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(Posted 10:30 p.m., Jan. 5)
Grads shake off holiday rust; comeback from two goal deficit to beat Smiths Falls Bears
By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

Two 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.

The Grads 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.

Ouellette's 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.

Bisdee 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.

The Grads 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.

The Grads 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.

Call-up 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.

Twenty-four 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.

The Bears 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 win.

Jeffrey 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.

Despite 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 one goaltender.

"Adam 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.

With the 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.

"We 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."

The Grads 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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