CHESTERVILLE – It was a clean sweep of the competition for the North Dundas Devils at the Chesterville and District Arena last week.
Two days after the girls’ hockey team trimmed their opponents in a pair of games, the boys’ squad took the ice Wed., Dec. 5 looking to do the same.
In the daylong tournament’s opening game, the Devils took on familiar foes, taking on their county rivals in the Seaway Spartans.
Both head coach Aron Sherrer and assistant Kevin Bell agreed the game had an “up-tempo” pace to, given that players on both sides of the ice are familiar with one-another. In some cases they are teammates, and in others the rivalry carries over from battles between minor hockey associations in North and South Dundas.
It was the north side that won the game, with the Devils getting goals from Joey Hannaford (from Nic Brugmans and Adam Barkley) and Cam Sherrer (from Curtis Bell and Brad McLean) to begin the day with a 2-1 victory.
The Devils also held the edge in shots on goal with 22 to the Spartans’ 13.
“We did not capitalize on all our scoring opportunities in the first game,” Bell said after the win, but praised the team’s effort in the low scoring match.
Game two for North Dundas came against the La Citadelle Patriotes later in the day.
It was the Patriotes that opened the game’s scoring when forward Tristan Morin pounced on a loose puck coughed up in front of Devils’ goaltender Liam Antille.
Bell (from McLean and Barkley) tied the contest before the period ended.
In the second, Ben Fingler scored his first of three on the afternoon, assisted by Brugmans and Hannaford.
Hannaford then connected with Fingler again, this time with a little more than a minute remaining in the frame, pushing the Devils lead to 3-1.
The third period saw North Dundas sticking to form as Barkley (from Fingler) found the back of the La Citadelle net, and Fingler completed his hat trick with an unassisted marker with 15 seconds left in the game.
“I thought the team played well… We moved the puck well and cycled down low effectively against both teams,” Bell said. “[It was] a good start to the season.”