The North Dundas Rockets welcomed the Metcalfe Jets to the Chesterville Arena on Sat., Feb. 1, in the NCJHL. The Rockets’ forward, Will Watson (14) tries to work his way in front of the Jets’ goal, as goalie, Josh Legault gets his stick down in the passing lane. Watson had a decent night, scoring a pair of goals helping the Rockets to a 10-4 victory. Moore photo

CHESTERVILLE—The North Dundas Rockets played three games in three nights this past weekend as they travelled to Ottawa to take on the Bytown Royals on Friday night, welcomed the Metcalfe Jets on Saturday night and the South Grenville Rangers on Sunday afternoon.

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The North Dundas Rockets welcomed the South Grenville Rangers to the Chesterville Arena on Sun., Feb. 2, in the NCJHL. The Rockets went into the game in second place in the West Division, 23 points behind the Rangers who were holding down top spot in the division and overall. 

The Rangers opened the scoring when Cooper Kingston scored from Owen Webster and Mathieu Giroux at 12:44 taking a 1-0 lead. The Rangers made a two-goal lead as Mark McKay scored from Jordan Poulin and Cameron Dillon at 14:20. The Rangers took a 2-0 lead into the first intermission. 

The Rangers made it 3-0 when Dylan Sharpley scored an unassisted goal at 3:09 of the second period. The Rockets got that one back as Justin Lefebvre scored his 100th career goal 5:36 from Hunt and Nicholas Carroll to cut the deficit to two. 

The Rockets got to within one as Hunt ripped one home from Lefebvre and Cameron Brown just 18 seconds later. The Rangers restored a two-goal lead when Webster scored from Giroux at 17:29. 

The Rangers took a three-goal lead when Poulin scored from Matthew O’Brien and Kingston with just 1:11 remaining in the middle frame. The Rangers took a 5-2 lead into the second intermission. 

The Rangers made it 6-2 at 17:25 of the third period when Webster scored his second of the game from Jacob Servage. 

The Rangers took the game 6-2 moving 25 points ahead of the Rockets. The Rangers outshot the Rockets 48-33. Picking up the win in the Rangers’ goal was Xavier Dusablon making 31 saves and suffering his first loss as a Rocket was Anthony Kerwin making 42 saves.

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The North Dundas Rockets welcomed the Metcalfe Jets to the Chesterville Arena on Sat., Feb. 1, in the NCJHL. The Rockets were coming off a big 5-4 win over the Bytown Royals the previous night and looked to string together a pair of wins as they sat in second place in the West Division and seventh over all. 

The Rockets opened the scoring just 1:04 into the first period as Jarrett Williams picked the pocket of a Jets’ defenseman and went in all alone, beating the goaltender and taking a 1-0 lead. The Rockets made it 2-0 just 20 seconds later when Matt Pietrkiewicz sniped one from Pierce Egan and Devon Thompson. 

The Rockets made it 3-0 when Xavier Langevin pounded one to the back of the net from Cameron Brown and Cole Hodges at 2:14. The Rockets took a four-goal lead when Brown scored a long distance shot from Thompson at 11:22. The Rockets took a 4-0 lead into the first intermission. 

The Rockets made it 5-0 just 47 seconds into the second period as Nicholas Carroll rifled one to the back of the net from Justin Lefebvre and Joel Hunt on the power play. The Rockets continued the assault as Will Watson slapped one home from Langevin and Brett Lannin on the power play at 3:27. The Jets finally got on the scoresheet at 10:55 as James Horvath scored from Keenan Lafreniere and Marc Brosseau on the power play. 

The Jets made it a four-goal game when Connor Weatherhead scored from Adam Fillion and Horvath at 11:33. The Rockets closed the scoring in the middle frame as Williams scored a shorthanded goal unassisted with just 1:15 remaining. The Rockets took a 7-2 lead into the second intermission. 

The Rockets made it 8-2 when Watson scored his second of the game from Williams and Brad Nash at 8:28 but the Jets answered just 20 seconds later when Fillion scored from Connor Harty and Weatherhead. 

The Rockets restored a six-goal lead when Cole Hodges tapped one home from Williams and Nash on the power play at 12:22 and took a seven-goal lead as Carroll scored his second of the game from Brown and Hunt at 15:16. 

The Jets closed out the scoring with just 42 seconds remaining as MacKenzie Brewer scored from Cameron Gallant and Sam Wilson. The Rockets took the game with a convincing 10-4 win moving back to .500. 

The Rockets outshot the Jets 43-28. Picking up the win in the Rockets’ goal in his second game was Anthony Kerwin making 24 saves. 

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The North Dundas Rockets travelled to the Bernard Grandmaître Arena in Ottawa on Fri., Jan. 31, to take on the Bytown Royals in the NCJHL. The Rockets went into the game in second place, in the West Division but sat two games below .500 and seventh overall. The Royals sat in fourth place in the East Division with 30 points. 

The Rockets opened the scoring at 11:31 as William Watson swatted one home from Devon Thompson and Brett Lannin taking a 1-0 lead. The Royals evened the score at 13:41, and the teams took a one-all draw into the first intermission. 

The Rockets retook the lead when Nicholas Carroll snapped one to the back of the net from Justin Lefebvre and Matt Pietrkiewicz at 5:31 of the second period on the power play. The Royals tied the game for the second time at 12:21 and took their first lead of the game with just 51 seconds remaining in the middle frame. 

The Rockets knotted the affair at three when Pietrkiewicz ripped one home unassisted with only 22 seconds showing on the clock. The teams took a three-all draw into the second intermission. 

The Rockets retook the lead when Jarrett Williams fired one home from Pietrkiewicz on the power play at 12:25 but the Royals got back to even again on the power play with just 1:55 remaining in regulation. Neither team was able to score the game winner before time expired so the game headed to a five-minute three-on-three overtime period. 

The Royals ran into penalty trouble in overtime and the Rockets took advantage as Williams ended the game with his second of the night at 2:27 from Carroll. The Rockets took the game 5-4 moving to one game below .500. 

The Rockets outshot the Royals 34-29. Picking up the win in the Rockets’ goal in his first start of the season was Anthony Kerwin making 25 saves.

Up next

The North Dundas Rockets welcome the Morrisburg Lions to the Chesterville Arena tonight, Wed., Feb. 5 at 8:15 p.m. and travel to the Morrisburg Arena on Sat., Feb. 8 to take on the Lions at 7:15 p.m. The Rockets then welcome the South Grenville Rangers on Sun., Feb. 9 at 3 p.m.

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