The North Dundas Rockets welcomed the South Grenville Rangers to the Chesterville Arena on Sun., Feb. 9, for their last regular season game in the NCJHL. The Rockets’ forward, Justin Lefebvre (11) charges the crease after getting a shot on the Rangers’ goalie, Sam Limoges-Ring. Lefebvre scored a goal and two assists and leads the league in scoring with 32 goals and 72 points. The Rockets finally beat the Rangers for the first time this season 6-5. Moore photo
CHESTERVILLE—The North Dundas Rockets played three games to end their season this past week as they welcomed the Morrisburg Lions on Wednesday night, travelled to Morrisburg on Saturday night to take on the Lions in a rematch and welcomed the South Grenville Rangers on Sunday afternoon.
Rockets 6 Rangers 5
The North Dundas Rockets welcomed the South Grenville Rangers to the Chesterville Arena on Sun., Feb. 9, for their last regular season game in the NCJHL. The Rockets were coming off two wins over the Morrisburg Lions and sat in second place in the West Division, and fifth over all which meant they would start the playoffs on the road; so a win would give them a chance to get home ice advantage in the first round.
The Rangers sat in the top seed in the West Division and over-all league with 55 points and only three losses in the season.
The Rockets opened the scoring when Brad Nash ripped one home from Devon Thompson at 4:53 of the first period, taking a 1-0 lead. The Rockets took a two-goal advantage as Thompson rifled one to the back of the net from Jarrett Williams and Will Watson at 14:31. The Rockets took a 2-0 lead into the first intermission.
The Rockets made it 3-0 when Nicholas Carroll swatted one home from Joel Hunt and Justin Lefebvre just 56 seconds into the second period.
The goals kept coming for the Rockets as Carroll scored his second of the game from Hunt and Brett Lannin at 3:31. The Rockets took a five-goal lead when Hunt ripped one home from Lefebvre and Cameron Brown at 8:04.
The Rockets made it 6-0 when Lefebvre pounded one home from Carroll and Hunt at 9:49. The Rangers finally got on the score sheet when Owen Webster scored from Brody Ranger and Cameron Dillon at 14:56.
The Rockets took a 6-1 lead into the second intermission. The Rangers mounted a comeback as Dylan Sharply scored from Brayden Forestell and Ranger at 3:14 of the third period.
The Rangers cut the deficit to three when Forestell scored from Mathieu Giroux and Ranger at 7:11, and to two when Webster scored his second of the game at 8:16 from Ranger and Forestell.
The Rangers closed the gap to one when Ranger scored from Giroux and Forestell with just 27 seconds remaining in regulation. The Rangers pulled their goalie in favour of an extra attacker but the Rockets were able to weather the storm taking the game 6-5.
With the win, the Rockets move into fourth place in the league, just one point ahead of the Clarence Castors but the Castors still have two games remaining. Each team fired 37 shots on their opposition.
Picking up the win in the Rockets’ goal was Anthony Kerwin making 32 saves and suffering the loss in the Rangers’ goal was Xavier Dusablon, after he replaced starting goalie, Sam Limoges-Ring.
Rockets 4 Lions 0
The North Dundas Rockets travelled to the Morrisburg Arena on Sat., Feb. 8, to take on the Lions in the NCJHL. The Rockets embarrassed the Lions in their previous game with a 15-2 victory but the Lions were short a few of their veteran players in the previous game and had some back in their lineup for this game. The Lions put up a much better fight in the first period as the teams battled to a fast-paced scoreless tie heading into the first intermission. The Rockets opened the scoring at 7:18 of the second period as Justin Lefebvre pounded one home from Joel Hunt and Brad Nash taking a 1-0 lead.
The Rockets made it 2-0 when Jarrett Williams rattled one home from Xavier Langevin at 15:32. The Rockets took the 2-0 lead into the second intermission. The Rockets took a three-goal lead when Will Watson slammed one to the back of the net from Williams just 44 seconds into the third period.
The Rockets made it 4-0 when Kobey Young scored his first goal of the season from Langevin at 10:01. The Rockets and goaltender, Anthony Kerwin shutout the Lions 4-0. With the win, the Rockets moved into fifth place in the league standings.
The Rockets outshot the 40-31.
Rockets 15 Lions 2
The North Dundas Rockets welcomed the Morrisburg Lions to the Chesterville Arena on Wed., Feb. 5, in the NCJHL. The Rockets went into the game in second place in the West Division and sat one game below .500 as they looked to get home ice in the playoffs.
The Lions opened the scoring at 6:50 of the first period as Jack Ingram scored from Wade Moak taking a 1-0 lead. The Rockets tied the game when Justin Lefebvre ripped one home from Joel Hunt and Jack Dewan at 10:33 and took their first lead of the game when Nicholas Carroll snapped one to the back of the net from Lefebvre at 11:24.
The Rockets took a two-goal lead when Carroll scored his second of the game from Lefebvre at 14:41 and a three-goal lead as Carroll completed his natural hat trick unassisted just 19 seconds later. The Rockets closed out the scoring in the opening frame as Lefebvre blasted home his second of the game from Hunt with 1:44 remaining.
The Rockets took a 5-1 lead into the first intermission. The Rockets owned the second period and at 3:23 increased their lead to five as Brad Nash tapped one home from Brett Lannin and Xavier Langevin.
The Rockets made it 7-1 when Carroll scored his fourth of the game from Lefebvre and Josh Tapp at 4:33 and 8-1 as Langevin lit the lamp from Cole Hodges and Will Watson at 5:56. The Rockets scored five more second-period goals as Hunt riffled one to the back of the net from Carroll at 6:56, Langevin scored his second of the game from Drew Holmes at 9:58, Carroll scored his fifth of the game at 10:51 unassisted, Lefebvre completed his hat trick at 14:56 from Hodges and Hunt and closed out the scoring with just 37 seconds remaining from Lefebvre. The Rockets took a 13-1 lead into the second intermission.
The Lions finally got one to go, just 1:32 into the third period as Moak scored from Justice Brownlee but the Rockets answered 36 seconds later as Nash scored his second of the game unassisted.
The Rockets closed out the scoring when Carroll scored his sixth of the game from Hunt at 6:42. The Rockets took the game 15-2 and moved back to .500 in the season. The Rockets outshot the Lions 48-26.
Picking up the win in the Rockets goal was Anthony Kerwin making 24 saves.
The Rockets head into the NCJHL playoff but the teams and places have not been determined.