadler
North Dundas Rockets General Manager

The Rockets organization would also like to start this week by thanking Steve Grubb for representing the Legion and dropping the ceremonial puck as part of Remembrance Day.  It’s important to remember that those who served, and serve our Country in the armed forces are the reason we get to enjoy hockey in Chesterville on a Saturday night, as well as the other freedoms we enjoy every day.  Thank you to those who serve our country to keep us safe.

The Rockets had one game scheduled this weekend hosting the expansion Bytown Royals on Saturday night in Chesterville giving the new team it first ever win, 4 to 3 in overtime.  Francois Larose opened the scoring for Bytown at 11:35 of the first period set up by Martin Lafontain.  The score remained 1 to 0 going into the second until Brodie Barkley scored from the point on a powerplay at 18:35, assisted by Bryden van Kessel and Justn Lefebvre.  The Royals would go up 2 to 1 when Martin Lafontain scored at 7:12 assisted by Coleman Emery.  The last minute of the second period proved entertaining as Brad Stitt (Connor Roth,Brodie Barkley) and Landon Veenstra (B. van Kessel) put the Rockets up 3 to 2 in the final 18 seconds.

The third period was marked by the one game tying goal at 9:23 on a shot from the blue line by Francoise Larose to tie the game, and ultimately send it into over time.   The overtime frame saw ample opportunity for both teams to end the game early until the Rockets net was pushed of the moorings during a scramble at their net, resulting in a penalty shot being awarded.  Larose got the honors and made no mistake on the finish, giving the Bytown Royals their first win of the season, and the Rockets their most humiliating loss of the year.

As General Manager I feel for the guys on our team, we out shot the Royals 48 to 23 according to the game sheet, and in reality directed more then 60 pucks towards the net; we’ve just been snake bitten the last couple games unfortunately.  I would like to congratulate Bytown on their first win, there is no question the effort was there for them, they didn’t quit for a minute in that game.  Hockey is a funny game, you win games you should lose sometimes, and lose games you should win, always makes things interesting in the NCJHL.

Next weekend we host the first place Papineauville Vikings in Chesterville on Saturday night, puck drops at 7:30pm.  This game will mark the debut of local Winchester Native Tom Fingler who has been playing hockey at RMC and has decided to join our team for the balance of the season.

Steve Grubb tosses the ceremonial Remembrance Day puck drop prior to the last home game in Chesterville. Courtesy photo.


Enjoy show, dinner and music at ‘Christmas with Friends,’ Winchester United Church, Dec. 3.

Iroquois United Church hosts Snowflake Bazaar this Saturday … more info …

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