CANADIANS TAKE TWO FROM LUMBER KINGS
In Jr A hockey, heading into the weekend the Pembroke Lumber Kings were the hottest team in the league, but they ran into the defending champs and league-leading Carleton Place Canadians, for a home-and-home series.
When the final buzzer sounded Sunday night, the Canadians pulled off two wins and more bad blood was boiling between the two rivals. Carleton Place won the Friday night opener 3-2 in overtime, but the Lumber Kings lost more than the game, they also lost captain Stephan Beauvais for five games as he left the bench after the winning goal was scored, taking exception to an excessive celebration by the Canadians.
And with Beauvais sitting out Sunday’s rematch at the PMC, the chippy play continued, eventually boiling over in the third period with two scraps, including a goalie fight. The two teams combined for 150 minutes in penalties as Carleton Place cruised to a 6-1 win.
Reigning league MVP Andy Sturtz was the Lumber Kings killer on the weekend, scoring twice, including the OT winner in the first game, and adding a hat-trick Sunday.
NATIONAL RANKINGS IN
Three CCHL teams are still ranked among the top 20 teams in the country, this week. League-leading Carleton Place is now in the number-five spot, down one spot from last week. The Ottawa Jr Senators remain at number 16, while the Pembroke Lumber Kings are still ranked 19th.
BEARS GOALIE PLAYER OF WEEK
Smiths Falls Bears goalie Michael Pinios is the CCHL’s Player of the Week, as he won two games, stopping 71 of 74 shots, in leading the Bears to victories against division rivals Hawkesbury and Cornwall. Carleton Place Canadians sniper Andy Sturtz was given an honourable mention as he scored five goals in two wins over Pembroke on the weekend.
TIGHT RACE AS JR B SEASON WINDS DOWN
In Jr B hockey, the race in the Valley Division continues to tighten up with only five points separating second from fourth place. And the leapfrogging continues for third place as Arnprior has now slipped ahead of Shawville, thanks for a big 5-1 win against first-place Renfrew on Friday. Casey Donner led Arnprior with a goal and three points. Renfrew bounced back to post a 6-5 overtime win against Almonte on Saturday, with Scott Conroy scoring the game winner. And Shawville beat Clarence in overtime, with Mathew Labrosse scoring in the extra period and then lost 7-2 to second-place Stittsville.
RAMS DOWN ‘WOLVES IN SO
In Jr B hockey the race for top spot in the Valley Division got a little tighter Tuesday night as the Stittsville Rams beat the first-place Renfrew Timberwolves 3-2 in a shootout. With the win the Rams are now just four points behind the ‘Wolves, and have two games in hand. Renfrew has four games left on the schedule, including a rematch with Stittsville on Sunday night, a game that could very well decide who finishes in first place. On Tuesday, Rams goalie Matt Couvrette was the difference, stopping 46 shots and making a key save in the shootout. Renfrew’s Luke Lappierre scored twice in the third period to give Renfrew a 2-1 lead, but Stittsville’s Cole Carter scored with just nine seconds to play to force overtime. Renfrew goalie Matt Gagne stopped 35 shots, but suffered the loss.