The Clarence Castors wasted no time in jumping all over a tired Gatineau-Hull Volant squad last weekend, jumping out to an early 2-0 series lead in the National Capital Junior Hockey League (NCJHL) semi-finals.

Clarence – the NCJHL’s top team during the regular season – used home ice advantage and a hat trick from Nicolas Gaumond to take a 5-2 win over the Volant on Saturday evening (March 5), less than 24 hours after Gatineau-Hull had eliminated the Vankleek Hill Cougars the previous evening. The Castors trailed 2-1 after one period, but then scored three unanswered goals in the second frame and added a single in the third to seal the victory.

On the road at the Centre Slush Puppie in Gatineau, the Castors were even better on Sunday, March 6, taking a 2-0 lead in the first period and then shutting out the home squad by a 3-0 score. Clarence netminder Corey Camirand – the NCJHL’s Most Valuable Player during the regular season – earned the shutout, while Denis Alderic, Cayden Martin and Zachary Payer scored single goals.

The Castors will host Game 3 of the seven game series at the Clarence Creek Recreation Centre this Saturday, March 12, as they look to take a stranglehold on the series. Game time is 8 p.m.

North Dundas, South Grenville tied 1-1

Justin Gauthier was the hero, as the North Dundas Rockets outlasted the South Grenville Rangers 7-6 at home in Chesterville on Sunday, March 6, to even the NCJHL second round series between the two teams at one game apiece.

Gauthier fired home four goals for North Dundas to lead the team to the win. The Rockets made things exciting for their hometown fans – blowing two goal leads twice in the last six minutes of the game – before rallying in overtime for the victory.

The win avenged a 5-2 win by South Grenville in the first game of the series, which opened on Saturday evening, March 5, at the Cardinal Arena. The two teams will be back in Cardinal for Game 3, which starts at 5:10 p.m. this Friday, March 11.

Raiders’ U18 Beaudoin breaks scoring record

Nepean Raiders prospect Cole Beaudoin led the HEO U18AAA in rookie scoring this season – breaking the team’s U18 record.

Beaudoin had an amazing 77 points in just 32 games played this season, scoring 24 goals and adding 53 assists. Even more incredibly, Beaudoin broke the Raiders’ rookie scoring record in 17 less games. Jax Dubois held the previous record, scoring 41 points in the 2019-2020 season.