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Castors take 2-0 lead against Jets

Les Castors de Clarence ont pris une avance de 2-0 dans la série contre les Jets de Metcalfe, après avoir défait leurs adversaires 6-0 et 5-1 au cours du weekend. — Photo N. Roy
Les Castors de Clarence ont pris une avance de 2-0 dans la série contre les Jets de Metcalfe, après avoir défait leurs adversaires 6-0 et 5-1 au cours du weekend.
Photo N. Roy
The Clarence Castors took a two-game lead in their first round series against the Metcalfe Jets last weekend as they defeated them 6-0 and 5-1 in back-to-back games.

Nicholas Guindon scored a hat-trick and added an assist to lead his team to victory on Saturday. Martin Cayden scored two goals and Jacob Servant notched a goal and a helper as well. Xavier Brunet, Jordan Croll-Stevenson, Nikolas Guindon, Zachary Payer, Alex Ross and Caleb Smith all scored assists for the Castors. Clarence Goaltender Corey Camirand was also perfect in front of the net to shut out the Jets’ offense. 

The Castors won again pretty convincingly on Sunday, defeating the Jets 5-1. Mathieu Brennan scored two goals for the home team, with Nicholas Gaumond, Martin Cayden and Zachary Payer notching the other markers. Tyler Cummins, Jacob Lefebvre, Xavier Brunet, Graham Clermont, Alderic Denis and Jaddus Savoie all scored assists for the Castors in the victory. Corey Camirand was excellent yet again in front of the Castors’ net, allowing only one goal by the opposing team. 

Castors’ Head Coach Tim Kosch is happy with his team’s performance against the Jets, but he wants to ensure his team doesn’t get complacent, because the level of competition will only rise as the team gets deeper into the playoffs. 

“Of course, it helps to build confidence when you can score five or six goals in a game,” said Kosch, “but we don’t want to form bad habits or get sloppy just because we’re playing the second worst team in the league. We know this is not representative of the level of competition we will face as we get deeper into the playoffs.” 

The Castors’ head coach is concentrating on making sure his players are playing within the system and staying focused on the task at hand: “We’re just focused on what we’re building right now, taking things one game at a time and making sure our team is playing responsibly as a unit. We were the best team in the league this year and we want to set the tone for the playoffs. We’ll make the other teams adapt to what we’re doing rather than the other way around.” 

 NCJHL 2021-2022 Awards

The NCJHL announced the winners for the 2021-2022 individual awards and the Castors are very well represented among the winners. Goaltender Corey Camirad won both Regular Season MVP and Best Goaltender. Defenseman Connor Head-Smith won Most Sportsmanlike Player and Xavier Brunet was awarded with Rookie of the Year. Head Coach Tim Kosch also won Coach of the Year for leading his team to the top of the general standings. 

Photo N. Roy