keep home unbeaten streak intact with shootout win over Cornwall Colts
By Fred Sherwin
Grads forward Kale Wild battles for the puck in front of the Cornwall Colts
net during second period action on Sunday. Fred Sherwin/Photo
In a battle
between the CJHL's division leaders it was the Cumberland Grads who came
out on top on Sunday as they downed the Cornwall Colts in a shootout to
keep their unbeaten home record intact.
The highly anticipated
game lived up to the advanced billing as the two teams battled to a 2-2
tie in regulation. After an exciting overtime period in which the Grads
had several excellent scoring opportunities, it took six shootout rounds
before Cumberland finally got the win.
While the Grads
were intent on keeping their home unbeaten streak intact, the Colts were
equally determined to continue their success on the road where they were
The Grads got
on the scoreboard first during a power play opportunity at the 16:55 mark
of the opening period. Brent Bisdee scored the goal off a long rebound given
up by Colts goalie Doug Carr. The initial shot was taken by Rob Caparelli
who was recently acquired from the Ottawa Jr. Senators.
tied the game for the Colts a little over a minute later to send the two
teams to the dressing room knotted up at a goal apiece.
scored his first goal of the season for his new team on shot that slid along
the ice and caught the inside of the far post
the Colts tied the score again on a shot from Eddie Slade that changed directions
after it deflected off the shin pad of Grads' defencemen Kevin Tansey past
a helpless Adam Laderoute.
Despite the bad
break, the Grads' goalie was on his game for the most part especially in
the third period when he had to make several difficult saves to keep the
Carr had a good
game in net for the Colts as well, especially in the five minute overtime
period when the Grads outshot Cornwall 5-2. He continued to have a hot hand
in the shootout, stopping the first two Grads shooters before Daniel Sauve
beat him five hole to force extra shots.
After Kale Wild
scored on a bullet that beat Carr high glove side to force a sixth round,
Greg Sartoretto scored on a slick shot that found an opening between Carr's
left foot and the post to put all the pressure on Cornwall's Shane Avery
who missed the net giving the Grads the big win.
The Grads will
be hard-pressed to keep their home unbeaten streak intact Tuesday night
when they host the Pembroke Lumber Kings who trail them by just one point
in the Yzerman Division standings.
a.m., Oct. 6)
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