ROCKLAND NATS TIE UP PLAYOFF SERIES, CLARENCE CASTORS GET ELIMINATED
The Rockland Nats tied the series against the Carleton Place Canadians with a win on Sunday.
CCHL playoffs are underway and the Rockland Nats are up against first-place Carleton Place for the first series. After two games, the series is tied 1-1.
The first game of the series, on Friday, March 16, in Carleton Place, was a tough one for the Nats. The Canadians took home a victory of 6-2. Tim Theocharidis opened up the scoring for the Canadians late into the first period. His team then came out strong in the second period, scoring three more – Samuel Knoblauch, Aidan Girduckis and Nick Pryce were the scorers.
Antoine Leblanc scored the first Nats’ goal seven minutes into the second. Trevor Coykendall gave the Nats hope with his powerplay goal at the end of the period, bringing the score to 4-2.
The Canadians were not finished, however. Joshua Gagne scored an early third period goal and Girduckis clocked his second goal of the game to bring the final score 6-2.
The Nats came out motivated for their home fans in the second game of the series, on Sunday, March 18. The Nats took home a decisive 3-2 overtime victory to tie the series against Carleton Place. Cole Lavoie scored the first goal of the game for the Nats, a few minutes into the first period.
The Canadians tied that up halfway through the second period, but the Nats didn’t waste time retaking the lead. Benjamin Pruneau scored for his team a few minutes later. The second period ended 2-1 for Rockland.
Zachary Tupcker tied the game for the Canadians, 21 seconds into the third period. Neither team was able to find the back of the net for the rest of the game. Regular time ended 2-2. Connor Beatty scored a beauty of a winning goal six minutes into overtime, earning himself the first star of the game.
Nats’ goaltender Sean Storr was named second star, saving 39 of the 41 shots Carleton brought his way. Canadians’ Tupcker earned the third star for the goal that led his team to overtime.
The series continues in Carleton on Wednesday, March 21, and then back in Rockland for the fourth game on Thursday, March 22.
Les Nats de Rockland ont égalé la série contre les Canadians de Carleton Place avec une victoire dimanche. Après deux matchs, la série est à égalité 1-1. La série se poursuit à Carleton, le mercredi 21 mars et à Rockland, le jeudi 22 mars.— archives