The Gatineau Hull-Volant took down the Cougars 5-2 at the end of the game. Cougars’ Coach Franky Dopelhamer remarked, in a post-game email, that it was “a tough loss” for Vankleek Hill against the leading team in the National Capital Junior Hockey League (NCJHL), but the players made the most of their scoring chances. They just had back puck luck on the net.
“It was a good game, they (Cougars) had their chances, and goalie Fred Durocher was solid in the net,” stated Dopelhamer. “The Cougars made good use of their affiliated players, Cédric Gagnon and Brenden Easterbrook in the lineup, and they were happy to have their captain, Keean McEachern, come back from his injury.”
Dopelhamer observed that the Cougars still lacked six of their regular players during the play, including the team’s top two goalscorers, Nicolas Castonguay and Samuel Lemay.
“So, all in all, they had a young lineup, and it was a good experience for the younger players,” stated Dopelhamer. “It showed them that they need to put in that extra work to compete against the league’s top teams.”
Gatineau led the scoring 2-1 after the first period and 4-2 at the end of the second, marking their final goal on an empty net in third, to finish the score at 5-2. Shooting in goals for Vankleek Hill were Justin Chaumont and Nikolas Ayotte. Assisting on the goals were Jonathan Lacroix and Trystan Lavoie, with Durocher-Bourdon in the net.
Gatineau goals included two from Robert Mochi and singles by Jérémy Cardinal, Dave Fréchette, and Hugo Lusignan. Assisting were Cardinal, Yoan Charron, Zachary Page, Danny Plourde-Grenon, and Jérémy Trudeau. Marc-Olivier Bastien guarded the net.
The December 14 game against the North Dundas Rockets has been rescheduled because of last Saturday night’s weather conditions. The Cougars are back in Gatineau for a rematch this Friday, then in Chesterville Saturday night against the North Dundas Rockets. Following the Christmas break, the Cougars host Saint-Isidore on January 4, and then go on the road to face the West Carleton Inferno January 5.
Saint-Isidore’s hockey fans enjoyed a winning mid-December weekend.
Saint-Isidore clipped the Bytown Royals 8-7 in last Friday’s road game, with Jakob Brunette and Bruno Leclerc both scoring a pair of goals. Single points for Saint-Isidore came from Jeremy Arbour, Kevin Howson, Alexis Leclerc, and Benjamin O’Connor. Assisting on the goals were Brunette, Howson, O’Connor, Bruno Leclerc, Sebastien Roy, and Ryan Wells. Dawson Irving guarded the net.
Joshua Renaud and Samuel Paquette each punched in a pair of goals for Bytown, with singles from Royals’ Jonathan Cauchon, Samuel Constantineau, and Luigi Peloso. Assisting were Constantineau, Paquette, Peloso, Renaud, Marc Charron, Mathieu Laurin, and Mathieu O’Toole. Zachary Bourassa and Danik Gervais shared net-minding duty.
Sunday night at home, Saint-Isidore beat the Metcalfe Jets 7-2. No game details were available at press time.
Saint-Isidore hosts the South Grenville Rangers, December 22. After the Christmas break, Saint-Isidore goes to Vankleek Hill to play the Cougars, January 4, then hosts the Clarence Creek Castors the following Sunday night.
A winning mid-December weekend for the Clarence Creek Castors.
The Castors beat the West Carleton Inferno 5-2 in Saturday night’s road game. Samuel Gaudet popped in a pair of goals for Clarence Creek while teammates Dominik Bourgeois, Zachary Payer, and Caleb Smith tallied singles. Assisting on the goalscoring were Gaudet, Nicholas Gaumond, Kyle Goodman, and Austin Laprade, with Andrew Larivière guarding the net.
Scoring for the Inferno were Colin Gourgon and Corbin Vennor, with assists coming from Callum Rogue, Joe Shrubsole, and Corey Symington. Alexander Miotla was in the net.
Sunday afternoon at home, the Castors put down the Morrisburg Lions 11-4. No game details were available at press time.
The Castors face the Bytown Royals in a road game, December 20, then return home Sunday to host the Gatineau Hull-Volant. Following the Christmas break, Clarence Creek and Gatineau have a rematch on January 3. The Castors are in Saint-Isidore the following Sunday night.