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The North Dundas Rockets continued their 9 game undefeated streak with a pair of wins of the West Carleton Inferno and the Bytown Royals this past weekend. Currently they sit a top the National Capital Junior Hockey Leagues Western Division in a tie with the South Grenville Rangers for first place.
Saturday, November 10th, 2018, the Rockets played host to the Bytown Royals in Chesterville arena in what was a hard fought, come from behind win 8 to 6. It also allowed the club to welcome back Winchester native Tom Fingler into the lineup along with recent free agent signing Jack Gill; who spent the bulk of his minor hockey career with the local Upper Canada Cyclones AAA program before moving on to play three seasons for the junior A Brockville Braves; he is also the son of former NHL hockey player and current Owen Sound head coach, Todd Gill.
The first period on Saturday both teams battled to a 1 to 1 draw one goals from Bytowns William Lachapelle (Samuel Paquette, Sam Constantineau 19:28) and Rockets assistant captain Connor Roth (Cameron Brown, Justin Lefebvre 18:46).
Into the second period the offense on both sides hit stride as the clubs exchanged nine goals. Scoring for Bytown was Nic Loyer (William Lachapelle 18:48); Nathan Gonyou (Nick Dempster, Josh Barns 17:16); Lachapelle (Paquette, Colin Lemire 16:51); Eric L’Heureux (Jonathan Lauchon, Loyer 8:18) and Paquette (Lachapelle, Constantineau 0:33). Replying in turn for the Rockets was Justin Lefebvre ( Matt Cowley, Brad Stitt 14:36); Connor Roth (Tom Fingler, Matt Cowley 12:35 PP); Fingler (Jack Gill, Roth 4:36); and Lefebvre (Fingler, Cowley 4:14 PP)
The Rockets entered the third and final period trailing 6 to 5 working their back from a 4 to 1 deficit at one point in the hockey game. The Royals fell short in the third failing to get on the board while Connor Roth (Brown, Fingler 9:06) tied the game at 6 before Justin Lefebvre (Fingler, Cowley 4:14 PP) would score the eventual game winner. Rocket Captain Brad Stitt (Lefebvre, Cowley 0:35 PP) would seal the win on an incredibly skilled goal beating a Royals defender before snapping a puck glove side high on Danik Gervais.
The night before, Friday November 9th, the Rockets had travelled to the Erskin Arena in Carp to play the West Carleton Inferno where they would come out on the right end of a 9 to 3 win. The game saw a pair of hat tricks from Brad Nash and Connor Roth with Justin Lefebvre, Cameron Brown and Rockets rookie Kobey Young rounding out the scoring, Young’s goal was the first of his junior career in the win. Getting the assists for North Dundas were Lefebvre (5); Stitt (3); Nash; Roth, Mckay Balaton, Jack Vankessel and Will Watson.
Ultimately, from an organizational stand point it was a great weekend in terms of winning both games and fighting for top spot in the division. We had some big efforts out of Lefebvre (11 pts) and Roth (8pts) in terms of points. We got a great boost with Tommy Fingler back in the lineup as well as the addition of Jack Gill. Rockets captain Brad Stitt continues to impress the organization with his determination and leadership both on and off the ice. Stitter looks like he is playing hockey on a mission, and refuses to let anyone stand in this teams way. From a management side of things we can’t say enough good things about that kid right now, we hope it continues. Also our back end has been steady, the addition of Cam Brown to our lineup coincides with our undefeated streak; which in my opinion, speaks volumes as to what he is bringing on the back end to this club. Reilly Tondreau has been our leaders in nets with an outstanding compete level. We’ve also got some good efforts out of local product Carter Tait, who continues to improve each game and is proving he belongs in this league, which is just awesome to watch from a development stand point.
Next weekend we host the South Grenville Rangers in a 1st place showdown in Chesterville at 7:30pm. Come out and support the local team as we strive to get a leg up moving into the second half of November.
Thanks to the North Dundas Community for all the support we’ve been receiving at our games; hopefully we continue to earn that support as the season moves forward.