The North Dundas Rockets welcomed the Metcalfe Jets to the Chesterville Arena on Sat., Dec. 9, in the NCJHL. The Rockets rookie forward Justin Lefevbre (11) has done nothing but score since coming to town. He has scored 15 goals and added nine assists in just 17 games with the Rockets this season. Lefebvre is also affiliated with the Ottawa West Golden Knights of the CCHL2 and has scored two goals in five games. Sawyer Helmer photo
CHESTERVILLE –The North Dundas Rockets had just a single game this past weekend.
Rockets 8 Jets 2: The Rockets welcomed the Metcalfe Jets to the Chesterville Arena on Sat., Dec. 9, in the NCJHL. The Rockets sat in fourth place heading into the game, one point behind the surging Cumberland Bandits, and two points ahead of the St. Isidore Eagles in fifth. The Rockets were riding a four-game winning steak and have completely dismantled the competition in those four games.
The Jets sat in sixth place and were coming off a 6-2 victory over the expansion Blackburn Inferno. The Rockets opened the scoring when Landon Veenstra slapped one to the back of the net at 14:32 from Tom Fingler and Brodie Barkley to take a 1-0 lead. The Rockets made it 2-0 when Shawn Simms riffled one home with 2:12 remaining in the opening frame from Bryden Van Kessel and Connor Roth.
The Rockets took the 2-0 lead into the first intermission. The Jets cut the deficit in half when Sebastien Roy scored a power-play goal from William Lachapelle and Dylan Nixon at 14:06 but the Rockets got that one back as Roth scored an unassisted tally at 17:33. The Rockets took a 3-1 lead into the second intermission.
The Rockets came out on fire in the third period as Barkley sniped one from Brad Stitt and Veenstra on the power play at 3:05 of the third period to make it 4-1. The Rockets made it 5-1 when Justin Lefebvre scored an unassisted goal at 5:32 and 6-1 at 8:40 as Van Kessell lit the lantern from Fingler and Roth on the power play.
The Rockets made it 7-1 less than a minute later as Veenstra scored his second of the game from Fingler and Jace Legue. The Rockets scored their third power-play goal of the game when Van Kessel netted his second of the game at 15:02 from Legue and Lefebvre to make it 8-1.
The Jets added a late goal with just 1:53 remaining as Lachapelle snapped one home from Roy and Tyler Jodoin but it was too little too late as the Rockets took the game 8-2 extending their winning streak to five games and moving into sole possession of third place. Picking up the win in the Rockets’ goal was Jason Buma making 25 saves on 27 shots.
Up next: Sat., Dec. 16, 7:30 p.m., Rockets vs. St. Isidore Eagles, Chesterville Arena; Sun., Dec. 17, 2:30 p.m., Rockets vs. Clarence Castors, Clarence Creek Arena.