Courtesy of Smiths Falls Bears
A crowd of 300 turned out to the Shawville Arena on Saturday, Dec. 3 to watch the 2nd Annual Fish Findlay Classic between the Smiths Falls Bears and the Nepean Raiders. The proceeds from this game are donated to the Shawville Minor Hockey Association. For the 2nd consecutive year the Raiders gave their home crowd a victory to celebrate as the Raiders beat the Bears 5-2.
The first period was evenly played with the Raiders taking a 1-0 lead on a goal that Smiths Falls disputed going in the net. The Antoine Belisle goal stood and the period ended 1-0 Nepean as they outshot the Bears 14-13 and Nepean took the only minor penalty.
Belisle scored again at 9:54 of the second period to put Nepean up 2-0. Rookie Marc Shannon surprised Nepean netminder Marshall Frappier with a high backhander at 11:38 for his seventh goal of the season. Kyle Dowdall and Kris Lalonde drew the assists. Former Bear Kevin Groulx scored on a breakaway to restore the Nepean two goal lead at 14:06. Nepean outshot the Bears 15-8 while the Bears received a single minor penalty during the middle stanza.
Nepean jumped out to a 4-1 lead when Kari Belec beat Brad Dobson at 8:04 of the third period. Malcolm Arseneau made it 5-1 at 18:27 before Ryan Gibson scored his fifth goal of the year, unassisted, at 19:29 to make the final score 5-2 Smiths Falls took two of the three penalties handed out in the third period.
The Bears host the Pembroke Lumber Kings on Friday, Dec. 9 at the Bears Den in the annual Teddy Bear Toss game. All fans are asked to bring a stuffed toy to the game and throw it on the ice after the first Bears goal. All toys will be donated to charity for those less fortunate during the holiday season.