OTTAWA – Goaltender Jason Buma, the North Dundas Rockets last line of defence, was rock solid as he and his National Capital Junior Hockey League team blanked the Cumberland Bandits 2-0.
Saturday’s (Sept. 30) victory at the Ray Friel Recreation Complex improved the Rockets record to 2-1-0 and gave them a share of third place (12 teams) with the Clarence Castors (2-1-0) and Cumberland (2-2-0). The Hull-Gatineau Volant (4-0-0) and Papineau Vikings (4-1-0) share first place with eight points.
The league’s other local entries – the Metcalfe Jets (1-1-0), Morrisburg Lions (1-3-0) and South Grenville Rangers (1-2-0) – all have earned two points.
On Saturday (Oct. 7), North Dundas will visit the Cougars (1-2-0) in Vankleek Hill for a 7:30 pm engagement.
The Rockets will open at home at the Chesterville Arena on Sat., Oct. 14 (7:30 pm) hosting the expansion Blackburn Inferno. The day before (Fri., Oct. 13), North Dundas will meet the Metcalfe Jets at the Larry Robinson Arena for an 8:30 pm tilt.
“As general manager I couldn’t be happier with the 2-0 win,” Robyn Sadler said. “Keeping teams off the scoreboard has been a struggle the last two years. It was great to see a nice defensive effort.”
“Nik [head coach Nik Paas] and Lenard [ass’t coach Lenard Mclean] had the guys playing 1-2-2 system in the third that was to limit Cumberland’s offence and maintain the shutout for Jason,” Sadler explained.
Sadler reported that the defence pairing of Bryden van Kessel and Brodie Barkley dominated and the forwards were engaged defencively on the back check, played hard the whole game.
“A good character win for our club,” he said.
The Rockets were missing Connor Roth (school), Chris Marchand (illness), Zack Towns (injured) and Dylan Nixon (personal), but had Kage Hallett (AP) and Bailey Norman fill in.
Rockets 2 – Bandits 0
Landon Veenstra opened the scoring in the first period driving the Bandits net and shovelling a Shawn Simms rebound.
The only other marker came in the final frame when Justin Lefebvre finished a breakaway burying a backhand on Cumberland goaltender Miguel D’Aoust.