The Carleton Place Canadians overcame an early two-goal deficit to the Navan Grads as they picked up a 4-3 win Sunday afternoon.
Multi-point games from Kerfalla Toure, Ethan Woolsey and Derek Hamilton helped the offence get the win while, at the other end of the rink, Joe Chambers returned to the crease and made 26 saves in the victory.
Blake Butler and Cayden Faust made it a 2-0 Grads lead with goals early in the first and second periods before Toure started the comeback effort.
After a hard-working shift from the Canadians, keeping the puck deep in the Grads zone, Toure got the loose puck at the side of the net and banked his shot in off of Ben West to cut the lead to one goal.
Midway through the period, Woolsey leveled the score at 2-2 and the comeback effort came all the way as former Grad Christian Berini gave Carleton Place the lead 1:48 into the third period. Following a defensive zone face-off win, Berini came through and chipped the puck off the boards and sprung himself on a breakaway. In stride, Berini went short-side with his shot over West’s shoulder.
Alexandre Hogue walked into a slap shot just a few minutes later to tie the game again and it looked like the game was destined to go to over-time as neither team could strike until the final two minutes of the third period.
Navan had a chance to clear the puck on the play that immediately turned into the game-winning goal. Woolsey, covering for the defence at the blue-line, kept the puck in and sent a shot on net. Toure got a stick on the point shot and beat West with the deflection to put Carleton Place in front with 1:48 remaining in regulation.
The win finished an up-and-down month of November for the Canadians and they’ll look to carry the momentum gained from back-to-back wins into December. The Canadians kick the month off with a trip to face the Smiths Falls Bears on Friday before the Cornwall Colts pay a visit to the Carleton Place Arena on Dec. 5.