Ottawa, Ontario – Originally, the Ottawa West Golden Knights (30-6-2) were suppose to play three games this week, but Friday’s game against Arnprior was postponed due to weather and is rescheduled to Wednesday, February 19th.
The Golden Knights allowed four unanswered goals to the Ottawa Jr. Canadians to lose 4-1 on Thursday night inside the Barbara Ann Scott Arena, but Ottawa West had a full 60 minute effort against Athens last night at the Centre 76 and took it 6-1.
Ottawa 4, Ottawa West 1
The Golden Knights were unable to execute offensively all night as the Golden Knights four unanswered goals between the start of the game until the third period. George Daher scores even strength for the first goal, then Noel de Kemp would score from the slot to have a two goal lead.
Janick Lacroix and Connor Dobson would cap off a multi-point night by scoring once in the second period. The positive sign for Ottawa West was their power play going 1-for-3. Noah Haymes scores his 20th goal this season. The last time N. Haymes had a 20 goal season was with the Embrun Panthers 2017-18 season, where he collected 24 goals.
Brent Pledge-Dickson makes 26 saves for his 5th loss this season and Ryan Whitehurst made 42 saves in the win. The Golden Knights five game winning streak came to an end. Golden Knights out-shot the Canadians 43-30.
Ottawa West 6, Athens 1
The Golden Knights dominated the Athens Aeros though 60 minutes at the Centre 76 in Athens, Ontario. Ottawa West would score six unanswered goals until allowing a goal from Athens Aeros forward Eric Mitchell. That goal broke the shutout early in the third period.
Sean Kearns (2G / 2A), Jack Haymes (1G / 2A) and Noah Haymes (1G / 1A) combined for 9 points on a line thoughout the night. Kearns four-point night gets him to 60 points on the season and ties Westport Rideaus forward Sean James for second in the league in points.
Sam Edwards would get the scoring started by collecting his 3rd goal of the season. Adam Watson would also join the scoring parade by scoring his first CCHL2 goal off a nice cross ice pass from Stef Mellios coming on the power play.
The Golden Knights power play continues to stay hot by going 4-for-11 on the night and are 11-for-31 on the man advantage in the last four games. Ottawa West out-shot Athens 42-12. William McEvoy makes 11 saves for his 16th win this season and has won 13 consecutive games as a starter.