By Don Valade
The Mattawa Recorder
Volume 47 Issue 22
Sunday, December 23, 2018
There was no Agent Scully, but there were three Agent Mulders, and it wasn’t enough as the Mattawa Novice Rockets took the mystery out of the East Nipissing Vipers to the tune of 6-2 in a Hockey Files report from Nipissing District Hockey League (NDHL) action.Read More...
On December 9 in Mattawa, the Rockets registered the victory based on the pair of goals each by Colton Sarrazin and Owen Marcotte. Other goals went to Chase Rodgers and an unavailable scorer indication. Teams were tied 1-1 after one period, with Mattawa leading 3-1 after two frames, and out scoring the visitors 3-1 in the final stanza. As for the X-Files connection, the Vipers are coached by Michelle Mulder, while two little Mulders, Sonic and Felix, are players on the club.
Recent NDHL action in Atom play saw the Rockets win twice and lose once.
On November 24, the Rockets came out flat in Powassan and lost a 7-0 decision to the Hawks. Lucas Conrad possessed the killing talons, scoring four times, including the winner.
The Rockets rebounded the next day (Nov. 25) in Mattawa with a 6-4 victory over the Osprey Link East Nipissing Vipers. Noah Backer had the hat trick, including the winner, and two assists to lead the way. Other goals went to Joshua Neddo with a pair, and Leah Chenier, while the other helper went to Aedan Leadston.
Mattawa led 1-0 after one period, but fell behind 3-2 after two frames. The third stanza was an exciting period, especially for the Mattawa fans, as there was a lot of scoring. With 6:54 left in the game, Mattawa tied it at 3-3, but the Vipers responded 49 seconds later to take a 4-3 lead. Was it over? No way. The Rockets switched on the boosters in the late stages of the match and fired three goals in two minutes and 11 seconds, the tying and winning tallies coming in a 15-second span, and the insurance goal being scored with 59.9 seconds remaining in the game. The home side took two of the three penalties whistled down by referee Charles Contant.
Kenzy Huard scored the winner with only 18.7 seconds left in the game, to help the Rockets to an exciting 4-3 victory over the East Nipissing Vipers on December 9 at the Mike Rodden Arena in Mattawa.
Mattawa led 1-0 after the first period, with the clubs tied at 2-2 after two frames. The Rockets outscored the Vipers 2-1 in the final stanza. Huard and Backer both had two goals, while Chenier and Leadston had assists. The lead changed three times during the game. With Mattawa leading 1-0 in the second period, the visitors scored twice in a 56-second span to take a 2-1 lead, but Mattawa tied it at 2-2 before the end of the period. The Rockets took a 3-2 lead with 4:24 remaining in the game, but less than two minutes later the Vipers tied it at 3-3, to set up Huard’s heroics. No penalties were called in the matchup.
After a slow start to the season, the Pee Wee Rockets are shifting into high orbit, as the club recently registered two shutout victories, 7-0 and 4-0, against the East Nipissing Vipers (Perrons Freshmart) on December 8 at the Mike Rodden Arena.
The first game saw Denver Landriault with two goals and one assist, Henry Wunsch with a pair of tallies, and Owen Williams with a duo of counters lead the way for the Rockets. Noah Webster had the other goal, while Cole Neault, Connor Ross, Hailey Belanger, and Tara Maxwell registered assists. Mattawa led 3-0 after the first period, two of the goals scored in a 10-second span (one with 54 seconds remaining in the period and the other with 44 seconds left). The Rockets fired one goal in the second frame and added three insurance tallies in the third stanza. One penalty was called and it went to the visitors.
Webster was the big gun in the second contest, scoring the hat trick. Williams had the other tally as well as an assist. Maxwell and Ross had the other assists. Mattawa led 2-0 after one period, 3-0 after two frames, and scored the only goal in the third stanza. Again there was only one penalty called in the game, and again it went to the visitors, and once again, it went to the same player. Rocket goaltender Tanner Barnes registered both shutouts.
The Bantam Rockets have been doing very well so far this season in NDHL play, and recently celebrated three victories.
On November 4, led by the shutout goaltending of William Thompson-Gariepy, the Rockets blanked the East Nipissing Vipers (Wrightway Sportswear) 4-0 in Astorville. Goal getters were Maddox Backer with a pair, Daniel Franceour and Eoghan Drumm. Faidge Janveaux chipped in with an assist. The Rockets led 3-0 after one period and the same after two frames. Mattawa added an insurance goal in the third stanza. Seven penalties were called in the contest, five of them going to the home side.
On December 8, the Rockets took two games of a doubleheader, 3-2 and 3-1, against an unnamed all-girls club in Mattawa.
The first game saw Backer fire two tallies including the winner to lead the way. Janveaux had the other goal while Drumm with two and Alex Roberts chipped in with assists.
Janveaux was in on all three goals in the second game, scoring twice and adding an assist, to lead the way. Drumm had the other tally and it turned out to be the winner. Kelora Huard added an assist. It was 2-1 for Mattawa after one period and the same after two frames. The Rockets fired an insurance tally with 2:05 remaining in the third stanza. No penalties were whistled down.