explode for eight goals against Hawkesbury Hawks
By Fred Sherwin
Larsen celebrates scoring his first goal of the season in the Cumberland
Grads 8-4 win over the Hawkesbury Hawks on Sunday.
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.
Chol and Greg Sartoretto both had a pair of goals for the Grads, while Adam
Laderoute picked up his first win in net.
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
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
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.
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.
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
next home game is Tuesday night against the Smiths Falls Bears. The puck
drops at 7:30 p.m.
p.m., Sept. 21)
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