The Carleton Place Jr. Canadians won their 6th straight game on Saturday night by defeating the 4-time defending champion Casselman Vikings. Carleton Place won 3-2 and matched their longest winning streak of the season. Cameron Patton scored the game winner with 3:40 to go in the 2nd period and Jacob Lavergne won his 12th game of the season by making 33 saves.
Like last Saturday, CPC were able to overcome a two goal deficit. Before Patton’s go ahead goal, Reece Bolton scored two powerplay goals less than 5 minutes apart.
“It was a complete team effort and it was really nice for a change to see our powerplay win the game for us,” said Head Coach John Ollson. It is an area that Ollson continues to highlight for improvement. They came into the game with the 12th ranked powerplay in the league (13.56%). “Just have to keep moving the puck, keep shooting, stay patient, and (powerplay) goals will come,” said Bolton.
Jacob Lavergne improved to 12-3-1 on the year. It was his 3rd straight win in net and his Goals Against Average is 6th best in the league (2.76).
Playing his first game for Carleton Place was 18 year old Right Winger Brad Richardson. The Canadians acquired Richardson from Casselman for a pdf. “Awesome group of guys, I’ve met everyone now and we stole two points tonight which was great to do, especially at home in front of a good crowd.”
CPC have beat the top 3 teams in the Martin Division their last 3 games. Their next game is on the road against the 4th place Ottawa West Golden Knights (15-8-3). The Golden Knights won the first meeting on October 21st, 5-4 in overtime. “They are a good team,” Ollson added. “They really took it to us here so we owe them a good game. The boys are practicing diligently and with pace and that is really showing in the games. We will be ready for Thursday.”
Carleton Place have extended their lead in the Richardson Division to 8 points, with a record of 21-7-1. Second place Athens have played 3 less games.