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Smiths Falls Bears back in full swing

Smiths Falls Bears

Story & Photo by Jason Code

The Smiths Falls Bears are back in full swing after the two week holiday break. There’s been a few changes in the roster after local athlete and Bears top scorer Neil Doef suffered a traumatic injury while playing for Canada East at the World Junior A Challenge back in December.

Some new additions are, Broydon Stufko from the Nepean Raiders, Alexander Kealey from Saint John Sea Dogs of the QMJHL, and Cody Bean from the Ottawa Jr Senators (as of January 10th). Also the team has parted ways with Brandon Lesway to the Kemptville 73’s, Craig Cross to the Dryden Ice Dogs of the SIJHL, and the club releasing Connor Cobbold. With having all the lines being shuffled about with all the recent changes, Bears rookie Josh Leblanc has been added into the fold on the top line with Kevin Groulx and Cole Busschaert.

The clubs late December early January schedule was a rough one with just two wins out of eight games, losing back to back against Carleton Place and home and away loses versus the Pembroke Lumber Kings. Most recent game against the Kemptville 73’s, Smiths Falls native Michael McKenney scored the overtime winner helping the club to get out of a three game losing skid. The team is on the road (January 15 and 16th) to take on the Cornwall Colts and Gloucester Rangers but returns home to the Memorial Community Centre January 23rd where they host the Cornwall Colts, 7:30 puck drop.

Bear Tracks

Newly acquired forward Cody Bean from the Ottawa Jr Senators in his first game wearing the yellow and black colours of the Bears helped assist on the OT winner against the Kemptville 73’s. Bean having put up 18 points with the Jr Sens in 39 games this season hails from the village of North Hatley, Quebec, at only 5’6″, 165 (pounds) he’s quick on his skates and moves the puck very well.

Smiths Falls sits in 5th in the league standings with a record of 23-15-2-4 in 44 games, just two points up on the Hawkesbury Hawks. The club is in fourth in league attendance with an average of 422 fans per/game in 25 home games.

Members of the Bears will be on hand at an upcoming DoefStrong fundraiser for Neil Doef and his family, which is organized by the Ottawa 67’s hockey club (OHL), January 18th against the Peterborough Petes at the TD Place in Ottawa, puck drop is set for 2pm.

For your number one source of Jr. A Bears photos check out Smiths Falls HomeTown News on Facebook for up-to-the-minute game-day action.

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Smiths Falls Bears back in full swing

Smiths Falls Bears

Story & Photo by Jason Code

The Smiths Falls Bears are back in full swing after the two week holiday break. There’s been a few changes in the roster after local athlete and Bears top scorer Neil Doef suffered a traumatic injury while playing for Canada East at the World Junior A Challenge back in December.

Some new additions are, Broydon Stufko from the Nepean Raiders, Alexander Kealey from Saint John Sea Dogs of the QMJHL, and Cody Bean from the Ottawa Jr Senators (as of January 10th). Also the team has parted ways with Brandon Lesway to the Kemptville 73’s, Craig Cross to the Dryden Ice Dogs of the SIJHL, and the club releasing Connor Cobbold. With having all the lines being shuffled about with all the recent changes, Bears rookie Josh Leblanc has been added into the fold on the top line with Kevin Groulx and Cole Busschaert.

The clubs late December early January schedule was a rough one with just two wins out of eight games, losing back to back against Carleton Place and home and away loses versus the Pembroke Lumber Kings. Most recent game against the Kemptville 73’s, Smiths Falls native Michael McKenney scored the overtime winner helping the club to get out of a three game losing skid. The team is on the road (January 15 and 16th) to take on the Cornwall Colts and Gloucester Rangers but returns home to the Memorial Community Centre January 23rd where they host the Cornwall Colts, 7:30 puck drop.

Bear Tracks

Newly acquired forward Cody Bean from the Ottawa Jr Senators in his first game wearing the yellow and black colours of the Bears helped assist on the OT winner against the Kemptville 73’s. Bean having put up 18 points with the Jr Sens in 39 games this season hails from the village of North Hatley, Quebec, at only 5’6″, 165 (pounds) he’s quick on his skates and moves the puck very well.

Smiths Falls sits in 5th in the league standings with a record of 23-15-2-4 in 44 games, just two points up on the Hawkesbury Hawks. The club is in fourth in league attendance with an average of 422 fans per/game in 25 home games.

Members of the Bears will be on hand at an upcoming DoefStrong fundraiser for Neil Doef and his family, which is organized by the Ottawa 67’s hockey club (OHL), January 18th against the Peterborough Petes at the TD Place in Ottawa, puck drop is set for 2pm.

For your number one source of Jr. A Bears photos check out Smiths Falls HomeTown News on Facebook for up-to-the-minute game-day action.

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