WINCHESTER – A little more than a week removed from the season-opening National Capital Junior Hockey League showcase, executives with the North Dundas Rockets continue to fine tune the team’s roster.
An exhibition game Sat., Sept. 7 at Winchester’s Joel Steele Community Centre was to serve as a precursor to an eventual drawdown of the list, but the lopsided affair was far from an indication of what’s to come.
General manager Robyn Sadler noted that “it wasn’t much of a game, unfortunately,” given that the visiting Metcalfe Jets were short quite a few players.
In the end, the Rockets steamrolled to a 13-4 victory.
Highlights included a five-point night from Jarrett Williams, and four points from the returning Brett Lannin, who is back with North Dundas after a stint with the Elliott Lake Wildcats of the Junior “A” Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League.
“That’s a couple of local boys making an impact in the game for sure,” Sadler said.
Four local midget-aged players also suited up with the Rockets, with Cam Sherrer, Curtis Bowman, Kobe Young and Owen Richardson getting a feel for the junior ranks.
A key roster move made last week saw North Dundas sign Josh Tapp, who last year played with the “AA” Gloucester Rangers.
“I watched Josh play there last year, and I am really excited to have him playing ‘D’ for us this year,” Sadler said.
The Rockets still have some players skating with CCHL2 teams, with each expected back in the North Dundas line-up this season.
Roster spots have also been juggled given the series of trades made, with North Dundas shipping the playing rights of Simon Juneau-Richer to the Gatineau-Hull Volant in exchange for future considerations, and sending Mckay Balaton to Metcalfe for players to be named later. Hugo Lusignan was also sent to the Volants.
“On the whole, I like the core we have to start the year and will continue in the next couple of weeks to round out the roster,” Sadler said. “As always, this is a stressful time of year, as it is never easy to make decisions when you have kids trying out for a team they are hoping to make.”
The general manager noted the roster should be better solidified following this week’s games, which sees the Rockets in Ottawa Fri., Sept. 13 to take on the Bytown Royals and then back in Winchester Sun., Sept. 15 against the visiting Royals.
The Rockets annual fundraising golf tournament goes ahead Sat., Sept. 14 at Cedar Glen Golf Course. The cost is $65 per player.
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