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Canadians, McKay Sheet Metal & Roofing present donation to Caldwell Public School

The Carleton Place Canadians and McKay Sheet Metal & Roofing were at Caldwell Public School on Tuesday to present a $500 donation to the school’s athletic funds.
Kevin McArthur, owner of McKay Sheet Metal & Roofing, and Canadians coach Jason Clarke presented Casey Nelson, principal at Caldwell Public School, as part of the team’s program where McArthur donates Canadians tickets to the schools in Carleton Place.
McArthur has been donating tickets for the past three seasons. The school that has the most students attend a game is awarded the donation to their athletic fund.
“I thought it’d be a good idea (to join the program), I had two kids that went through the minor hockey system here in Carleton Place,” he said. “It’s great, a lot of kids can’t afford to get out to a game and this gives them an opportunity to go out and see one of the best junior hockey teams in the country so I was pretty happy to do it.”
“Kevin McArthur has been a big part of our organization for the past three years and he really enjoys giving back to our community,” said Clarke. “Hockey is kind of a big thing for him and he enjoys being a part of our organization and being able to give back to kids so they can watch the games.”
For Clarke, he said changes to school funding makes what he and McArthur do with this program that much more special for him.
“There’s always cut backs in the public-school system right now and any time we can be able to donate money so the kids can have better sports equipment, it feels really good that we’re able to run a program like this,” Clarke added.
With McArthur doing business in Carleton Place, he said he sees the value and importance of giving back to the community.
“I live in Carleton Place and I think it’s great to give back,” he said. “We (McKay Sheet Metal & Roofing) do business in the community and, it’s like anything else, you have to look after the people that give you business and I think that’s important.”
The Canadians and McKay Sheet Metal & Roofing will be continuing their partnership when Carleton Place gets their season started in September.

Main Camp Schedule Posted June 9 to 11

Main Camp Schedule Beckwith Arena
Friday June 9 Beckwith Arena
9:00am Practice Team Black CP Presentation
10:00am Practice Team Red CP Presentation
11:00am Practice Team White CP Presentation
12:00pm Practice Team Yellow CP Presentation
BREAK
2:00pm Game Team Black vs Team Red
4:00pm Game Team White vs Team Yellow
Saturday June 10 Beckwith Arena
9:00am Game Team Black vs Team White CP Billet Presentation
11:00am Game Team Red vs Team Yellow CP Billet Presentation
BREAK
2:00pm Game Team Black vs Team Yellow
4:00pm Game Team Red vs Team White
Sunday June 11 Beckwith Arena
9:00am Game Team Black vs Team Red exit interviews after game
11:00am Game Team White vs Team Yellow exit interviews after game

Canadians Main Camp June 9 to 11 Posted

Main Camp Schedule Beckwith Arena
Friday June 9 Beckwith Arena
9:00am Practice Team Black CP Presentation
10:00am Practice Team Blue CP Presentation
11:00am Practice Team White CP Presentation
12:00pm Practice Team Orange CP Presentation
BREAK
2:00pm Game Team Black vs Team Blue
4:00pm Game Team White vs Team Orange
Saturday June 10 Beckwith Arena
9:00am Game Team Black vs Team Yellow CP Billet Presentation
11:00am Game Team Red vs Team Green CP Billet Presentation
BREAK
2:00pm Game Team Black vs Team Green
4:00pm Game Team Red vs Team Yellow
Sunday June 11 Beckwith Arena
9:00am Game Team Black vs Team Red exit interviews after game
11:00am Game Team Yellow vs Team Green exit interviews after game

Canadians take the long road to a fourth Fred Page Cup final

Daniel Vazzoler

Things might have appeared bleak for the Carleton Place Canadians after going winless in their first two games at the 2017 Fred Page Cup, but wins in their third round-robin game and Saturday’s semi-final game puts the Canadians in Sunday’s final against the host Terrebonne Cobras.

Carleton Place beat Collège Français de Longueuil 2-0 in the semi-final match-up, getting the better of the QJHL runner-up after losing 2-1 in a shootout in the first meeting. Connor Hill and Alex Friesen both beat Stefano Cantali with laser-like wrist shots over the goaltender’s shoulder, while Connor Hughes continued his bounce-back play to pick up the shutout.

“I thought it was a great game from start to finish,” Jason Clarke, Canadians coach, said. “It’s the best game we’ve played so far since we’ve been at the tournament. We had all 20 guys show up and great goaltending. Forwards played well, defence played well, it was just a great, great effort overall.”

The two teams played a scoreless first period, despite trading a pair of power play opportunities each.

A Longueuil turnover midway through the second period set up Hill as he grabbed the loose puck in the attacking zone on the left-wing side of the ice, behind the defence, and rifled a shot over Cantali’s glove side shoulder.

Friesen added to the lead early in the third period with a shot that was a mirror image to Hill’s – Friesen took the pass from Connor Merkley on the right-wing side and beat Cantali right next to his ear with a lightning fast wrist shot on the short side, getting the puck past Cantali’s blocker and shoulder.

The Fred Page Cup can be a gruelling tournament to get through, and Carleton Place will have to face the full force of its strength for the first time if they wish to lift the trophy for a fourth consecutive time. Their three previous times at the event, Carleton Place has had the benefit of resting on semi-final Saturday thanks to being the top team throughout the round robin.

This year, the Canadians finished third in the preliminary round of the tournament and will have to play every day of the competition.

“Five games in five days is going to be a tall task against a really skilled and fast team like Terrebonne, but it’s just a one-game tournament. [Sunday’s] going to be all about pride, character, desperation and trying to get every ounce out of every guy we can in order to win the Fred Page Cup,” Clarke stated.

Sunday’s final could be slightly more difficult as Longueuil started getting physical against the Canadians and Carleton Place got banged up by the end of the game, but Clarke said he expects the players who played on Saturday will be in the lineup in the finals.

The Canadians will be looking to recreate the start they had against the Cobras in their round robin game where the Canadians had a 6-2 lead halfway through the game before Terrebonne ended up winning the game 8-7 in a shootout.

The winner of Sunday’s meeting will determine who gets to represent Eastern Canada at the RBC Cup May 13-21 in Cobourg, Ont. for the chance to be crowned national Jr. A champions.

The finals take place at 3 p.m. at the Cité du sport in Terrebonne, Que.

Tournament honours handed out in the morning

The Fred Page Cup awards banquet was held Saturday morning where players received honours for their performance in the round robin part of the tournament.

The Carleton Place Canadians had one player leave with an award as Tim Theocharidis was named to the tournament all-star team as one of the two defencemen. The rest of the team was made up by a pair of Longueuil players and a trio of Cobras. Canatali was named as the goaltender on the team and received top goaltender honours as well. Loïc Léveillé from Terrebonne was the other defenceman named an all-star and also took home the top defenceman award. Longueuil’s Vincent Chapleau, along with Terrebonne’s William Gignac and Chad Pietroniro, who was top forward, were the forwards named to the all-star squad of the event. Léveillé was also named tournament MVP.

Canadians extend season another day at Fred Page Cup

Daniel Vazzoler

For the first time this season, the Carleton Place Canadians faced elimination on Friday and they were able to defeat the Truro Bearcats 3-1 to earn themselves one more game.

After losing their first two games of the tournament in a shootout, the Canadians needed a victory over the Maritime Hockey League champions in order to book a spot in Saturday’s semi-final game of the Fred Page Cup taking place in Terrebonne, Que.

“We’re here to win and, you know, we’re doing it the hard way,” Jason Clarke, Canadians coach, said. “This is the first time in the four years we’ve been here (at the Fred Page Cup) that we’ve had to play in the semis but that’s okay. We’ve done everything the hard way all year long anyway, and we seem to persevere.”

In their other three trips to the Eastern Canada Jr. A Hockey championship, Carleton Place has had the benefit of having the one possible day of rest in the event as they had finished first in the round robin portions of the event. Finishing third this year means they will have to play five games in five days if the Canadians want to be lifting the Fred Page Cup for a fourth straight time.

“We just need to make sure we get lots of food in us, lots of rest to be ready for [Saturday],” Clarke said.

The Canadians coach had complained after the first two games, saying only parts of the Canadians performed well, but said he felt Friday’s game was a complete team effort – picking little things his team needs to improve upon moving forward.

“The only thing I didn’t like was some of the penalties,” he said. “I didn’t think the officiating was good today, I don’t the officiating has been very good at all throughout the whole thing but we took four very dumb penalties. We can’t afford to take penalties like that in [Saturday’s] game, that’s for sure.”

A large part of the reason the Canadians have made it thus far this season has been the play of their goaltender, and after Clarke commented on the poor performance of Connor Hughes the night before, he was quick to praise the 26-save game of the team’s number one goalie.

“Hughes was fantastic today. He was definitely the best player on the ice today and that was a big difference,” Clarke said. “It’s not surprising that he bounced back, he’s bounced back every time after a poor performance and that’s what he’s done all year. He’s got a lot of pride and he’s got a lot of athleticism – he wants to win. The bounce back today was just a testament to his personality and how hard he works.”

Will Cullen opened the scoring in the first period with a power play goal on the Canadians first of three chances with the man advantage in the game. Cullen snuck his way in from the blue-line and grabbed the rebound of the pads of Jason Rioux and chipped the loose puck past Rioux’s blocker on the short side.

The special teams for Carleton Place had to be strong as they were tested often against Truro. The Canadians faced 10 short handed situations and were down on a 5-on-3 twice in the game, yet held the Bearcats to only one power play goal from Riley Baggs on a play where a bouncing puck found the Truro defenceman on the far side of the crease with an open top half of the net over Hughes.

“They were fantastic, we had to be. We spent half the game in the penalty box, so our penalty killing had to be good and it was. Hopefully those guys aren’t too tired for [Saturday], so we’re going to have to stay out of the box for sure,” Clarke said, praising his penalty killers.

The Canadians even got some offence out of the penalty killers as Justin Cmunt scored a short-handed goal after serving the two-minute penalty from Cullen’s check to the head minor. Cmunt stumbled in behind the Truro defence, but regained his balance and used his speed to separate himself from the defenders and beat Rioux with a breakaway goal.

Logan Buchanan gave Carleton Place a 3-0 lead 3:16 into the third period with a quick wrist shot that beat the Bearcats goalie from the slot.

Carleton Place played in the afternoon game, so they had to wait until late into the night to figure out who would be their opposition in Saturday’s semi-finals. The Terrebonne Cobras and Collège Français de Longueuil both had a chance at the bye to the finals, as the winner of the late game on Friday would have had Saturday to rest. In the end, it was the Cobras who eked out a 3-2 shootout victory to earn the rest, meaning it will be a rematch of the first game of the tournament as Carleton Place and Longueuil will do battle to see who will face Terrebonne for the title and a spot at the RBC Cup, Canada’s national Jr. A championship, that will take place in Cobourg, Ont. later this month.

Both the semi-final and the championship games are scheduled as matinees with 3 p.m. puck drops at the Cité du sport complex.

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