Downed by Jets, topple Inferno
CHESTERVILLE – It was an up and down weekend for the North Dundas Rockets.
The Metcalfe Jets visited the Chesterville and District Arena Sat., Dec. 8, and were cleared for takeoff with a 6-5 win.
It was a penalty-filled affair, with the Rockets being hit with 54 minutes in total, leaving the home side playing much of the game shorthanded.
Defenceman Cameron Brown was the night’s most infraction assessed pugilist, totalling 36 minutes in all to go alongside the single helper point he earned.
Captain Brad Stitt lit the lamp twice in the contest, foreshadowing for the high scoring weekend he would finish with.
The Rockets also got goals from Tanner Barnett, Justin Lefebvre, and Sebastien Roy (who also totalled 12 minutes in penalties).
Assists were registered to Mckay Balaton, Pierce Egan (two), Ethan Petersen, and Jack van Kessel.
Backup goaltender Caleb Gervais took the loss, allowing each of the six goals scored by Metcalfe.
The Jets (6-13-1) look to keep pace with North Dundas (10-7-1) in standings, sitting in the third spot in the West Division at this stage of the season with 13 points. The Rockets, however, have games in hand and 21 points to date.
West Carleton still winless
In Carp Sun., Dec. 9, North Dundas faced off against the winless West Carleton Inferno.
With the no intention of being the first team to lose to West Carleton, the Rockets worked themselves into a 6-2 lead in the first period.
Stitt continued his offensive firepower from the night before, bagging a hat trick.
Kobe Young, Connor Roth, Dylan Robinson, Lefebvre and van Kessel had single markers, with helper points going to Balaton (two), Matthew Cowley (two), Barnett, Lefebvre (four), Dylan Robinson (two), Brad Nash, and Carter Tait.
Reilly Tondreau was the night’s winning goaltender, allowing four goals, but earning an assist and picking up a two-minute penalty.
News and notes
• With a six point weekend, Lefebvre upped his season total to 21 goals and 28 assists (49 points), and moved into second place in the league’s scoring race. He’s just four points back of the leader, St-Isidore Eagles forward Jacob Brunette.
• Stitt, meanwhile, sits sixth in the scoring race with 18 goals and 19 assists (37 points). He’s tied with Bytown Royals forward, and Greely native, William Lachapelle.
• Though reserved to second-string, Gervais sits seventh among the league’s top goaltenders, with 300 minutes played and a goals against average of 3.40. In five starts, he has a three and two record, which features one shutout and 17 goals against.
•Rockets starter Tondreau has a seven and four record, with one shutout and 55 goals against. His play to date has him riding a 4.20 goals against average, just outside the top 10 in the league at the position.
•Up next for the Rockets is a home game Sat., Dec. 15 with the Gatineau-Hull Volant in Chesterville for a 7:30 pm puck drop.