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CJHL Hockey
Grads explode for eight goals against Hawkesbury Hawks
By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

Kyle Larsen celebrates scoring his first goal of the season in the Cumberland Grads 8-4 win over the Hawkesbury Hawks on Sunday. Fred Sherwin/Photo


The Cumberland Grads evened their early season record at 2-2 on Sunday with an impressive 8-4 win over the Hawkesbury Hawks in their home opener at the Navan Arena.

Newcomers Alec Chol and Greg Sartoretto both had a pair of goals for the Grads, while Adam Laderoute picked up his first win in net.

After getting off to a slow start this season, the Grads were determined to right the ship in front of their hometown fans, scoring at the 1:28 mark of the first period on a shot from Michael Borkowski that got past Hawks' goalie Philippe Magnan.

Back-to-back goals from Chol and Sartoretto would give the fans plenty to cheer about as the Grads went into the first intermission with a 3-0 lead.

Barely 21 seconds had elapsed in the second period when the Hawks' Sebastien Goulet beat Ladertoute to cut the Grads' lead to 3-1. Cumberland's special teams then took over scoring a pair of goals to extend their lead to
5-1.

The first goal came on the power play on a pass from Borkowski to Sartoretto, while the second marker was a shorthanded effort by Mike Lemay.

Hawkesbury lowered the deficit to 5-2 at the 13:03 mark of the second period on a goal from ex-Grad Rene Lamoureoux. Gabriel Parent then added a shorthanded goal of his own in the first minute of the third period to once again make it a two goal game.

The Grads responded with a pair of goals less han two minutes apart to go up 7-3. Kyle Larsen jammed home a Mitch Gallant rebound for his first goal of the season, followed by a Matt Miller shorthanded effort a minute and 30 seconds later.

After Hawkesbury scored to narrow the deficit to 7-4, Chol potted his second of the game to make the final score 8-4 in favour of the home team.

Chol is an American transplant who first learned to play roller-hockey growing up near Dallas, Texas. He eventually swtiched to ice hockey at age 12 and led the league in scoring for several years before moving to the Boston area in search of better competition.

His hockey journey eventually led to a CJHL Prospects camp where he caught the eye of Grads' head coach and general manager Paul Flindall. In

Needless to say, Flindall was happy with what he saw on Sunday, especially the play of his penalty killing unit. After allowing five goals on 15 chances during the first three games of the season, the Grads penalty killers limited the Hawks to just one power play goal on six opportunties and scored a pair of shorthanded goals.

Cumberland's next home game is Tuesday night against the Smiths Falls Bears. The puck drops at 7:30 p.m.

(Updated 8:30 p.m., Sept. 21)

 

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