CHESTERVILLE – The North Dundas Rockets opened the second round of the National Capital Junior Hockey League playoffs by splitting the first two games against the St. Isidore Eagles.
In front of a capacity crowd at the rink in Chesterville, the Rockets bounced back from a game one loss by winning 3-2 Sun., March 11.
After striking the post three times in the game’s opening period, North Dundas’ Matt Cowley put the home team on the board first.
After both team’s exchanged scoring chances in the second period, Cowley sent another point shot through the crowd and into the back of the net. Brad Stitt picked up his second assist of the afternoon on the goal.
Chris Marchand sealed the win with a low snap shot that beat Eagles’ goalie Phillipe Roy.
Reilly Tondreau picked up the win for the Rockets.
“Sunday afternoon was a great bounce back effort from our guys,” Rockets general manager Rob Sadler said. “A 3-0 win speaks for itself. I felt coaches Nik Paas and Lenard McLean really did a great job with the lineup and the preparation before the game.”
Sadler noted that the team is starting to hold themselves accountable after losses like in game one of the series.
“As a team we have been pointing the finger at everything else when we lose,” he said. “I feel that on Sunday afternoon we looked in the mirror and realized that we can win if we want it.”
Game three of the series was set for last night (Tues., March. 9) in St. Isidore.
Eagles 3 – Rockets 2
The Eagles clawed out a 3-2 victory in game one of the series Fri., March 9.
St. Isidore jumped ahead 3-0 after goals in the first two periods of the contest.
Patrick Ranger netted the first Eagles’ goal on the power play at 13:20 from JP Souligny.
Eagles’ captain Nicholas Souligny found the back of the net twice from the point to cushion his team’s lead. Maxime Choquette, Jacob Belanger, Fred Gagnier and Alex Leclerc drew assists on Souligny’s markers.
North Dundas displayed some life in the final period when Tom Fingler and Ryan Carbonette found the back of the Eagles’ net.
Shawn Simms, Justin Lefebvre and Connor Roth added helpers on the goals.
“Jason Buma was the only thing worth watching Friday night as he stopped 50 of 53 shots to give us a chance,” Sadler said. “The effort was not there from the minute the puck dropped. I heard a lot of complaining about officiating Friday night and yes, there were some poor calls. But the reality is, as a hockey club we were awful.”
Rockets @ Eagles (Thurs., March 15, 8:30 pm)
Eagles @ Rockets (Sat., March 17, 7:30 pm)