CHESTERVILLE -– Both the boys and girls’ hockey teams from North Dundas District High School went undefeated to start the SD&G high school hockey season.
The boys opened the season last Wednesday (Dec. 13) at the Chesterville Arena, narrowly defeating Seaway District High School 3-2. Adam Barkley, Curtis Barkley and Brad McLean had the goals for Devils.
North Dundas faced Holy Trinity in game two of the tournament. The Devils narrowly defeated the Falcons 5-4, erupting for four goals in the first period. Cameron Cotnam had a hat trick in the victory while Curtis Bell and Justin Shay added goals as well.
The Devils finished off the day with a convincing 5-1 victory over La Citadelle.
Cotnam would finish as North Dundas’ top point-getter for the opening tournament.
The team’s first three games were a success, according to assistant coach Kevin Bell.
“For the boys, it too was a good opening day,” Bell said. “Against Seaway, we had an excellent start. We ran into penalty trouble at the end and allowed two power play goals.”
He also said the blowout game against La Citadelle was a culmination of lessons learned from the team’s first two games.
“The boys took the lessons to heart and played a complete, disciplined game,” he said.
Girls continue winning ways
The girl’s hockey team from North Dundas also went undefeated in their first day of the season last Thursday (Dec.14) in Chesterville.
The Devils rocked the Char-Lan Crusaders 8-1 in their opening game.
Shaina Vandemheen had a hat trick for the Devils along with an assist to lead the offence. Sam Benoit, Delaney Johnston (two goals), Mackenzie Nelson and Amanda Shay all ended up on the scoresheet as well.
In the team’s second game against Seaway, the Devils soundly defeated the Spartans 9-0.
Vandemheen continued her strong performance on offence, scoring five goals for the Devils. North Dundas also got goals from Johnston (2), Shay and Jane Hannaford.
Bell, the head coach of the girls’ team, was pleased with the effort from his team to start the season.
“For the girls’ team, we were below .500 last year so to win our first two games was a positive,” he said. “It gave the team a huge confidence boost, especially for the many Grade 9 girls on the squad.”
Both teams will be back in action in January 2018 in Morrisburg. The girls hit the ice on Tues., Jan. 9 while the boys skate on Wed., Jan. 10.