CLARENCE CREEK – How loud will the Chesterville Arena be Thursday night?
The Clarence Castors are all but certain to find out when they’re in town March 14 for game four with the North Dundas Rockets.
In a back and forth semi-final series to date, it was the Castors who grabbed the lead Sun., March 10 with a 4-2 win in Clarence Creek.
Both sides played to a 1-1 deadlock in the first period, while it was the Rockets who went ahead by one in the middle session.
Three unanswered goals from the Clarence side in the third period sealed North Dundas’ fate.
Scoring for the Rockets were Kyle Collette and Jarrett Williams, with assists going to Justin Lefebvre and captain Brad Stitt.
On home ice in Chesterville Sat., March 9, the Rockets served notice that they can hang with the regular season pennant winners.
North Dundas broke open a 1-1 tie in the second period with a series of goals, jumping into a 4-2 lead.
In the third, the Rockets piled on with two more to stretch the final score to 6-2.
Scoring for North Dundas were Collette, who had a big night with a pair of goals, including the game winner, and individual markers from Cameron Brown, Connor Roth, Mckay Balaton, and Lefebvre.
Helper points went to Tanner Barnett, Matthew Cowley, Hugo Lusignan, Roth (two), Stitt, Lefebvre, Jack van Kessel, Brown, and Jarrett Williams (two).
The win on home ice made up for the series-opening 3-1 loss in Clarence Creek the night before (Fri., March 8).
Collette (from Lefebvre and Brown) put North Dundas on the board in the second period, cutting the Castors to 2-1, but it is as close as the Rockets would get.
Goaltender Reilly Tondreau worked 179 minutes through the first three games of the series, allowing nine goals and working to a 1-2 record.
News and notes
• Among the playoff scoring leaders, the Rockets have two players in the top 10. Roth is in third place with 11 points (eight goals and three assists). His post-season goals total is the highest in the league to date.
• Williams is in the eighth spot, one of a handful of players with 10 points, netting three goals and adding seven assists in seven playoff games.
• And speaking of Tondreau, he’s ranked second among starting goaltenders in this post-season, having played 493 total minutes and amassing a goals against average of 2.80.
• Game four in Chesterville is tomorrow night (Thurs., March 14) and game five sends both teams back to Clarence Creek Fri., March 15. Puck drop both nights is 8 pm.
• If needed, game six is set for Chesterville Sat., March 16 (7:30 pm start) and game seven will be played in Clarence Creek Sun., March 17 (2:15 pm start).