Rockets at home tonight against South Grenville

Local squad on four-game winning streak

The Rockets’ Launch Pad

by Rob Sadler
North Dundas Rockets General Manager

The North Dundas Rockets extended their winning streak Saturday night (Oct. 20) to three straight games following a 3-to-1 win of the West Carleton Inferno on home ice and now sit in second place of the National Capital Hockey League West division.

The Rockets got off to a first period lead on a goal from Cameron Brown (Will Watson, Justin Lefebvre 4:38) when he batted a puck out of mid air following a rebound for the lone first period goal.

The second period was marred by a Rockets parade to the penalty box as the team took 9 minor penalties, yet somehow manage to escaped with a two goal lead thanks to Rockets Captain Brad Stitt (Thomas Legget, Cameron Brown  19:99).

In the final frame West Carleton would cut the lead in half when Ryan Nugent (unassisted, 11:21) found the back of the net shorthanded following a Rockets turn over on the Powerplay.  Ultimately the Rockets would find a way to secure the win on another Brad Stitt (Justin Lefebvre, Cameron Brown, 6:27) goal late in the period.

As General Manager of the club, I wouldn’t say the win last Saturday night was a work of art by any means.  It was an ugly hockey game, but we go the two points nonetheless.  The Club got big efforts out of Brad Stitt and Cameron Brown on the score board; as well as Reilly Tondreau in the nets.  Penalties were definitely the focal point for me of the game, we simply took to many.  West Carleton has struggled to score this year; any other team in this league would have buried us in the second period.

We would also like to welcome two new additions to the club, Sebastien Roy and Phil Brunet; two players we acquired in a trade with Metcalfe earlier this week who are from the Russell/Embrun area. These two guys have won a championship in Embrun a couple years back and we are hoping their pedigree transfers into our locker room positively.

This week the Rockets travelled to Metcalfe on Friday night for a tilt with the Jets who were leading the Rockets in the standings by two points and also lead the NCJHL in penalty minutes with 342 PIM in just eight games. (The Rockets ultimately won 6-2, extending their winning streak to four games.) Tonight, Saturday night, Oct. 27, the Rockets host the first place South Grenville Rangers, who currently sit a top the NCJHL West Standings with a record of 6 – 1.

Thanks to those who come out on Saturdays to support us,

See ya at the rink.

Former Rockets’ captain Bryden van Kessel is congratulated on the retirement of his jersey at the Chesterville-based team’s home opener, Oct. 13. His old team got off to a weak start earlier this month but have since recovered and are playing .500 hockey after a four-game winning streak they take into tonight’s game against the Rangers. Courtesy photo

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