In the video above, the Rockets’ Kyle Collette scores on the rebound against Clarence Creek, March 10, in the teams’ last meeting. The Castors took that one 4-2, going up 2-1 in the series that resumes tonight (March 14) in Chesterville.
Face-off 8 p.m. Thurs., March 14, against the Castors
The Rockets’ Launch Pad
by Rob Sadler
North Dundas Rockets
The North Dundas Rockets opened the National Capital Junior Hockey League Semi Finals against the Clarence Creek Castors and currently trail the league regular season champs 2 games to 1 but are hoping to even the series this Thursday, March 14th at home in Chesterville.
Game one took place at the Clarence Creek Arena Friday March 8th and saw the Castors take the series lead with a 3 to 1 win before North Dundas would bounce back the next night in Chesterville with a dominant 6 to 2 win on home ice. Scoring for the Rockets in the win were Kyle Collette (2), Connor Roth, Cameron Brown, Justin Lefebvre, and Mckay Balaton. Recording assists were Jarrett Williams (2), Connor Roth (2), Tanner Barnett, Jack Vankessel, Cameron Brown, Brad Nash, Matt Cowley and Hugo Lusignan. Reilly Tondreau got the win
Game 3 was held in Clarence on the Sunday afternoon; a game in which Kyle Collette and Jarrett Williams had the Rockets up 2 to 1 for the bulk before a third-period collapse allowed Clarence to come from behind and win 4 to 2.
From an General Manager’s perspective both teams are leaving everything they have on the ice, and I am proud of the efforts our lads are showing in the face of adversity. Clarence finished in first place for a reason this year but I believe in our team and feel that this will be a long series with both teams having their own opportunity to get the edge; the question will be whom the hockey gods’ favour the most based on what I’ve seen so far.
There is definitely no lack of intensity or animosity between the two teams, and it was unbelievable to see the crowd support the Rockets got on Saturday night at home; the Chesterville Arena was jammed packed and the seventh man down at the far end certainly played its part and gave the guys a boost throughout the game. Clarence has asked that we get you guys under control down there; my response to them was “good luck with that”; in my opinion that’s small town junior hockey at it’s best; and we appreciate the support fellas!
This Thursday at home our backs are against the wall as a hockey community and we are hoping that we can call on North Dundas for support once again as we take a shot at evening the series at two games a piece. It’s pretty clear through these first three games that North Dundas is the underdog and that nobody but our community and the guys in the room are on our side. It will be an uphill battle to the end.
Hope to see you all at the rink on Thursday night, puck drops at 8 p.m.