The Carleton Place Canadians were able to hold off some strong pushes from the Smiths Falls Bears for a 5-0 shutout at the Carleton Place Arena on Sunday, Oct. 22.
Carleton Place had a rough match, with a number of players heading off of the ice, some returning later, some not.
The Canadians’ Joey Warywota was the first to be helped off of the ice, but he returned later in the game.
Thirty seconds into an interference penalty against the Bears in the second period, Aiden Girduckis extended the Canadians lead. Later in the period, Girduckis was helped off the ice. He wasn’t seen for the rest of the game.
The Canadians scored early in the game, which seems to be a regular occurrence, with a goal by Connor Hill before the five-minute mark in the first period. A number of quick glove saves on both sides of the ice kept both goalies on their feet, but a puck off the stick of Canadians player Haydn Hopkins was able to reach the back of the net for a 2-0 lead by the end of the first period.
The Canadians didn’t let up in the second period, with a goal by Geoff Kitt just under halfway through the period.
The Bears came back strong and in an attempt to hold their ground, the Canadians suffered a high sticking and tripping penalty, leading to some five-on-three hockey.
Through some defensive plays and fast saves, the Canadians were able to kill off the penalties without letting in a goal.
Carleton Place sealed the deal, with Ben Tupker scoring with just over two minutes left in the game.
The goalie for the Canadians, Michael Leach stopped 17 shots on goal, while the goalie for the Canadians stopped just over double, at 35 shots on goal.
The next home game for the Carleton Place Canadians is Friday Oct. 27 at 7:45 against the Navan Grads at the Carleton Place Arena.