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Penalties almost cost Canadians victory over Ottawa

Monday, November 7, 2016 @ 10:11 AM
posted by April Scott-Clarke

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.

Penalty killing troubles lead Canadians to loss against Hawkesbury

Monday, October 24, 2016 @ 11:10 AM
posted by April Scott-Clarke

Courtesy of Daniel Vazzoler and Carleton Place Canadians

After allowing the Kemptville 73s to score three power play goals against them, Carleton Place let Hawkesbury go 3-6 with the man advantage as, once again, special teams were a key factor in their defeat.

David Jankowski put the Hawks out in front mid-way through the first period as he finished off the one-timer from in tight on Canadians starting goalie Connor Hughes. Jankowski’s quick shot beat the goaltender low on the glove side.

Connor Merkley tied the game with a power play goal with the Canadians on a 5-on-3 advantage. Carleton Place worked the puck around the perimeter of the zone, and when Andrew Dodson moved the puck to the front of the net, the rebound kicked out to Merkley in front and he deposited the loose puck past Matthew Chan.

Both goalies were kept busy in the first period – Carleton Place had 18 shots while Hawkesbury had 15 – but Hawkesbury controlled the second period, outshooting Carleton Place 22-8 in the period.

In a four-minute span, the Hawks took control of the game, scoring three goals to take a 4-1 lead.

Jankowski scored his second goal of the game at 7:57 into the middle period. He collected the rebound from Giancarlo Fiori’s wide shot and banked the puck into the net from behind the goal-line.

Jonathan Cyr then added the first power play goal for the Hawks before Chris Smith added another power play tally on a 5-on-3 chance of their own. Smith finished off the cross-crease pass with a one-timer that went over the pad of Hughes as he slid across the front of the net to try and make the save.

Hughes had his night end early when Charles Levesque snuck in from the back side and added the third power play goal that slid through Hughes with 3:57 remaining in the second period. After the goal, Michael Leach came in to replace Hughes.

Carleton Place came back in the third period, but ran out of time before they were able to level the score.

Joey Warywoda got the Canadians back on the board as he beat his man to the front of the net, leaving him wide open for a one-timer between the hash-marks that beat Chan to cut the deficit to 5-2.

Tim Theocharidis drew Carleton Place to within two goals with 7:43 remaining in the third period with a power play goal. A loose puck slid out to Theocharidis near the blue-line and his long wrist shot found a way through the traffic in front of Chan and beat the Hawks goalie, giving the Canadians a chance to level the game.

Carleton Place couldn’t take advantage of the time they had to level the score, but Alex Friesen added a late goal with an extra attacker on the ice to make the score 5-4. But with six seconds left in the game, there was no time left for Carleton Place to tie the game.

Hill-Kitt-Merkley continue hot streak in Canadians win over Kanata

Monday, October 17, 2016 @ 11:10 AM
posted by April Scott-Clarke

Courtesy of Carleton Place Canadians
By Daniel Vazzoler

The Carleton Place Canadians (13-4-0-0) have had recent success as a team, in large part due to the success of the line of Connor Merkley–Geoff Kitt–Brent Hill line – which continued again on Friday in the Canadians 8-2 victory over the Kanata Lasers (6-9-1-0).

Over the past four games, the trio has combined for 24 points – including 10 points from the line on Friday.

“I think it’s just been patience and having fun,” says Kitt about the success of his line. “We aren’t really getting mad at each other on the bench or anything, we just kind of let things fall into place and that seems to be working really well.”

“We talked about it in practice one day that we were just going to, honestly, have the best time that we could every day at the rink,” adds Merkley, one of the Canadians assistant captains. “We joke around a lot on the bench and … keep it light, but when we’re out there (on the ice), we still do a job. It’s been a lot of fun, probably the most fun I’ve had playing junior hockey.”

That line got the Canadians on the board 1:14 into the game, with Merkley snapping a wrist shot past the glove of Anand Oberoi, catching the Lasers goaltender moving the wrong way after the pass across the slot from Kitt.

The lead held up until the last two minutes of the period, when Declan Hilton was left alone at the back post for a tap-in power play goal. Merkley jumped up into the scrum against the boards and the puck skipped past him, creating the two-on-one chance in the zone. Samuel Bitten passed across the crease to Hilton and he deposited the puck into the net.

Carleton Place responded to that goal in the second period, scoring four unanswered goals with at least one of Hill, Kitt or Merkley being part of the first three.

Head coach Jason Clarke says that the key to the success of that line is they do “the little things right.”

“They take time and space away from their opponents and make the ice real small when the other team’s got the puck and they’re getting pucks back,” Clarke says. “Not only are they good at controlled entries, but they’re also good at creating turnovers (by the other team) with their instincts and their feet and their sticks, and if you do that you’re going to get yourself a lot of second chances.”

Hill put the Canadians back in front with one-timed shot after Merkley deked past a pair of Lasers defenders to set up the pass and goal 1:00 into the middle period.

Merkley scored what ended up being the game-winning goal 3:33 later with a shot right under the cross-bar that caught a piece of Oberoi’s shoulder on the way by him.

Merkley also picked up an assist on a goal from Aiden Girduckis to wrap up his four-point game that led the game in scoring – Kitt, Hill and Owen Grant each had three points in the game.

Carleton Place also had goals from Alex Friesen, Andrew Dodson, Troy MacTavish and Ben Tupker who notched his first career CCHL goal with quick shot from the front of the net that beat Ryan Franz – Franz replaced Oberoi at the start of the third period.

Kanata added a goal late in the third period, again, off a two-on-one chance that resulted in a tap-in goal that left Canadians goalie Connor Hughes visibly upset.

“It was a lot of odd-man rushes in the third (period) and I was upset that I couldn’t get to the puck in time, but I was just upset with how that whole third period kind of went for me,” he said. “I know I made a good save [earlier] but it was just a little upsetting giving up the second goal, never want to let in goals.”

“Hughes is a competitor, he doesn’t like to let any goals in,” says Clarke. “That’s what makes him such a good goaltender, it’s a 7-1 game (at the time), he lets the second goal in and he’s pissed. That just shows you the type of character that he has and how he wants to continue to push himself all the time and that’s why he’s the most elite goaltender in the country.”

The Canadians are back in action on Sunday at 3 p.m. in Carleton Place when they face the Kemptville 73’s, who beat Carleton Place in their last meeting on Oct. 7 in Kemptville 4-2.









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Penalties almost cost Canadians victory over Ottawa

Monday, November 7, 2016 @ 10:11 AM
posted by April Scott-Clarke

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.

Penalty killing troubles lead Canadians to loss against Hawkesbury

Monday, October 24, 2016 @ 11:10 AM
posted by April Scott-Clarke

Courtesy of Daniel Vazzoler and Carleton Place Canadians

After allowing the Kemptville 73s to score three power play goals against them, Carleton Place let Hawkesbury go 3-6 with the man advantage as, once again, special teams were a key factor in their defeat.

David Jankowski put the Hawks out in front mid-way through the first period as he finished off the one-timer from in tight on Canadians starting goalie Connor Hughes. Jankowski’s quick shot beat the goaltender low on the glove side.

Connor Merkley tied the game with a power play goal with the Canadians on a 5-on-3 advantage. Carleton Place worked the puck around the perimeter of the zone, and when Andrew Dodson moved the puck to the front of the net, the rebound kicked out to Merkley in front and he deposited the loose puck past Matthew Chan.

Both goalies were kept busy in the first period – Carleton Place had 18 shots while Hawkesbury had 15 – but Hawkesbury controlled the second period, outshooting Carleton Place 22-8 in the period.

In a four-minute span, the Hawks took control of the game, scoring three goals to take a 4-1 lead.

Jankowski scored his second goal of the game at 7:57 into the middle period. He collected the rebound from Giancarlo Fiori’s wide shot and banked the puck into the net from behind the goal-line.

Jonathan Cyr then added the first power play goal for the Hawks before Chris Smith added another power play tally on a 5-on-3 chance of their own. Smith finished off the cross-crease pass with a one-timer that went over the pad of Hughes as he slid across the front of the net to try and make the save.

Hughes had his night end early when Charles Levesque snuck in from the back side and added the third power play goal that slid through Hughes with 3:57 remaining in the second period. After the goal, Michael Leach came in to replace Hughes.

Carleton Place came back in the third period, but ran out of time before they were able to level the score.

Joey Warywoda got the Canadians back on the board as he beat his man to the front of the net, leaving him wide open for a one-timer between the hash-marks that beat Chan to cut the deficit to 5-2.

Tim Theocharidis drew Carleton Place to within two goals with 7:43 remaining in the third period with a power play goal. A loose puck slid out to Theocharidis near the blue-line and his long wrist shot found a way through the traffic in front of Chan and beat the Hawks goalie, giving the Canadians a chance to level the game.

Carleton Place couldn’t take advantage of the time they had to level the score, but Alex Friesen added a late goal with an extra attacker on the ice to make the score 5-4. But with six seconds left in the game, there was no time left for Carleton Place to tie the game.

Hill-Kitt-Merkley continue hot streak in Canadians win over Kanata

Monday, October 17, 2016 @ 11:10 AM
posted by April Scott-Clarke

Courtesy of Carleton Place Canadians
By Daniel Vazzoler

The Carleton Place Canadians (13-4-0-0) have had recent success as a team, in large part due to the success of the line of Connor Merkley–Geoff Kitt–Brent Hill line – which continued again on Friday in the Canadians 8-2 victory over the Kanata Lasers (6-9-1-0).

Over the past four games, the trio has combined for 24 points – including 10 points from the line on Friday.

“I think it’s just been patience and having fun,” says Kitt about the success of his line. “We aren’t really getting mad at each other on the bench or anything, we just kind of let things fall into place and that seems to be working really well.”

“We talked about it in practice one day that we were just going to, honestly, have the best time that we could every day at the rink,” adds Merkley, one of the Canadians assistant captains. “We joke around a lot on the bench and … keep it light, but when we’re out there (on the ice), we still do a job. It’s been a lot of fun, probably the most fun I’ve had playing junior hockey.”

That line got the Canadians on the board 1:14 into the game, with Merkley snapping a wrist shot past the glove of Anand Oberoi, catching the Lasers goaltender moving the wrong way after the pass across the slot from Kitt.

The lead held up until the last two minutes of the period, when Declan Hilton was left alone at the back post for a tap-in power play goal. Merkley jumped up into the scrum against the boards and the puck skipped past him, creating the two-on-one chance in the zone. Samuel Bitten passed across the crease to Hilton and he deposited the puck into the net.

Carleton Place responded to that goal in the second period, scoring four unanswered goals with at least one of Hill, Kitt or Merkley being part of the first three.

Head coach Jason Clarke says that the key to the success of that line is they do “the little things right.”

“They take time and space away from their opponents and make the ice real small when the other team’s got the puck and they’re getting pucks back,” Clarke says. “Not only are they good at controlled entries, but they’re also good at creating turnovers (by the other team) with their instincts and their feet and their sticks, and if you do that you’re going to get yourself a lot of second chances.”

Hill put the Canadians back in front with one-timed shot after Merkley deked past a pair of Lasers defenders to set up the pass and goal 1:00 into the middle period.

Merkley scored what ended up being the game-winning goal 3:33 later with a shot right under the cross-bar that caught a piece of Oberoi’s shoulder on the way by him.

Merkley also picked up an assist on a goal from Aiden Girduckis to wrap up his four-point game that led the game in scoring – Kitt, Hill and Owen Grant each had three points in the game.

Carleton Place also had goals from Alex Friesen, Andrew Dodson, Troy MacTavish and Ben Tupker who notched his first career CCHL goal with quick shot from the front of the net that beat Ryan Franz – Franz replaced Oberoi at the start of the third period.

Kanata added a goal late in the third period, again, off a two-on-one chance that resulted in a tap-in goal that left Canadians goalie Connor Hughes visibly upset.

“It was a lot of odd-man rushes in the third (period) and I was upset that I couldn’t get to the puck in time, but I was just upset with how that whole third period kind of went for me,” he said. “I know I made a good save [earlier] but it was just a little upsetting giving up the second goal, never want to let in goals.”

“Hughes is a competitor, he doesn’t like to let any goals in,” says Clarke. “That’s what makes him such a good goaltender, it’s a 7-1 game (at the time), he lets the second goal in and he’s pissed. That just shows you the type of character that he has and how he wants to continue to push himself all the time and that’s why he’s the most elite goaltender in the country.”

The Canadians are back in action on Sunday at 3 p.m. in Carleton Place when they face the Kemptville 73’s, who beat Carleton Place in their last meeting on Oct. 7 in Kemptville 4-2.

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