CHESTERVILLE – The North Dundas Rockets (19-10-1) fell 6-4 at the hands of the Clarence Castors (20-11-0) Sat., Feb. 10.
The Rockets jumped ahead 3-1 in the first period picking up goals from Aaron Turcotte, Justin Lefebvre and Shawn Simms. Mckay Balaton, Jace Legue and Jack van Kessel had assists on the goals.
Patrick Lemay (Connor Lacey, Matt Wilson) scored the lone marker for the Castors.
North Dundas got off to a tough start in the second period, picking up a five-minute major penalty for a hit from behind.
The Castors capitalized on the man-advantage as Lacey scored twice while the Rockets were shorthanded.
Connor Jones then gave the Castors their first lead of the game after being set up by Matt Clement at 8:29.
After four minutes went by, the Rockets’ Connor Roth tied the game as both teams headed to the third period.
Castors’ forward Jeff Brett scored twice in the third period to give the Castors the victory. Lacey and Matt Clifford set up the goals.
“I was happy with the effort our guys gave as a whole on Saturday night,” Rockets’ general manager Rob Sadler said.
“It’s unfortunate that we had to cripple our chances to win that game with a couple of poor decisions that are solely on us as a team.”
While the penalties taken by the Rockets didn’t help their cause, Sadler also pointed to plenty of missed opportunities to score.
“We also had a hard time finding the back of the net,” he said. “In reality, if we buried half our opportunities, we could have won that game in spite of our mistakes.”
The Rockets will look to avenge the loss as they play “two of the biggest games of the year” next weekend, according to Sadler.
The Rockets will host Cumberland Sat., Feb. 17 and then travel to St-Isidore Sun., Feb. 18. North Dundas is currently jostling with those two squads for third-place in the standings.