Ottawa, ON –The Ottawa Jr. Senators (32-4-2) defeated Rockland on Wednesday 4-1, Kemptville in OT on Friday 3-2, then swept a home and home Saturday and Sunday with Carleton Place 3-2 and 5-1.
Wednesday – Ottawa 4, Rockland 1
Fresh off having their season-high 11 game winning streak snapped in their last game, OJS came out flying on Wednesday, scoring their third win in the season series over the Rockland Nationals on Wednesday.
Massimo Gentile and Vincent Velocci had goals in the opening frame, as the Jr. Senators saw themselves playing shorthanded, with four affiliated players in the lineup.
After Will Collins made it a one-goal game with under a minute to play in the second, the line of Anthony Provost-MaxBush-and Sam Edwards took over in the third.
In his first game back in OJS colours, the AP from the EOJHL’s Ottawa West Golden Knights finished off a beautiful sequence for the insurance marker. Four minutes later, Bush saw himself back in the offensive zone, but without his stick, kicked the puck towards the front of the net, where Sam Edwards wired it five-hole to pat the lead.
William Desmarais made 30 stops in the win, while Nationals starter Jack McGovern turned aside 32.
The Jr. Senators went 0-for-4 on the man advantage while the Nationals went 0-for-1.
Friday – Ottawa 3, Kemptville 2 (OT)
Looking for redemption in North Grenville came tough for OJS on Friday, as the team found themselves without any jam in the opening 40 minutes of play. They were also down on the scoreboard as goals from Ty Whyte and Matthew York had the hometown 73’s up a pair heading into the third.
Simon Isabelle scored early in period three to cut the 73’s lead in half before Bodie Nobes beat a screen with under two minutes to play to secure a point for OJS.
As both teams traded chances in OT, Anthony Provost made a beautiful play in his own zone to break up a 73’s scoring opportunity and headed back the other way to redirect home his sixth of the year and the win.
William Desmarais stopped 31 in the win, while Tyler Laureault turned aside 36 in the 73’s goal.
The Jr. Senators went 0-for-5 on the man advantage while the 73’s went 1-for-3.
Saturday – Ottawa 3, Carleton Place 2
A fast-paced and tightly played opening 20 had the Canadians scoring the only goal of the opening 20 as former Jr. Senator Mark MacPhee forced a turnover and found Liam Goreski in the slot, for the periods only tally.
With two of the league’s best powerplays going head to head, it was evident that OJS needed to win the special teams battle on Saturday, and it couldn’t have gotten better when Sam Edwards scored short-handed, then Philippe Jacques got on the board with a powerplay marker. Isaac Pascoal found the back of the net for the visitors, setting up a tie, heading into the third period.
Philippe Jacques’ second of the game made it seem like a next-goal wins scenario, but Isaac Pascoal’s second of the game, just over three minutes later set up that narrative.
Elevated to the top line in the third, Braxton Ross broke a 12 game goalless drought as he crashed the front of the net and fired home the game-winner with just over six minutes to play.
Collin MacKenzie made 22 stops for his first CCHL win, while Canadians starter Joe Chambers turned aside 35.
The Jr. Senators went 1-for-5 on the man advantage while the Canadians went 0-for-3.
Sunday – Ottawa 5, Carleton Place 1
With their healthiest lineup since the trade deadline, the feel of another closely contested game loomed in CP, following a scoreless 20 minutes.
After a waved-off goal early in the second, OJS didn’t let that phase them. As Tomislav Brennan won a draw, the puck found Wil Murphy, who fired it home to get the Jr. Senators on the board. Later, Simon Isabelle came out of the box and stripped the puck off a Canadians defender, to then wait out Chambers and slide it into the open cage for his 16th of the year.
In the final 20, OJS found the back of the net three times in the first 7:12, as Sam Edwards, Simon Isabelle, and Julian Recine all scored to put the game out of reach. The shutout bid was spoiled as Pascoal scored his third against OJS in as many days with a powerplay marker.
William Desmarais made 15 stops in the win, while Joe Chambers turned aside 32, before being pulled for Brady McEwan, who stopped all 12 he faced.
The Jr. Senators went 1-for-4 on the man advantage while the Canadians went 1-for-5.
The Ottawa Jr. Senators return to the ice tonight at the Nepean Sportsplex to face the Nepean Raiders with puck drop scheduled for 7:30 PM. Catch all the action with Davide Disipio and Mason Detre on the Jr. Senators Broadcast Network at Mixlr.com/OJSradio and on Hockey TV.