Nats continue early season roll

by Joseph Coppolino - EAP
Nats continue early season roll
The Nats have now squeaked out three wins in three games to start off the 2023-2024 season. (Photo : Patrick Bergeron)

The Rockland Nationals started a winning streak last week, adding two more to the season’s win column, making them 3-0 heading into week three.

With a game in hand due to a postponement in week one, the Nats went down to Cornwall on Thursday, September 21, to face off against the Colts.

The Nats opened the scoring nearly right off the drop of the puck with Kyle Leonard scoring unassisted 25 seconds into the game, marking his second for the season.

Rockland would stay on that trajectory for the first period with Jack Treacy getting his first of the season within three minutes, followed by Jaden Davis in the ninth minute.

Cornwall’s Tristan Miron, however, book-ended the intermission with two goals of his own, one 17 minutes into the first and another just 48 seconds into the second period, bringing the Colts within one of the Nats.

A Colts check to the head penalty gave Mathieu Fillion the chance to capitalize on the powerplay, giving the Nats more breathing room, but Cornwall responded a minute later to close the gap once again.

In the third, Mathieu Paquin gave the away side their game winning goal, despite the Colts adding one more to the scoreboard before the game was up, making the final score 5-4 for Rockland.

Taking on the Navan Grads at home the following day, September 22, proved to be a more significant challenge for the Nats who went down two early in the first before Kellen Dostaler pulled them out the hole in the 15th minute.

Kyle Leonard and Guillaume Labre would put the home side in the black with one each in the second, leaving the third period scoreless and giving the Nats a 3-2 rallying win.

Next up for the Nats includes a home game against the Renfrew Wolves Friday night, September 29, before heading to take on cup champions the Ottawa Junior Senators in Gloucester on Saturday. The Nats lost to the Junior Senators in all five match-ups last year.

The Nats and Junior Senators game will be streamed live on

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