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Nats go one for two on victories

The Rockland Nationals split their last three games of the October schedule in the Central Canada Hockey League. The Nats beat the Cornwall Colts in overtime but lost to the Carleton Place Canadians in a shootout situation. Smiths Falls won a narrow victory against the Nats in last Friday’s home game at the CIH Arena — archives
The Rockland Nationals split their last three games of the October schedule in the Central Canada Hockey League. The Nats beat the Cornwall Colts in overtime but lost to the Carleton Place Canadians in a shootout situation. Smiths Falls won a narrow victory against the Nats in last Friday’s home game at the CIH Arena
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The final week of their October game schedule saw the Rockland Nationals split their last three games with a win against Cornwall but narrow losses to Smiths Falls and Carleton Place.

Rockland slipped away with a win from the Colts in overtime play, October 24 in Cornwall, with Gunnar Smith firing in the final point two minutes into the overtime play, off a pass from Nats’ assistant captain Jack Sullivan.

The Nats outshot the Colts almost two to one throughout the game, though Cornwall was first on the scoreboard with a point by Will McKinley, midway through the first period, assisted by Charlie Skinner and Kyle Lightfoot.

Simon Labelle put Rockland on the board in the first half of the second period, with help from Smith and David Lafrance. Aidan Hilton then pushed the Nats into the lead with a power-play goal, assisted by David Lafrance and David Menges. McKinley tied up the score with the Colts’ final goal, midway in the third period, assisted by Emerick Nadeau and Bryan O’Mara.

Smiths Falls

Rockland hosted Smiths Falls last Friday, with the Bears getting a 3-1 win over the Nats, even though the Nats had twice as many shots on goal compared to the Bears.

Smiths Falls took an early lead during the first two minutes of the opening period. Alex Lewis fired in the first point within 20 seconds of beginning of the game, assisted by Cade Helmer and Ryan Richardson. Two minutes later Ethan Nystrom extended the lead, assisted by Tate Leeson and Theo Todd. Nats’ assistant captain Cole Craft put Rockland on the scoreboard at the period mid-mark, on a power play, with help from fellow assistant captain Cameron Scrivens and Matthew Vermaeten.

Leeson scored an unassisted goal for Smiths Falls early in the second period. There was no answering goal from Rockland and neither side scored in the third period.

Carleton Place

Sunday’s final game of October for Rockland saw the Nats lose a shootout match to the Carleton Place Canadians.

Craft had Rockland on the board first with an unanswered goal in the first period, with assistance from Scrivens.

Second period scoring see-sawed back and forth with Canadians Ryland Mosley tying up the score in the first 30 seconds, on a power play, helped by Caleb Kear and  Brett Thorne. Sullivan put Rockland ahead again six minutes later, also on a power play, with help from Labelle and Smith.

Daniel Nelson retied the score, with assists from fellow Canadians Ryan Bonfield and Kerfalla Toure. Craft broke the tie again for the Nats with an assist by Smith.

Mosley tied up the score one last time, early in third period, with an unanswered goal for Carleton Place, helped by David Gagnon. Overtime period play was scoreless, leading to a shootout. Smith got a point for Rockland but Carleton Place took the game with one point from Jake Code and the winning goal by David Gagnon.

The Nats are in Brockville November 1 and then Navan on November 3. They host Ottawa November 6.