ST. ISIDORE – A three-goal second period outburst by the hometown St. Isidore Eagles, in combination with a lack of offence resulted in a 4-2 loss by the North Dundas Rockets.
Sunday’s (Nov. 19) setback sliced the Rockets’ National Capital Junior Hockey League record to 8-5-0 (16 points) and left them in fourth place two points behind the Cumberland Bandits (9-5-0).
This week’s (Sat., Nov. 25) home game at the Chesterville Arena will feature a visit from the league-leading Gatineau-Hull Volant (11-3-0). The Volant will provide stiff opposition for North Dundas as they attempt to put the brakes on their current three-game losing skid.
Rockets’ general manager Robyn Sadler said frustration is setting in because the team has produced just seven goals in those three losses.
“It is hard to understand how a team with the offensive abilities like ours has gone into such a dramatic slump,” said Sadler. “The frustration is wearing on our guys. Hopefully they can continue to battle through it and pucks will start going in.”
The Eagles cashed their first three goals in the second period on plays finished by Patrick Ranger, Jeremy Arbour and Jacob Boulanger (GWG). Zach Bougie added the fourth and final tally early in period three.
North Dundas’ offence managed to net just a pair of pucks, one by Justin Lefebvre (unassisted breakaway) in the first period and the other by Tanner Barnett (PPG, unassisted at 5:09) in the final frame.
Eagles’ captain Nicholas Souligny drew a match penalty for kicking and a major penalty for fighting at 10:09 of the third period setting the stage for Barnett’s PPG.
According to Sadler it’s better to slump in November than in February.
“The only fix to a slump is to continue to work hard,” offered the GM. “Our forecheck is weak and needs to improve, which would create more turnovers and a couple less passes in the offensive zone.”
“We need to get some traffic at the opposition’s net in order to get some dirty opportunities,” he added.
Nov. 18: The Rockets traded the playing rights of Dylan Nixon to the Metcalfe Jets for Ryan Carbonette’s rights.
Nov. 17: The Rockets acquired the playing rights of Griffin McCaffery from the Metcalfe Jets for Sheldon Holmes’ rights and future considerations.
Last Saturday’s (Nov. 18) home tilt with the Papineau Vikings (11-3-0) was cancelled due to an adverse weather warning.
This Sunday (Nov. 26), the Rockets will take on the South Grenville Rangers (3-9-1) in an afternoon matinee (1:30 pm) at the Leo Boivin Arena in Prescott.