Rockets lead 2-1 in NCJHL championship series

The Rockets' Christopher Marchand is jostled by Papineau's Danny Plourde-Grenon during the last NCJHL championship series home game in Chesterville, March 24. North Dundas won the game 5-4, going up 2-0 in the series. But the Vikings have since answered with a win this week. Game 4 goes ahead 8 p.m. at the Chesterville Arena this Friday. Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News

Return home to Chesterville Friday night for Game 4 against Vikings

The Rockets’ Launch Pad

by Rob Sadler
North Dundas Rockets General Manager
CHESTERVILLE — The North Dundas Rockets opened the National Capital Junior Hockey League Finals this past Friday night on the road in Buckingham to play the top-ranked Papineauville Vikings.  In a spirited opening game the Rockets managed to pull through with a 3-to-2 victory on goals from Connor Roth and Bryden van Kessel (2), including the game winner.  North Dundas managed to preserve the the win with a great team defensive effort throughout the third period especially as the game wore on.

Saturday night in Chesterville, South Mountain native and Assistant Captain Brad Stitt was the hero in a 5-to-4 overtime win — cashing in less than a minute into the OT frame on a scrambled play set up by Matt Cowley and Justin Lefebvre.  Cowley, Lefebvre, Tom Fingler and Chris Marchand rounded out the scoring on the night for the Rockets.  Drawing assists were Cowley (2), Connor Roth (2), Shawn Simms, Griffen Maccaffery, Chris Marchand, Lefebvre and Fingler.

Sunday afternoon the team traveled to Saint-Andre-de-Avellin for game 3 where they fell 6 to 2 as the home team Vikings came out hungry and desperate, building a 4-goal lead in the first period.  Tom Fingler and Shawn Simms mounted the only Rockets offense on what was a game to forget in Rockets’ history

As General Manager of the club, myself and the staff were happy with the effort this weekend being up 2 games to 1.  Winning the opening game gives us home ice advantage moving forward and we’re in a good spot needing two wins to reach our goal with two scheduled homes games this weekend out of a possible 3.  We got big efforts the first two games out of everyone with a commitment to defense in the two wins.  Hopefully Sunday was a wake up call reminding us that it takes a full effort to win hockey games in the NCJHL finals.

Rockets next home game is Friday night in Chesterville, puck drops at 8 p.m.

See you at the rink.

 

 

 

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