CHESTERVILLE – The North Dundas Rockets clinched their spot in the National Capital Junior Hockey League finals by winning their series over the St. Isidore Eagles 4-2.
The Rockets sealed the series victory by knocking off the Eagles 6-4 Sun., March 18.
After the teams exchanged four goals each in the first two periods, North Dundas’ Connor Roth broke the deadlock late in the third.
Chris Marchand potted the team’s sixth goal to close out the game as the speedy forward flew down the left wing and found the back of the net.
The Rockets also got goals from Justin Lefebvre, Bryden van Kessel and Shawn Simms.
Jason Buma recorded the win in between the pipes.
Rockets 8 – Eagles 4
The Rockets drubbed the Eagles 8-4 during a St. Patrick’s Day contest in front of a capacity crowd in Chesterville.
Brad Stitt got the scoring underway after he beat Eagles’ goalie Phillip Roy.
Tom Fingler doubled the Rockets’ lead on the man-advantage at the conclusion of the opening frame.
The second period saw van Kessel dominate as he scored two powerplay goals and a shorthanded tally in less than 10 minutes.
Carrying a 5-1 lead into the third period, the Rockets nabbed goals from van Kessel, McKay Balaton and Matt Cowley to round out the win.
Rockets 10 – Eagles 2
North Dundas hit the road on Thurs., March 16 and routed the Eagles 10-2 to even the series at two.
The Rockets jumped ahead by three goals early after a pair of goals from Simms on the powerplay. In the final 30 seconds of the period, Lefebvre netted a marker after being set up by Simms.
North Dundas doubled their lead in the middle frame as Stitt, Cowley and Marchand beat the Eagles’ netminder.
The onslaught concluded in the third period after goals from Tanner Barnett, Balaton and Marchand.
Eagles 8 – Rockets 5
The Eagles went ahead in the series for a moment after a game three 8-5 win in St. Isidore Tues., March 13.
The Rockets found goals from Balaton, Simms, Roth (2) and Fingler. Brodie Barkley and Marchand each drew three assists.
The Rockets will now look ahead to facing the Papineauville Vikings in the league finals.
The Vikings were one of the league’s more consistent teams this season, spending most of the year at the top of the standings.
“Papineauville is going to be a challenge,” Rockets’ general manager Rob Sadler said.
“[They are] a good hockey team that has been in first place most of the year with a great offence and solid goaltending.”
The Rockets will travel to Papineauville Fri., March 23 to begin the finals. The matchup is going to be a good one, according to Sadler.
“This series is truly a best on best situation,” he said. “If we show up and give it everything we have as a team, I am sure the Vikings will have all they can handle with the Rockets.”
North Dundas will host the Vikings for game two Sat., March 24 in Chesterville at 7:30 pm.