CHESTERVILLE – Six games into the 2017-2018 National Capital Junior Hockey League (NCJHL) campaign, the North Dundas Rockets will finally skate on Chesterville ice.
Saturday (Oct. 14) at 7:30 pm the Rockets will face off against the expansion Blackburn Inferno marking the team’s first home game of the season.
Rockets GM Robyn Sadler reports that representatives of both the Winchester and Chesterville Lions Clubs, the team’s major sponsors, will take part in the ceremonial face off.
The Rockets will carry a 3-1-0 record into Friday’s (Oct. 13) tilt against the Metcalfe Jets (2-2-0) at the Larry Robinson Arena.
With six points, North Dundas occupies third place in the standings along with the Cumberland Bandits (3-2-0). First place belongs to the Papineau Vikings (5-2-0) who have collected 10. The Gatineau-Hull Volant (4-1-0) stand alone in second with eight points.
Dundas County’s other club, the Morrisburg Lions (1-5-0), share 11th place (12 teams) with the St. Isidore Eagles (1-3-0), each with two points.
Rockets 5 – Cougars 4
North Dundas assistant captain Shawn Simms cashed the GWG as the Rockets nipped the host Cougars 5-4 in Vankleek Hill on Saturday (Oct. 7).
North Dundas was awarded a penalty shot with 2.5 seconds left on the clock and Simms made no mistake burying the deciding biscuit.
The first period was scoreless. It was deadlocked 2-2 after two stanzas.
Newcomer Connor Roth cracked two goals, one on the power play, and added two assists for the Rockets. Simms finished the game with two goals and one assist while Landon Veenstra (1-2-3) supplied three points. Bradley Stitt and Bryden van Kessel each picked up a helper.
Jason Buma was the winning ’tender.
“Everyone put their nose to the grindstone and got our team the win,” said Sadler. “In a game like Saturday’s that’s all you can ask for.”