Rockland clinches playoff berth, snaps losing streak

Anil Jhalli
Rockland clinches playoff berth, snaps losing streak
Guillaume Laubre of the Rockland Nationals in game action. The Navan Grads beat the Nats in their second round CCHL playoff series four games to one. (Photo : Patrick Bergeron)

The Rockland Nationals clinched a playoff spot in the 2023-2024 CCHL postseason with two wins over the weekend. 

It was a rough stretch for the Nationals, who snapped their four-game losing streak with wins against the Kemptville 73’s and the Brockville Braves.  

The Nats opened the week with back-to-back losses on the road against the Carleton Place Canadians on Tuesday, Feb. 27, and the Ottawa Junior Senators on Wednesday, Feb. 28.  

Rockland returned home two days later, hosting the 73’s on Friday, March 1, and earning a 5-4 win against the visiting team.  

Alex Kelloway and Anthony Hall each had a goal and an assist to help the Nationals to their first victory in a week.  

The winning ways continued for Rockland, who hosted the Braves two days later on Sunday, March 3, scoring seven goals in a 7-4 win over Brockville.  

Captain Xavier Laurent led the way with two goals and an assist and was named the game’s first star. Teammate Kellen Dostaler was named the game’s second star after also scoring two goals in the win.  

The Nationals are off for nearly a week, with their next game on Friday March 8 when they host the Nepean Raiders at the Rockland Arena.  

They hit the road the following day and visit the Renfrew Wolves on Saturday, March 9. 

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