CHESTERVILLE – Nathan Gonyou cashed a penalty shot opportunity, which broke up a 3-3 tie and lifted the visiting Bytown Royals to their first win of the National Capital Junior Hockey League (NCJHL) season, a 4-3 decision against the North Dundas Rockets.
Saturday’s (Nov. 11) loss was the second consecutive setback on Chesterville ice for the Rockets (8-4-0) who occupy third place along with the Cumberland Bandits (8-5) at 16 points. The Gatineau-Hull Volant (10-3-0) and Papineau Vikings (10-3-0) share top spot with 20 points.
The Gonyou GWG secured the Royals first win in their first year in the league and according to Rockets’ GM Robyn Sadler resulted in his team’s most humiliating loss of the year.
Sadler congratulated Bytown on win number one and said, “There is no question the effort was there for them, they didn’t quit for a minute in the game.”
“Hockey is a funny game, you win games you should lose sometimes, and lose games you should win,” added Sadler. “It always makes thing interesting in the NCJHL.”
The GM announced on Monday (Nov. 13) that Winchester’s Tom Fingler who has been playing hockey at RMC in Kingston is to debut with the Rockets’ on Saturday (Nov. 18) when the red-hot Papineau Vikings invade the Chesterville Arena for a 7:30 pm tilt.
The Rockets organization recognized Remembrance Day prior to Saturday’s meeting with Bytown with Legion Branch 434 member Steve Grubb performing the ceremonial face off.
“It is important to remember those who served and serve our country,” said Sadler. “Thank you to those who serve our country to keep us safe.”
Royals 4 – Rockets 3 OT
Francois Larose put the first goal of the game into the Rocket’s cage, which was being guarded by Max Eves, at 11:35 of period one.
Brody Barkley’s (Bryden van Kessel, Justin Lefebvre) PPG at 18:35 of period two evened the count at 1-1.
A goal by Martin Lafontaine spotted Bytown a 2-1 lead with 7:12 left in the sandwich session. Brad Stitt (Connor Roth, Barkley) tied it up scoring with 18 seconds to play in the period. Just 13 seconds later, Rockets’ Landon Veenstra buried a feed from Bryden van Kessel in the Royals’ net giving his team a 3-2 lead.
Larose blasted an unassisted shot from the point into the North Dundas twine at 9:23 of the final frame deadlocking the count at 3-3.
The Rockets were called for dislodging their net during a scramble in the extra period that resulted in Bytown being awarded a penalty shot, which Gonyou converted into the winning goal.