Clarence Castors leads 2-0 on Volant

The Clarence Castors wasted no time in jumping on a tired Volant de Gatineau-Hull team last weekend, taking a 2-0 lead in the series in the semi-finals of the Junior Hockey League of the National Capital (NCJHL).

Clarence – the NCJHL’s top regular-season team – used home advantage and a hat trick from Nicolas Gaumond to claim a 5-2 victory over the Volant on Saturday night (March 5), under 24 hours after Gatineau-Hull eliminated the Vankleek Hill Cougars the night before. The Beavers trailed 2-1 after one period, but then scored three unanswered goals in the second period and added a point in the third to seal the victory.

On the road at the Slush Puppie Center in Gatineau, the Castors were even better on Sunday, March 6, taking a 2-0 lead in the first period, then shutting out the home team 3-0. Clarence goalie Corey Camirand — the NCJHL’s most valuable player in the regular season — got the shutout, while Denis Alderic, Cayden Martin and Zachary Payer scored singles.

The Beavers will host Game 3 of the seven-game series at the Clarence Creek Recreation Center this Saturday, March 12, as they seek to take control of the series. Game time is 8 p.m.

North Dundas and South Grenville tied 1-1

Justin Gauthier was the hero, as the North Dundas Rockets defeated the South Grenville Rangers 7-6 at home in Chesterville on Sunday, March 6, to tie the NCJHL Second Round series between the two teams at one game apiece.

Gauthier scored four goals for North Dundas to lead the team to victory. The Rockets made things exciting for hometown fans – blowing two goal leads twice in the final six minutes of the game – before rallying in overtime for the win.

The win avenged a 5-2 win by South Grenville in Game 1 of the series, which opened Saturday night, March 5, at Cardinal Arena. Both teams will return to Cardinal for Game 3, which begins at 5:10 p.m. this Friday, March 11.

Beaudoin of the U18 Raiders breaks the scoring record

Nepean Raiders prospect Cole Beaudoin led the HEO U18AAA in rookies this season, breaking the team’s U18 record.

Beaudoin has 77 points in just 32 games this season, scoring 24 goals and adding 53 assists. Even more incredible, Beaudoin broke the Raiders rookie scoring record 17 fewer games. Jax Dubois held the previous record, scoring 41 points in the 2019-20 season.