Back in third-place after securing tie, win
CHESTERVILLE – The North Dundas Rockets jumped back into third-place after picking up three out of a possible four points last weekend.
The Rockets travelled to Metcalfe Fri., Feb. 2 to take on the Jets, winners of four straight games.
The tilt in Metcalfe was a back and forth game that ended in a 4-4 tie.
North Dundas’ captain Bryden van Kessel opened the scoring at 6:42 in the first period. Conner Roth picked up the assist on the opening goal.
Shawn Simms gave the Rockets’ a two-goal lead early in the second period after being set up by Justin Lefebvre.
The lead was short-lived after Metcalfe responded with four unanswered goals.
Tyler Jodoin netted the first at 15:54 with assists going to William Lachapelle and Nathan Bols. Lachapelle evened the game three minutes later off of passes from Evan Mantha and Bols.
The Jets extended their lead by two after goals from Bols and Jodoin to close out the middle frame.
The third period saw a rejuvenated Rockets squad claw back after Lefebvre and van Kessel scored to force overtime.
After both North Dundas and Metcalfe exchanged scoring chances, the teams settled for a draw.
Rockets 5 – Lions 3
The Rockets sent the Morrisburg Lions home from the Chesterville Arena Sat., Feb. 3 after beating them 5-3.
North Dundas outshot the Lions 19-4 in the first period but they couldn’t put the puck past Lions’ goalie Dean Gauvreau.
Simms opened the scoring for the Rockets 38 seconds into the second period after being set-up by Lefebvre and van Kessel.
Former Rocket Bailey Norman scored midway through the period to even the game. Thomas Ouderkirk and Brian Landry tallied assists on the goal.
Two minutes later, Josh Barnes gave the visiting Lions a lead on an unassisted goal.
With four minutes remaining in the second period, Matt Cowley scored on the powerplay to tie up the game for North Dundas.
Aaron Smith gave the Lions the lead with less than two minutes left in the period off a pass from Cal Bilmer.
The third period saw Rockets’ captain van Kessel take over the game for the Rockets. van Kessel scored a natural hat-trick to give North Dundas a crucial win.
Jason Buma recorded his 18th victory on the season, putting him in second-place in the wins category in the National Capital Junior Hockey League.
Rockets’ general manager Rob Sadler said the weekend’s results were much needed.
“I can say that getting three of a possible four points this weekend was important,” he said.
“I was happy with the effort. It was nice to see a full lineup for both games.”
The Rockets welcomed back leading scorer van Kessel after he missed the last three games due to work commitments.
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