By: Dante De Caria
Carleton Place, Ontario – The Ottawa Jr. Senators scored four unanswered goals to defeat the Carleton Place Canadians, 4-2, in game one of the Bogart Cup Final on Sunday afternoon inside the Carleton Place Arena.
Noah Rowe fired a shot from the mid-point that took a deflection in front of the goal, and went through the Canadians goaltender Connor Murphy for a 3-2 lead late in the third. Ethan Manderville later scored on a wrap-around to give OJS the 4-2 lead.
The Jr. Senators were outshot 15-3 and trailed 2-0 after the first period. Both of the Canadians goals came off scrambles in front of Ottawa goaltender Francis Boisvert.
It was Owen Cole’s fifth of the post-season 27-seconds into the second period that gave the Jr. Senators some momentum. Chris Piche jammed away at the CP net and tied the game with four-minutes left in the second period.
Head Coach Martin Dagenais said that they had a nice chat in the room after the first, which got the team going in the second-half.
“They outplayed us in the first period,” said Dagenais. “But we came out flying in the second period, and we got that goal on the first shift so that gave us wings. I thought we showed our true character, spending a lot of time in the offensive-zone and we were way better defensively.”
Francis Boisvert made 36-saves in the win. Dagenais said that he was a big key to their success.
“In net, Frank (Francis Boisvert) won the battle, especially in the first-half of the game. He was incredible but that’s the kind of goaltending we will need all playoffs.”
Dagenais also says that they adjusted to their play later on in the game.
“We weren’t skating with them, they were physical and we weren’t sure what to do. You can’t trap, you have to attack them and I thought that’s what we did in the second-half.”
In the playoffs, Ottawa improves to 15-1 in game one’s and 6-5 in Carleton Place (over the last five years).
Game two is tonight (Monday April 15th) at 7:30 inside the Jim Durrell Sports Complex. Dante De Caria will be on the call alongside Mason Detre, Brett Bonisteel and Josh Primeau on CKDJ 107.9 – FM and mixlr.com/ojsradio.