grab share of third place with win over Raiders
Cumberland Grads have moved into a third place tie in the Central Junior Hockey
League after downing the Nepean Raiders 4-2 on Sunday.
getting outshot 8-3 in the first period, the Grads managed to escape the opening
stanza with a 1-1 tie when Raiders' goalie Darren MacDonald left his crease to
play the puck only to have it intercepted by Matt Miller who threw a pass across
to Brock Plouffe who easily scored into a wide open net.
game remained knotted at a goal apiece until the dying moments of the second period
when Daniel Sauve scored on a blast from the top of the left faceoff circle that
beat MacDonald high stick side.
Raiders eventually tied the game again on Scott Cowie's second power play goal
of the game at the 11:56 mark of the third period. After Adam Laderoute made the
initial save on a shot from the point by Joey Manley, the rebound came to Cowie
who slid a shot into the far side of the net.
the score tied 2-2, the Grads continued to step up their play in the third period
which led to the eventual game winning goal by Chris
Murphy with just over five minutes left on the clock.
Grads would add an insurance marker with 1:12 left to go in the game on a highlight
play that saw Marc-Andre Labelle carry the puck across the Raiders' blueline before
throwing a tape-to-tape pass to Jeffrey Clarke who deftly slipped the puck past
MacDonald on his backhand.
the win the Grads improved their lead atop the Robinson Division by 10 points
over the Ottawa Jr. Sens, but more importantly they moved into a third place tie
in the overall standings with the Smiths Falls Bears and they have two games in
win also improved the Grads' record at home to 15-7-1-0, which is one win shy
of the Raiders and Bears who have both won 16 games at home so far this season.
Grads managed to pick up a top notch goalie prior to Saturday's trade deadline
in John Griggs who they acquired from the Pembroke Lumber Kings by way of the
Hawkesbury Hawks for Tim Hennessey and Ottawa's 3rd round selection in the 2009
started 24 games for the league-leading Lumber Kings and won 15 of them. He posted
a league high five shutouts and had the second lowest goals against average at
just over two goals a game, despite having only the seventh best save percentage.
head coach and general manager Mark Grady says he plans to platoon Laderoute and
Griggs for the remainder of the season in order to keep both goalies fresh for
two top notch goalies and I have confidence in both of them. I just want to make
sure that they're healthy and fresh going down the stretch," says Grady.
will likely get his first start for the Grads when they host the Lumber Kings
on Tuesday night at 7 p.m.
2:30 a.m., Jan. 13)
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