Carleton Place Canadians drop third game at Fred Page Cup in Ottawa
Photo courtesy of Robert Lefebvre/icelevel.com: The Ottawa Junior Senators's Danny Pion controls the puck behind the Carleton Place Canadians's net while being watched by Tim Theocharidis (23) and Justin Cmunt during Fred Page Cup action Thursday night. Ottawa won 3-2.
OTTAWA – The Carleton Place Canadians have been eliminated from contention at the Fred Page Cup after dropping a third straight game Friday afternoon in Ottawa.
The Canadians fell 5-3 to the Edmunston Blizzard giving the Central Canada Hockey League representative an 0-3 record at the Eastern Canadian Junior A Hockey championship and ending Carleton Place's season. The Canadians won the title in 2014, 2015 and 2016 and finished second to the host Terrebonne Cobras last season.
The Canadians found themselves down 2-1 after the first period and the team trailed 4-3 after the second. Less than five minutes into the third, the Blizzard added some insurance as Carleton Place's season came to an end. Scoring for the Canadians were Samuel Knoblauch, Sam Allison and Justin Cmunt.
Dany Coulombe led the Blizzard with the hat trick, including an unassisted marker and the eventual game winner. Nolan Alward also scored on the power play and Tristan Mercure netted the insurance marker in the third.
Carleton Place continued to struggle on the power play going 0-for-7 while Edmundston was 2-for-7 with the man advantage.
The Canadians did out shoot the Blizzard 42-18, but Edmundston got solid goaltending from Francis Asselin who stopped 39 of the 42 shots he faced. For Carleton Place Michael Leach made four saves on seven shots while Jeremie Forget stopped nine of the 11 shots directed his way.
On Thursday night, the host Ottawa Junior Senators remained undefeated at the tournament after edging the Canadians 3-2.
After a scoreless first period, Pierre-Luc Veillette got Ottawa on the board at 6:16 of the second with the help of Darcy Walsh. About six minutes later Finn Evans scored on the power play to give the Jr. Sens a 2-0 lead. Picking up the assists were Nick Lalonde and Michael Thomas.
Less than a minute later, the Canadians's Ben Tupker finally solved Ottawa's Connor Hicks to cut the lead in half. Setting up the goal were Noah Tooke and Zachary Tupker.
At 11:48 of the third period, Travis Broughman pulled Carleton Place even with the help of Aidan Girduckis.
About two minutes later, and just 25 seconds into Haydn Hopkins's penalty for elbowing, Griffin McGregor beat the Canadians's Michael Leach. Assisting on the go-ahead-goal and eventual game winner were Chiwetin Blacksmith and Ottawa captain Owen Guy.
While the Canadians out shot the Senators 31-24 it did not translate on the scoreboard. Ottawa was more successful on special teams, however, as it went 2-for-5 on the power play while Carleton Place failed to capitalize on five chances with the man advantage. Both teams accumulated 14 penalty minutes on seven infractions.
On Friday night, the undefeated teams Ottawa and Longueuil met in the final round robin game. The winner would advance to the on Sunday afternoon while the loser would face Edmundston Saturday night in the semifinal game. The winner of the Fred Page Cup advances to the RBC Cup national junior A hockey championship in Chilliwack, B.C. later this month.