CHESTERVILLE – With two games left on the 2018 slate, the North Dundas Rockets appear firmly entrenched in second place in the National Capital Junior Hockey League’s West Division.
Six points separate the Rockets from the top seeded South Grenville Rangers, with North Dundas holding down a 11-7-1 record while the Rangers, who have yet to lose a game this season at Cardinal’s Ingredion Centre, sport a 14-4-1 total.
Both teams have skated in 19 games to date.
The Metcalfe Jets, meanwhile, sit in third place with a 7-14-1 record. The Jets also hold the dubious honour of giving the previously winless West Carleton Inferno (1-16-4) their first victory of the season, dropping a 3-2 decision Sat., Dec. 15.
Just four points now separate the Inferno and the lowly Morrisburg Lions, losers of five in a row with a 3-17-2 record.
Rockets ground Volant
The Gatineau-Hull Volant flew into the Chesterville and District Arena Dec. 15 looking to begin an upward trajectory in the East Division.
The Volant’s record to date sits at 6-13-1, which has them in last place and six points back of the fourth-place Bytown Royals.
North Dundas wasn’t feeling an opposition win, however.
The Rockets worked to a 3-1 lead in the first period, but clung to a 4-3 lead by the end of the second frame.
The Rockets and Volant traded goals in the third.
Tom Fingler, who was credited with the game winner, and Brad Nash had two goal nights for North Dundas, and Justin Lefebvre, who continues his push for the league’s scoring title, added a single marker.
Assists went to captain Brad Stitt (two), Lefebvre (two), Dylan Robinson, Sebastien Roy, and Nash.
Reilly Tondreau worked the full 60 minutes in the Rockets nets, earning his eighth win of the campaign.
News and notes
• In 19 games played, Lefebvre has piled up 22 goals and 30 assists for 52 points, which has him alone in second place in the league’s scoring race. There’s a logjam for the top spot, with St. Isidore’s Jakob Brunette and Kevin Howson, and Clarence Castors’ forward Patrick Lemay each working to 53 points. Brunette holds the edge with 28 goals to date.
• Captain Stitt is in fourth place, with 18 goals and 21 assists for 39 points in 19 games.
• Goaltender Tondreau has eight wins this year to go with four losses in 14 starts, allowing 50 goals. His goals against average at this stage is 4.19.
• The Rockets close out the year with the Morrisburg Lions in Chesterville Sat., Dec. 22 for a 7:30 pm puck drop, and then a trip to Cardinal for a 4:40 pm showdown with the first place South Grenville Rangers Sun., Dec. 23.