RECAP | December 5th 2017
Ottawa West 4, Char-Lan 3
The Ottawa West Golden Knights, again, recorded another great bounce back performance after a 4-3 victory over Char-Lan on Tuesday night in Williamstown, Ontario.
Steve Sundin’s squad was coming off a disappointing 5-1 loss to the Embrun Panthers last Friday and again, recorded a much needed win to start the month of December with two more games to play this week.
The Golden Knights played last night’s game with four call-ups. D-man Brodie Barkley, goalie Joshua Legault, forward Justin Lefebvre and Ethan Gallant were all in the lineup do to regulars having exams and injuries.
“They play in Jr. C so they have experience and they are really smart hockey players” said head coach Steve Sundin.
Ottawa West dominated the first period as the shots were 12-1 for the Golden Knights. Cameron Scrivens netted his 11th goal of the season to give Ottawa a 1-0 lead after one period of play.
In the second period Raphael Lecours was sprung on a breakaway scoring his 11th goal of the season after Stratis fired him a long lead pass. Shortly after, the Rebels scored two unanswered goals when Ottawa got caught in some penalty trouble towards the end of the second period. We were tied 2-2 after two.
“We were missing some key guys tonight (Bidon, Turner, MacKennin, Gagnon) and they’re a big part of our hockey club so it was tough to not have them” mentioned Sundin.
The Rebels second goal was a long pass that got through the Golden Knights defense, which is something Sundin wants to work on going forward.
“I hate to say stupidity but you have to be smarter than that” said Sundin. You have to know when a forward is behind you as a defenseman and really, Char-Lan and Casselman are the only teams that run that play”.
Quickly after Ottawa West took a 3-2 lead in the third period – Tyren Boots fired one top corner after Jamer set him up from behind the net, giving the Golden Knights a 4-2 lead.
“He played (Boots) played in Char-Lan last year so he had something to prove and he got the winning goal” mentioned Sundin. “Jamer made a big hit behind the net and it popped out to Boots and he made no mistake scoring”.
The Rebels would add another one after a weak shot from the point got through Cuglietta but Ottawa West would hold onto for a 4-3 win. Shots were tied 21-21 after 60 minutes at the Char-Lan Recreational Centre.
Call-up, Brodie Barkley made his Ottawa West debut tonight playing excellent hockey, jumping up into the rush and covering his man. Also making an appearance back in the lineup was Justin Lefebvre who did not disappoint, playing an excellent two-way game.
“I thought Brodie played really well for us and I thought Justin played really well for us tonight, they’re just two smart hockey players” said Sundin.
Another giant force in tonight’s game was Alex Wall, who continued to make big hits and grind out puck battles along the boards.
“I thought Alex Wall never stopped tonight, he was just a workaholic on the ice”.
The Ottawa West Golden Knights have two more games on tap this week. They take on the Carleton Place Junior B Canadians Thursday night at home and the Westport Rideaus in their barn at 8pm on Friday.
As usual we will have the broadcast live for you on mixlr.com/owgkradio with Diamond Dante and Mason Detre in the broadcast booth.
Dante De Caria, OWGK