Two losses make for a tough week for Nats

Par Raymond Berthiaume
Two losses make for a tough week for Nats
Nats hockey

The midweek game saw the Nats open up the scoring in the first period with Patrick Lanthier’s fifth goal of the season. However, the Nats wouldn’t hold on to the lead long after the Junior Senators capitalized on a powerplay off a bench penalty for too many men on the ice. Ottawa followed up with another powerplay goal four minutes later and an even-sided goal two minutes after that to make the score 3-1 Ottawa at the end of the second.

Adriano Lombardo-Tullo put another on the board, and his 10th on the season, for the Nats before Charles Locas scored late in the game to bring it into a scoreless overtime, followed by a shootout. With none of the first nine shooters scoring, Ottawa’s Michael Hebert put away the final opportunity to give the home team the win.

On Remembrance Day, the Nats hosted the Carleton Place Canadians, to whom they lost 6-4 two weeks prior. Penalties were the theme of the game, more so than goals with the Nats serving 12 minutes and the Canadians 10 minutes total for the game. The Canadians were on the board first in the first period, but both teams took advantage of their opponent’s time in the penalty box, each scoring on powerplays in the second to make the score 2-1 Ottawa going into the third period. The final period did not see any goals until the final minute as the Canadians slid one into an empty net, securing the 3-1 victory.

The Nats now find themselves in fourth place with an 8-6-1-2 record (19 points) and with a game in hand over the third-place Hawkesbury Hawks. Rockland takes on the fifth-place Cornwall Colts on Thursday, followed by the second-place Navan Grads on Friday. The Nats defeated Cornwall 8-1 the last time the team met, but lost 6-1 to Navan during their last encounter.

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