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Nats and Wolves share points on double-header weekend

Defeating Renfrew at home was surely a buoy to the spirits of the Nats who have struggled to consistently get points on the board week after week. Taking two points from the Robinson division second-place Wolves was a small victory, despite dropping two points to them a day later.  — photo Patrick Bergeron
Defeating Renfrew at home was surely a buoy to the spirits of the Nats who have struggled to consistently get points on the board week after week. Taking two points from the Robinson division second-place Wolves was a small victory, despite dropping two points to them a day later.
photo Patrick Bergeron
Winning four of their last five games, the Renfrew Wolves came to the Rockland Arena on Friday, January 20, expecting to add to their run of good fortune, but a resilient Nationals team secured an early lead and held on tight for a home win.

Heading into another double-header weekend, the Nats were looking to rebound after a 7-3 loss to Smith Falls a week before. Scoring an early short-handed goal Kyle Leonard put the Nats in the lead against the Wolves with a sixth-minute goal in the first period.

Though Renfrew would respond with one of their own, Guillaume Labre helped the Nats keep the lead heading into the second, scoring his third goal of the season. Captain Yanic Crête would extend the lead early in the second period, giving the Nats a little extra space, to allow for a power-play goal from the Wolves, making it 3-2 for the Nats.

While the first and second periods saw the Nats take 22 shots on goals compared to Renfrew’s 13, the Nats took a defensive position, absorbing 14 shots on goal from the Wolves and doling out just nine of their own. Despite the pressure the Nats held on to give them their 15th win of season.

However, the following day the table would tilt in Renfrew’s favour as the teams faced off again on the Wolves’ home ice.

The Wolves held on to a 3-0 lead for the first two periods of the game, despite several penalties against them. The Nats rallied in the third, bringing themselves within one point of tying the score thanks to goals from Kai Stothers and Vicor Barakett, but the Wolves would find the back of the net once more before the Nats’ Crête could put away the final goal of the night, bringing the final score to 4-3 for the Wolves.

Next on the docket for the Nats is taking on the second-place Navan Grads on Wednesday, January 25, at home, followed by last-place Nepean on Friday.

The Nats have yet to win a game against the Grads this season, but have had much more success againt Nepean, winning two out of their three meetings so far.