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(Posted 7:30 p.m., Feb. 9)
Grads move into third place overall with win over Hawkesbury
By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

The Cumberland Grads took over sole possession of third place in the CJHL standings on Sunday after downing the Hawkesbury Hawks 6-4 in a game that featured a third period brawl and over 322 minutes in penalties.

The Grads had the game well in hand late in the third period and had just scored their sixth goal when Hawks coach Martin Beaulne called a timeout.

The play resumed without incident, but after the next whistle several players started jawing at each other. The verbal exchanges quickly degenerated into shoving match and soon several players started squaring on each other.

When the dust had finally cleared 294 penalty minutes were handed out including 10 fighting majors, one for each player on the ice, and 21 game misconducts. All of the players who were assessed a fighting major automatically received a game misconduct for fighting within the last 10 minutes of the game.

Jeffrey Campbell received two minor penalties for leaving the bench, a fighting major and three game misconducts when he left the penalty box to join in the melee after already being escorted off the ice by the linesmen.

Hawkesbury's Mathieu Ouimet also received two minor penalties, a fighting major and three game misconducts after he left the Hawks players bench. Both players could face additional disciplinary action, including possible suspensions, once the league reviews the game video referee Jay Shaw's report.

The four other Cumberland players who were involved in the donnybrook included Matt Miller, Michael Sorrenti, Kevin Lough and Andrew Klassen. All five players including Campbell will miss the Grads next game against the Nepean Raiders on Wednesday.

The game itself was tied at 3-3 through the first 40 minutes, despite the fact that the majority of the game was played in the Hawks' end, and for the most part the tenor of the calm was fairly calm.

Mathieu Ouellette would give the Grads the lead for good at the 8:29 mark of the third period on a pass from Klassen. Jeffrey Clarke then scored a little over two minutes later to give Cumberland a two goal lead.

Miller's insurance marker with 8:16 left in the game resulted in Beaulne's timeout and the subsequent brawl. The final goal of the game was scored with less than 10 seconds to go by former Grad Zach Laroche.

Besides Ouellette, Miller and Clarke, Cumberland's other goals were scored by Mitch Gallant, Brent Bisdee and Klassen.

With the win the Grads moved into sole possession of third place in the overall standings, one point ahead of the Smiths Falls Bears with a game in hand.

When they travel to Nepean on Wednesday, they will face a team that has scored 21 goals in there last three games, including a 6-4 win over the Pembroke Lumber Kings on Feb. 4. The Grads have won their last two and five of their last six dating back to Jan. 23.

Their next home game is Sunday Feb. 15 against the Kemptville 73s. The puck drops at 3 p.m.

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