10:30 p.m., Jan. 5)
shake off holiday rust; comeback from two goal deficit to beat Smiths
By Fred Sherwin
days after dropping a game they should have won against the Kemptville
73s Friday night, the Cumberland Grads finally shook off their post-holiday
malaise to down the Smiths Falls Bears 5-4 on home ice Sunday.
spotted the Bears an early 2-0 lead before bouncing back to tie the
score late in the first period on a pair of goals by Mathieu Ouellette
and Brent Bisdee.
goal came off a bad turnover just outside the blue line in which he
picked off an errant pass and skated in all alone on Smiths Falls
goalie Joe Quattrocchi before depositing a backhand shot into the
back of the net.
then tied the game on a great individual effort that saw him blow
by the Smiths Falls' defenceman on the play and swoop in on Quattrocchi
who didn't appear ready for the shot.
eventually took the lead at the 12:34 mark of the second period on
a goal by Brock Plouffe who was set up beautifully on the play by
David Pacan who battled for the puck at the side of the net before
gaining possession and sending a pass over to his wide open teammate.
scored again with 4:16 left to go in the second period when Michael
Sorrenti picked off a clearing pass deep in the Bears' offensive zone
and then flipped a pass to Tim Hennessey who had gotten behind the
defencemen on the play and scored on the backhand.
Adam Mohr played another solid game in net for the Grads, making several
key saves including a huge stop early in the third period in which
he prevented the puck from crossing the goal line by throwing his
stick back and corralling the puck into his body.
seconds later, Marc-Andre Labelle picked up a nice lead pass along
the boards from Jeffrey Clarke and then fired a blistering shot from
the right faceoff circle that caught the inside of the far post just
outside the reach of Quattrocchi's trapper.
would get one back on a power play goal midway through the final period,
but it was too little too late as the Grads easily held on for the
Campbell had an especially strong game on defence in helping Mohr
pick up his third win since replacing Adam Laderoute in a game against
the Cornwall Colts in Dec. 19. The Grads regular starting goaltender,
who has been nursing a minor injury, is expected to be back between
the pipes when the team faces the Kanata Stallions on Tuesday night.
the exceptional job Mohr has done in filling in for Laderoute, Grads
head coach and general manager Mark Grady says he's still actively
looking for someone with more experience to back up the team's number
has done a great job for us, but I don't want to keep him out of Major
Midget AAA for too long" says Grady, who believes the 17-year-old
is still a year away from playing full-time in the CJHL.
team about to play six games in the next nine days, including the
next three in the other teams' buildings, Grady is happy with the
way his team is playing of late.
have three lines that can score and we're even getting some production
from our fourth line," says Grady. "Kanata should be a good
test. We haven't beaten them yet this season."
are currently seven points clear of the Gloucester Rangers atop the
Robinson Division with three games in hand. Overall they're in fourth
place, one point ahead of the Brockville Braves and three points behind
the Bears who have played three additional games than they have.
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