GATINEAU, QC – Picking up where they left off when the 2019-20 playoffs were cut short, the South Grenville Rangers started the new season defeating the Vankleek Hill Cougars 4-1 October 2.
It only took two minutes for the Rangers to hit the scoreboard as Zach Fraser put the puck past Cougars goalie Fred Durocher.
South Grenville added two goals early in the second period to take a 3-0 lead. The first, by Fraser, was followed less than 30 seconds later by Keenon Cunningham. The Cougars replied with a goal of their own two minutes later. Rangers led 3-1 after 40 minutes.
Rangers’ forward Jacob Servage scored a solo goal late in the third period to make it a 4-1 game for the team.
Up next, South Grenville hosts the Clarence Castors October 9 before visiting the Almonte Inferno October 10.
Elsewhere around the National Capital Junior Hockey League, the North Dundas Rockets began their season on a two-game losing skid.
The Rockets fizzled in Gatineau on October 2, falling to the Gatineau Hull-Volant 8-4.
North Dundas trailed Gatineau 4-2 at the end of the first period and 8-3 at the end of the second. The Rockets fired back one goal in the third but were held back by the Hull-Volant’s hard-hitting defence.
Scoring for North Dundas were Ethan Gauthier, Ethan Guy, Jarret Ladoucer, and Jacob Victor.
North Dundas picked up their second loss of the season the following day in St. Isidore where they took on the Eagles.
The Rockets opened with a 2-0 lead after 20 minutes. St. Isidore outscored North Dundas 3-1 in the second period to tie the game. A scoreless third period led to overtime and the 4-3 loss by the Rockets to the Eagles. Cam Sherrer, Cam Cotnam, and Curtis Bowman scored for the Rockets.
All four of the goals, including the OT winner were scored by the Eagles on the power play.
The Rockets have two chances to break their losing skid this weekend as they take on the Metcalfe Jets October 8 and host the Morrisburg Lions on October 9 at the Chesterville Arena.
Phillip Blancher, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Morrisburg Leader