Carleton Place Canadians drop first game of Fred Page Cup in Ottawa



OTTAWA – The Carleton Place Canadians opened the Fred Page Cup with a 2-1 loss to College Francais Longueuil.

Carleton Place is representing the Central Canada Hockey League at the Eastern Canada Junior A Hockey Championship, being hosted by the Ottawa Junior Senators, which won the CCHL final over the Canadians last month. Longueuil is the the winner of the Quebec Junior Hockey League championship.

This was Carleton Place's first game since April 16 when it lost 2-1 in overtime to Ottawa in game 5 of the Bogart Cup series. Longueuil last played April 22 when it beat the Terrebonne Cobras 8-5 to win it's league championship series.

The two teams took some time to feel each other out and perhaps find their game legs which resulted in a scoreless first period. In the second, special teams took over for Longueuil as Vincent Chapleau got his team on the board with a shorthanded goal at 6:25. Then at 11:54 he set up Philippe Chapleau on the power play to put Longueuil ahead 2-0.

The Canadians got on the board 5:38 into the third period when Brett Thorne scored on the power play with the help of Travis Broughman and Samuel Knoblauch, but that was as close as they would get.

Carleton Place held a 31-22 advantage in shots, but it did not translate onto the scoreboard.

College Francais Longueuil was 1-for-4 on the power play while Carleton Place was 1-for-5 with the man advantage.

The host Ottawa Jr. Senators opened the tournament Wednesday night against the Edmundston Blizzard, representatives of the Maritime Hockey League (MHL).

Thursday's games feature Longueuil against Edmundston in the afternoon game and Ottawa and Carleton Place in the evening matchup. On Friday Edmundston and Carleton Place play at 3:30 p.m. while Ottawa and Longueuil meet at 7:30 p.m. All games are being played at the Jim Durrell Recreation Complex.

The winner of the tournament advances to the RBC Cup national junior A hockey championship in Chilliwack, B.C. May 12-21.


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