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Canadians defeat 2016-17 finalists Richmond in a Shootout

By: Chris Lethbridge

The Richmond Royals came in to Carleton Place on Saturday night with an 0-2 record.  The Royals played Casselman on Thursday night, falling in the Championship series rematch 2-1.

The Canadians trailed three times in the game but never by more than a single goal.  The final score was 4-3 for Carleton Place in a shootout.

Cameron Patton scored the franchise’s first ever shootout winner.  “I was looking to find anyway to score,” he noted.  “I didn’t have a plan, I went in looking for an opening and I got one.”

Patton barried the game winner top corner on a quick release.  He also had the game tying goal in the 3rd period.

Other goal scorers on the night were Reece Bolton and Martin Templeton.

Ryland Mosley assisted on all 3 goals.

Jacob Lavergne moved to 3-0 with the win.  He stopped 28 shots in the game and now has a .926 save percentage.

The Canadians moved to 3-2.  They have played four playoff teams from a season ago and Head Coach John Ollson is pleased with their start to the season.

“I am very happy, we had 7 regulars out of the lineup and the younger players being called up have played really well.”

Ollson talked about how the Canadians are a young team to begin with.

Not a single player on their roster can legally buy beer in Ontario.

“The idea behind this team is to put younger players against older teams, see how they respond, and give them a better chance to make the jump to the next level.”

The Canadians travel to Embrun Sunday afternoon to take on the Panthers, who are also new to the league.  Embrun enter the game with a record of 1-1-1.  Game time is scheduled for 1:30.