CARDINAL – The South Grenville Rangers faced some steep challenges this past weekend as the team split the results against the Vankleek Hill Cougars and the Gatineau Hull-Volant.
The Rangers were scoreless against the Cougars until the second period. The two teams traded a goal each, it took the a third period effort by South Grenville to take the lead. Noah Penney and Zach White (short-handed) tied the game for the Rangers before Owen Webster scored the game-winning-goal. Rangers won 3-2.
The team travelled to the Slush Puppie arena in Gatineau to challenge the Hull-Volant on October 24, but were doubled 4-2.
South Grenville and Gatineau were tied 1-1 after 20 minutes. The Hull-Volant took a 2-1 lead in the second period and outscored the Rangers 2-1 in the third period for the win. Owen Webster and Cooper Kingston each had a goal for the Rangers in the loss.
The Rangers continue their road trip this weekend, visiting the Almonte Inferno on October 30, and the St. Isidore Eagles the following day.
Elsewhere, the North Dundas Rockets also split their weekend games. The team hosted the Gatineau Hull-Volant October 23. Rockets goalie Nick Poole gave up five goals as the Hull-Volant shut down the Rockets 5-0.
Gatineau’s Jérémy Cardinal scored a hat-trick including the game winner and a short-handed goal. The balance of the Hull-Volant’s goals were at even-strength as the Rockets’ penalty-kill unit managed to shut down frequent opportunities. North Dundas earned 41 penalty minutes to Gatineau’s 32.
The following day, North Dundas overcame a one goal deficit in the first period, scoring four goals in the second and eventually beating the Vankleek Hill Cougars 7-5.
Cameron Cotnam had a five-point game for the Rockets with an assist and four goals, including the game-winner. Two of those goals were on the power-play. Jeremy Cyr (two goals) and Jarrett Williams each scored in the game.
The Rockets host the Clarence Castors October 30 in Chesterville.
Phillip Blancher, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Morrisburg Leader