The North Dundas Rockets welcomed the Vankleek Hill Cougars to the Chesterville Arena on Sat., Dec. 21, in the NCJHL. The Rockets’ defenseman, Cameron Brown (7) gets tied up with the Cougars’ defenseman, Mathieu Cloutier (9) as the puck gets deflected out of harm’s way. The Rockets’ Brett Lannin and Joel Hunt watch the puck escape. Moore photo
CHESTERVILLE—The North Dundas Rockets played two games this past weekend as they travelled to Metcalfe on Friday night to take on the Jets and welcomed the Vankleek Hill Cougars on Saturday night.
Cougars 7 Rockets 4
The North Dundas Rockets welcomed the Vankleek Hill Cougars to the Chesterville Arena on Sat., Dec. 21, in the NCJHL. The Rockets were coming off a tough 5-3 loss to the Metcalfe Jets the previous night and were on a three-game losing streak.
The Rockets got off to a great start scoring just eight seconds into the first period as Justin Lefebvre was sprung on a breakaway and he made no mistake snapping one to the back of the net from Cameron Brown and Jarrett Williams, taking a 1-0 lead.
The Rockets took a two-goal lead when Joel Hunt rifled one home from Lefebvre and Williams at 13:45. The Cougars cut the deficit in half with 45 seconds remaining in the opening frame on the power play. The Rockets took a 2-1 lead into the first intermission.
The Cougars tied the game just one minute into the second period and took their first lead of the game at 4:18 on another power play. The Rockets tied the game at 13:45 as Hunt scored his second of the game from Brett Lannin and Brown on the power play.
The teams took a three-all draw into the second intermission. The Rockets retook the lead when Lefebvre scored his second the game from Hunt and Williams just 1:03 into the third period. The Cougars tied the game at four at 10:34 and retook the lead at 16:47.
The Rockets pulled their goalie in favour of an extra attacker with less than two minutes remaining but that didn’t go as planned as the Cougars found the abandoned cage making it 6-4. The Rockets pulled their goalie for a second time trying to catch up but again the Cougars found the empty net.
The Cougars took the game 7-4 handing the Rockets their fourth consecutive loss. The Cougars outshot the Rockets 39-27. Suffering the loss in the Rockets’ goal was Sebastien Moreau making 32 saves.
Jets 5 Rockets 3
The North Dundas Rockets travelled to the Larry Robinson Arena in Metcalfe on Fri., Dec. 20, to take on the Jets in the NCJHL. The Rockets went into the game in second place in the West Division with a .500 record of 10 wins and 10 losses.
The Jets opened the scoring when Austin Hutt scored from Alex Cloutier and Dawson Sharpley at 3:28 of the first period to take a 1-0 lead. The Rockets tied the game when Jarrett Williams snapped one to the back of the net from Jack Dewan and Jack Van Kessel at 7:26.
The Jets retook the lead when Alex Gordon scored from Braden Kehoe and Conor Roche at 13:09. The Jets took a two-goal lead when Alex MacNeil scored from Colin Faubert and Cloutier on the power play with 1:41 remaining in the opening frame.
The Jets took a 3-1 lead into the first intermission. The Rockets got to within one as Justin Lefebvre blasted one home from Williams and Cole Hodges just 1:17 into the second period.
The Jets retook a two-goal lead when Kehoe scored from Rocco Barresi at 3:21 and made it 5-2 as MacNeil scored his second of the game from Mark Morrison and Sharpley at 4:30. The Rockets closed the gap to two as Cole fired one home from Lefebvre and Williams with 2:08 remaining in the middle frame.
The Jets took a 5-3 lead into the second intermission. The Rockets outshot the Jets in the third period 11-6 but neither team was able to put the puck to the back of the net as the Jets hung on to take the game 5-3.
The Rockets outshot the Jets 37-33. Suffering the loss in the Rockets’ goal was Emerson Hunt making 11 saves on 16 shots. He was replaced by Sebastien Moreau who made 23 saves.
Picking up the win in the Jets’ goal was Jett Miller making 34 saves.
The North Dundas Rockets travel to the Larry Robinson Arena in Metcalfe on Fri., Jan. 3 to take on the Jets at 8:15 p.m. and welcome the Bytown Royals to the Chesterville Arena on Sat., Jan. 4 at 7:30 p.m.