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Penalties almost cost Canadians victory over Ottawa

Courtesy of Daniel Vazzoler and Carleton Place Canadians

The Carleton Place Canadians had a 3-2 lead late in Friday night’s game (Nov.4) against the Ottawa Jr. Senators when a pair of penalties – one undisciplined, the other not so much – created the opportunity for Ottawa to tie the score with 1:07 remaining in regulation.

“We got ourselves into trouble too, like the first penalty we took (late in the third), you know, Connor Merkley’s not taking a very good penalty – a very selfish penalty and then it kind of went from there,” said Canadians coach Jason Clarke.

“The penalties that were called in the third period were atrocious,” he continued. “There’s nothing you can do about that; all you can do is control what you can control. I thought our penalty killing was good – both goals they scored were 6-on-4, they pulled the goaltender on both goals and got some good bounces.”

After offensive struggles in the first two periods, the game was a 1-1 tie heading into the third period thanks to goals from Alex Friesen and Zachary Cross for Carleton Place and Ottawa respectively.

Connor Hughes made 22 saves in the first two periods, and ended up making 40 saves in the game; while Ian Andriano got the role of starting goalie for Ottawa, making 24 saves on the night.

In the third period, the Canadians struck quickly with a pair of goals 1:05 apart.

Connor Hill gave Carleton Place the 2-1 lead with a power play goal 8:22 into the period with a one-timer that he fanned on, fooling Andriano as he slid past the shot that ended up catching a piece of the post on its way into the net.

Owen Grant doubled the lead to two goals with a shot from almost along the goal-line that banked in off of Andriano and into the net.

Momentum changed in favour of Ottawa after a big hit from Logan Buchanan on Cam White led to a boarding penalty to the young Canadians forward, and a fight between the two players.

Although Buchanan won the fight and got the Canadians bench and the crowd of 407 people at Carleton Place Arena to their feet, the Jr. Senators took advantage of the power play with a goal from Jaren Burke while Andriano was on the bench for the extra attacker.

Then the penalty troubles began for Carleton Place.

Merkley took a slashing penalty by going in hard on the forecheck and the referee saw him being too aggressive with his stick.

While short handed, Geoff Kitt went to chase down a loose puck in the Ottawa zone – again with Andriano on the bench and an empty net for Ottawa – but got tangled up with Thomas Stevenson. The two battled for the loose puck and as Stevenson got bumped down, he latched on to Kitt and brought him down to the ice but Kitt was the one who got the interference penalty.

Ottawa couldn’t take advantage of the 6-on-3 advantage with the empty net but with Kitt still in the box, Nicolas Samson scored a power play goal to tie the game.

“We weren’t too down (after giving up the goals) because we knew [the penalties] were bad calls,” Carleton Place captain Andrew Dodson said. “We just couldn’t get the right bounces but we battled through that and stayed positive. We knew we were going to pull out the two points and keep working hard, and we were lucky to do that.”

Neither team could score an over-time goal forcing the game into a shoot-out.

Cross was the first shooter for Ottawa and he slid the puck through the legs of Hughes cutting from Hughes’ blocker side across the crease to open up the goalie’s five-hole.

Ottawa couldn’t add another goal in the shoot-out and Carleton Place was down to Merkley who had to score to continue the shoot-out. He made the same move as Cross and had the same result as he continued the game.

After Hughes stopped Jackson Alexeev, Dodson had a chance to win the game for the Canadians and he made no mistake. He faked a wrist shot before deking to the backhand and sliding the puck through the opened up five-hole of Andriano.

“I was kind of nervous,” Dodson said about his attempt, “but I knew it was deep into the shoot-out and Hughes played great for us in the shoot-out and stoned those guys. I knew I had to bear down and went to my go-to move and was lucky it paid off.”

The first four Ottawa shooters all tried similar moves against Hughes by going down on his blocker side before cutting across towards his trapper.

“I don’t know, I thought about that too,” Hughes said. “I think they were trying to fake me out on the shot and then cut across. But after the first one, I kind of realized that they were going to try that move.”

All three goals in the shoot-out were scored with the same move – a fake shot before going to the backhand to open up the goalie’s five-hole for the goal.

“It’s really difficult (to stop) because the fake makes a goalie open up and when you open up it’s hard to get back closed up. It’s one of the more difficult moves to save for the goalie,” Hughes said.

Carleton Place is back in action on Sunday when they travel to face the Nepean Raiders before a trio of home games, first on Tuesday against the Gloucester Rangers before hosting the Cornwall Colts on Friday and the Brockville Braves on the following Sunday.

Notes

Early in the third period, Friesen left the game with a cut on his left arm after getting cut by the skate of Craig McCabe when the two of them went to the ice at the Carleton Place blue line.

Sage Englund picked up his first point with Carleton Place with an assist on Grant’s goal.

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Penalties almost cost Canadians victory over Ottawa

Courtesy of Daniel Vazzoler and Carleton Place Canadians

The Carleton Place Canadians had a 3-2 lead late in Friday night’s game (Nov.4) against the Ottawa Jr. Senators when a pair of penalties – one undisciplined, the other not so much – created the opportunity for Ottawa to tie the score with 1:07 remaining in regulation.

“We got ourselves into trouble too, like the first penalty we took (late in the third), you know, Connor Merkley’s not taking a very good penalty – a very selfish penalty and then it kind of went from there,” said Canadians coach Jason Clarke.

“The penalties that were called in the third period were atrocious,” he continued. “There’s nothing you can do about that; all you can do is control what you can control. I thought our penalty killing was good – both goals they scored were 6-on-4, they pulled the goaltender on both goals and got some good bounces.”

After offensive struggles in the first two periods, the game was a 1-1 tie heading into the third period thanks to goals from Alex Friesen and Zachary Cross for Carleton Place and Ottawa respectively.

Connor Hughes made 22 saves in the first two periods, and ended up making 40 saves in the game; while Ian Andriano got the role of starting goalie for Ottawa, making 24 saves on the night.

In the third period, the Canadians struck quickly with a pair of goals 1:05 apart.

Connor Hill gave Carleton Place the 2-1 lead with a power play goal 8:22 into the period with a one-timer that he fanned on, fooling Andriano as he slid past the shot that ended up catching a piece of the post on its way into the net.

Owen Grant doubled the lead to two goals with a shot from almost along the goal-line that banked in off of Andriano and into the net.

Momentum changed in favour of Ottawa after a big hit from Logan Buchanan on Cam White led to a boarding penalty to the young Canadians forward, and a fight between the two players.

Although Buchanan won the fight and got the Canadians bench and the crowd of 407 people at Carleton Place Arena to their feet, the Jr. Senators took advantage of the power play with a goal from Jaren Burke while Andriano was on the bench for the extra attacker.

Then the penalty troubles began for Carleton Place.

Merkley took a slashing penalty by going in hard on the forecheck and the referee saw him being too aggressive with his stick.

While short handed, Geoff Kitt went to chase down a loose puck in the Ottawa zone – again with Andriano on the bench and an empty net for Ottawa – but got tangled up with Thomas Stevenson. The two battled for the loose puck and as Stevenson got bumped down, he latched on to Kitt and brought him down to the ice but Kitt was the one who got the interference penalty.

Ottawa couldn’t take advantage of the 6-on-3 advantage with the empty net but with Kitt still in the box, Nicolas Samson scored a power play goal to tie the game.

“We weren’t too down (after giving up the goals) because we knew [the penalties] were bad calls,” Carleton Place captain Andrew Dodson said. “We just couldn’t get the right bounces but we battled through that and stayed positive. We knew we were going to pull out the two points and keep working hard, and we were lucky to do that.”

Neither team could score an over-time goal forcing the game into a shoot-out.

Cross was the first shooter for Ottawa and he slid the puck through the legs of Hughes cutting from Hughes’ blocker side across the crease to open up the goalie’s five-hole.

Ottawa couldn’t add another goal in the shoot-out and Carleton Place was down to Merkley who had to score to continue the shoot-out. He made the same move as Cross and had the same result as he continued the game.

After Hughes stopped Jackson Alexeev, Dodson had a chance to win the game for the Canadians and he made no mistake. He faked a wrist shot before deking to the backhand and sliding the puck through the opened up five-hole of Andriano.

“I was kind of nervous,” Dodson said about his attempt, “but I knew it was deep into the shoot-out and Hughes played great for us in the shoot-out and stoned those guys. I knew I had to bear down and went to my go-to move and was lucky it paid off.”

The first four Ottawa shooters all tried similar moves against Hughes by going down on his blocker side before cutting across towards his trapper.

“I don’t know, I thought about that too,” Hughes said. “I think they were trying to fake me out on the shot and then cut across. But after the first one, I kind of realized that they were going to try that move.”

All three goals in the shoot-out were scored with the same move – a fake shot before going to the backhand to open up the goalie’s five-hole for the goal.

“It’s really difficult (to stop) because the fake makes a goalie open up and when you open up it’s hard to get back closed up. It’s one of the more difficult moves to save for the goalie,” Hughes said.

Carleton Place is back in action on Sunday when they travel to face the Nepean Raiders before a trio of home games, first on Tuesday against the Gloucester Rangers before hosting the Cornwall Colts on Friday and the Brockville Braves on the following Sunday.

Notes

Early in the third period, Friesen left the game with a cut on his left arm after getting cut by the skate of Craig McCabe when the two of them went to the ice at the Carleton Place blue line.

Sage Englund picked up his first point with Carleton Place with an assist on Grant’s goal.

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