riding high after back-to-back wins over Raiders, Lumber Kings
By Fred Sherwin
Cumberland Grads have taken over sole possession of third place in the CJHL standings
after registering back-to-back wins over the league's top two teams.
Grads followed up a 4-2 win over the second place Nepean Raiders on Sunday with
a 5-3 victory over the Pembroke Lumber Kings on Tuesday.
the four points they picked up, the Grads now have 56 points in 42 games, putting
them two points up on the Smiths Falls Bears with a game in hand.
struck early against the league-leading Lumber Kings, scoring just 35 seconds
into the game off a turnover deep in Pembroke's end. Jeffrey Clarke intercepted
a poor clearing attempt just inside the Lumber Kings' blueline and then passed
the puck over to Marc-Andre Labelle who beat Eric Levine low to stick side.
would give the Grads a two goal lead five minutes later when he once again beat
Levine stick side on a shot from a near impossible angle.
the two teams combined for 29 shots in the first period, they settled into a more
defensive game in the second period, combining for just 15 shots.
Lumber Kings finally got on the scoreboard midway through the period thanks to
a brutal turnover while the Grads were enjoying a 5-on-3 power play. Mike Santee
was the lucky benefactor of the untimely gift, sweeping in on Cumberland goaltender
Adam Laderoute before snapping a shot under his trapper and into the back of the
Grads re-established their two goal lead at the 5:22 mark of the third period
on a great effort by Mitch Gallant who took a breakout pass from Mathieu Ouellette
and accelerated across the Lumber Kings blueline, splitting Pembroke's two defencemen
in the process, before wristing a shot high into the top corner past Levine's
outstretched glove hand.
couple of shifts later, Laderoute made arguably his best save of the game, kicking
out his right pad to rob Andy Starczewski of a sure goal.
league's leading scorer wouldn't be denied on his next opportunity, however, snapping
home a pass from Damian Cross in the low slot to bring Pembroke to within one.
then tied the game on a another shot from in close that beat Laderoute who was
unable to get properly set in his crease after getting caught behind the net.
giving up a two goal lead, the Grads stayed focused on the task at hand which
eventually paid off in a go ahead goal with 2:04 left in the game.
Michael Nooyen was the hero of the hour letting go with a laser beam of a shot
from the top of the right faceoff circle that beat Levine high to the glove side.
The goal was set up by Clarke who hit Nooyen with a blind backhand pass after
gaining possession of the puck against the end boards.
then added an empty net goal with a second left on the clock to make the final
Grads will be looking to extend their current winning streak to four games when
they face the Ottawa Jr. Senators tonight at the Jim Durrell Recreation Complex.
Game time is 7:30 p.m.
3:30 p.m., Jan. 14)
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