CHESTERVILLE – The North Dundas Rockets (16-6-0) picked up a win in Blackburn against the Inferno and at home against Bytown over the weekend.
The team currently sits in third place, two points back of the second place Gatineau Hull Volants.
Travelling to Blackburn on Fri., Jan. 5, the Rockets faced an Inferno (4-19-1) squad that sits second to last in the standings. The Rockets’ offence overpowered the Inferno in a 9-1 victory.
Jack van Kessel opened the scoring after he deflected a shot from Shawn Simms. Justin Lefebvre added the other assist.
Five minutes later, Landon Veenstra (Brad Stitt) doubled up the Rockets’ lead when he slid the puck between the legs of Inferno goalie Anthony Kervin.
Tom Fingler closed out the first period with a goal of his own, getting assists from Veenstra and Matthew Cowley.
The Rockets scored three more goals in the middle frame with Brad Stitt, Mckay Balaton and Bryden van Kessel finding the back of the net.
North Dundas tacked on another three to close out the game in the third. Fingler, J. van Kessel and Lefebvre sealed the blowout victory with goals.
Rockets victorious at home
B. van Kessel carried the offense in a 6-2 rout of the last place Bytown Royals on Sat., Jan. 6 in Chesterville.
Midway through the first period, van Kessel opened the scoring as he put the puck past Royals goalie Ryan Black.
Not long after, van Kessel scored on the power play off of a pass from Brodie Barkley.
The scoring spree for van Kessel concluded in the third period as the Rockets’ captain netted his final two goals. Fingler and Lefebvre picked up assists on the goals.
With the Rockets’ up by a pair late in the game, Shawn Simms (Nick Sourges) sealed the win with an empty-net goal.
Barkley scored on a breakaway with four seconds left in the game for the Rockets’ sixth goal.
“It was definitely a great way to start the second half of the year,” Rockets general manager Rob Sadler said. “As always is the case in the NCJHL, the positioning is tight; meaning every point we get from here on out is crucial.”
The Rockets will travel to Vankleek Hill on Sat., Jan. 13 to take on the Cougars in their only game this weekend.