The final score finished 9-7 for the Aigles over the Vankleek Hill Cougars at the Saint-Isidore Arena, with the home team rallying in the third period with six goals to win the game.
The Cougars scored every period of the match and had a 6-3 lead over Saint-Isidore after punching in two unanswered goals in the second period. Jonathan Lacroix nailed a hat trick during his time on the ice for Vankleek Hill, with Nikolas Ayotte, Zacharie Leblanc, Samuel Lemay, and Christophe Quann finishing up the Cougars’ score.
Top shooters for the home team were Yanick Dicaire and Jonathan Paquette, each with two goals apiece. Scoring single pointers to help win the game that night for Saint-Isidore were Philippe Brunet, Kevin Howson, Alexis Leclerc, Nicholas Roy, and Ryan Wells.
Winning weekend for Castors
The Clarence Creek Castors enjoyed a winning weekend against the Bytown Royals and the West Carleton Inferno.
The Castors crowned the Royals 5-2 at the Bernard-Grandmaître Arena after a scoreless first period for both sides. Clarence Creek and Bytown each managed two goals in the second period, but third belonged to the Castors with three unanswered goals to win the Friday night match.
Kyle Goodman punched in a pair of points against the Royals while teammates Nicholas Gaumond, Logan Lefebvre, and Jacob Servant finished up with singles. Scoring for Bytown were Jérémie Bourbonnais and Mathieu O’Toole.
Sunday afternoon, at home, the Castors blew out the chances of a win for the West Carleton Inferno 5-1, with three unanswered goals spread across first and second periods and another pair of goals in third. The Inferno’s one goal from Colin Gourgon went into the net in the third period.
Scoring two points for the Castors was Jordan Croll-Stevenson while teammates Samuel Gaudet, Austin Laprade, and Jacob Servant popped in singles.
The Vankleek Hill Cougars are leading the East Division of the National Capital Junior Hockey League (NCJHL) with 38 points after 27 games played. The Castors are sitting in second place in the division with 33 points after 27 games, and Saint-Isidore is third with 30 points after 29 games. In the overall combined standings for the NCJHL, the South Grenville Rangers are first with 49 points after 27 games, followed by Vankleek Hill, Clarence Creek, and Saint-Isidore.
The Cougars host the Castors Saturday night, over the January 25 weekend, and again January 29 as the makeup game for the January 11 match, rescheduled because of bad weather. The Cougars also host the North Dundas Rockets, late Sunday afternoon, January 26.
Saint-Isidore faces the South Grenville Rangers January 25 at the Cardinal Arena, then hosts the Gatineau Hull-Volant Sunday night January 26.
The Castors are in Vankleek Hill January 25 and 29. The second game is a rescheduling of the January 11 match, which was postponed because of the weather. The Castors welcome the Royals for a rematch Sunday afternoon, January 26.