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Week 7 Preview: Black and Blue

Ottawa, Ont. — Last week was, as the kids say, lit.

Six games were played in the span of a single day at the CCHL’s Thanksgiving Showcase at CIH Arena in Rockland; the Hawkesbury Hawks ran the table in Week 6, while the Cornwall Colts went 0-for-3.

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NOTABLE TRANSACTIONS

Nepean dealt F Jacob Myra (’99) to Amherst (MHL) in exchange for a PDF.

Rockland acquired F Shane Spencer (’99) from Pembroke in exchange for a PDF.

Navan sent G Brennan Kitchen (’98) to Dauphin (MJHL) in exchange for a PDF.

STORYLINES

  1. Injuries — It seems like injuries have hit the league’s top players harder than usual this season; top Ottawa forwards Owen Guy and Nick Lalonde — both injured Sept. 27 vs. Cornwall — are on the long-term IR, Navan captain Zach Salloum has also been out since Sept. 24. All three were amongst the league’s top scorers when they went down; the Jr. Sens have survived on their depth, but the Grads have struggled.
  2. All Eyes on Kemptville — The 73’s showed the usual boost in form following the hiring of Jeff Jordan, beating Pembroke and playing 55 win-calibre minutes against Rockland. The question is now: Was that a temporary boost, or will Jordan’s systems lead Kemptville back into the playoff mix?
  3. The Talented Mr. Sauve — Though few had them pegged as a top-four team, the Rockland Nationals have come out of the gate flying en route to a 9-4-2 record. But with a visit from the Jr. Sens and a trip to Cornwall looming this week, Dan Sauve’s group must prove its mettle against a top team in Ottawa and a desperate team in the Colts.

GAMES TO WATCH

Thursday: Smiths Falls at Kanata (7:30 p.m.)

Saturday: Brockville at Ottawa (7:30 p.m.)

Sunday: Kemptville at Nepean  (2:30 p.m.)