‘We lost, but not because we didn’t compete’; championship slips from Rockets’ grasp in Game 7

Vikings trail entering 3rd period but unleash 7-goal ‘onslaught’ on North Dundas

Season-ending team banquet scheduled April 28

The Rockets’ Launch Pad

by Rob Sadler
North Dundas Rockets General Manager

The North Dundas Rockets ended the 2017-2018 season on the road last Wednesday night with a game 7 loss to the National Capital Junior Hockey League Champions, the Papineauville Vikings.  Leading 2 to 1 heading into the final period on a pair of goals from Shawn Simms the gas tank hit empty while the Vikings sealed the championship with a 7 goal onslaught in the third period.

Without getting into specifics of the final game, the NCJHL finals where everything that a hockey fan could hope for; close hockey games, packed rinks and a real highlight to end the season.

As General Manager of the club I would like to extend our congratulations to the Vikings on a hard fought series and would like to thank the NCJHL, specifically President Ian Mcrae and Vice President Hubert Seguin, both of whom worked tirelessly during the playoffs, their efforts are appreciated.

I would also like to thank all the players on our hockey club for some extraordinary efforts down the stretch.  We lost, but not because we didn’t compete, and that is something to be proud of.  Thank you as well to Kevin Byers and Kent Young for giving myself, Lenard Mclean, Doug Barnett and Nik Paas to opportunity to part of the Rockets this year, sorry we couldn’t get the job done, but we will give it another go next season.

Last but not least, we would like to that the North Dundas Community for the tremendous support;  it was awesome seeing the different people out at our games, this team does not run without you guys, and for that we are very thankful as an organization.

The club would also like to extend it’s best wishes to the four graduating players from this years team, Bryden Vankessel, Jason Buma, Shawn Simms and Chris Marchand.  Four of the finest young men I have had the privilege of being involved with over the past couple years.  These four guys have been key contributors in building the Rockets team over the past three years and will be missed as they move on to life after hockey.  Best of luck guys.

The Rockets annual banquet will be held on April 28th at the Winchester Lions Hall.  Tickets are $20, and will be made available to any and all supporters who wish to attend.  There will be a wine a cheese starting at 3:30pm with supper following at 5pm.  The awards will be handed out throughout the evening; which include: Team MVP; Top Scorer; Rookie of the Year, Coaches Award, Top Defenseman, Most Improved Player, Playoff MVP, Most Sportsmanlike Player, Most Oustanding Forward and the Peter Vankessel award for top volunteer of the executive.

I would stress that any supporters are welcome to attend, if you wish to do so please contact myself at 613-809-5771 or Kent Young at 613-880-4362

See you on April 28th.



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