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Tier 2 Canadians take down Athens in Home Opener

By: Chris Lethbridge

The Canadians took a two-goal lead in the first 6 minutes on goals from James Lister and Ethan Woolsey, both assisted on each others goals as well.  Athens battled back to tie it up before Reece Bolton netted his 3rd goal in the last two games, with 1 second left on the clock.

Brayden Campeau scored 17 seconds into the 2nd period to put the Canadians back up by two.  Martin Templeton later scored shorthanded on a great pass from Danny Griffith and the Canadians took a 5-2 lead into the final period.

The Canadians successfully killed a 5-minute major penalty in the 3rd period.  Athens were able to get back within two though.  Theo Todd got behind the defense, beat Canadians goaltender Jacob Lavergne to the puck and scored on the open net with 4:42 to go.  That was as close as Athens would get.  Aiden Parnell and Brayden Campeau added goals in the final two minutes and Carleton Place won by a final score of 7-3.

The Canadians out shot Athens 39-34.  Jacob Lavergne made 31 saves and earned his second victory of the season.

The Canadians Tier 2 club has been tested early in the season.  Each of their first 3 opponents were playoff teams last year and the Athens Aeros were semi-finalists.  An impressive start for a team that does not have a player born prior to 1999 on their roster.

“We are a young team, but were good.  I think we have been able to prove that early on,” noted by Canadians left winger James Lister after the game.

The Canadians are back in action Wednesday when they travel to Renfrew to take on the Timberwolves (0-2).  Carleton Place will return home Saturday night to take on the 2nd place finishers from last season, the Richmond Royals.