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CJHL Hockey
Grads down east end rivals in dominating fashion
By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

The Cumberland Grads ended the month of January on high note Friday by downing the Gloucester Rangers 5-1 in dominating fashion.

The Grads limited their east end rivals to just 17 shots on goal, while they peppered Rangers' call-up goalie Mike MacLeod with 35 shots.

The Rangers' only goal came at the 7:34 mark off the first period off the stick of Andrew Creppin which gave them the early 1-0 lead.

MacLeod managed to keep the Grads off the scoreboard until the 14:06 mark of the second period when Marc-Andre Labelle on a pass from Mathieu Ouellette and Matt Miller.

The killer goal came when Jeffrey Clark scored with just one second left in the period. Up until that point MacLeaod had turned away 24 of 25 shots.

After the intermission, Mitch Gallant put the Grads up 3-1 with a goal just 33 seconds into the period. Labelle then scored his second of the game just over a minute later to give the Grads a commanding three goal lead.

David Pacan then added a power play marker midway through the third period to make the final score 5-1 in favour of Cumberland.

Labelle earned the game's first star honours, while Clarke's three point performance moved him back into a tie for second place in the individual point standings with Mike Byrd of the Brockville Braves.

Clarke has 29 goals and 46 assists in 48 games, while Byrd has 16 goals and 59 assists in 45 games. Pembroke Lumber Kings sharpshooter Andy Starczewski leads the league with 42 goals and 45 assists in 49 games.

The win was the Grads' third in a rwo which has allowed them to keep pace with the Smiths Falls Bears who have also won their last three. The Grads trail the third place Bears by just one point in the overall standings with a game in hand.

The team will travel to Pembroke tomorrow for a rare Sunday road game. The Grads are one of the few teams in the league that have had some success over the first place Lumber Kings this season. They've won the last three times they've met including a 5-3 win at the Navan Arena on Jan. 13.

(Posted 7:30 p.m., Jan. 31)

 

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