The Rockland Nationals are playing great hockey to start the 2022-2023 Central Canada Hockey League (CCHL) season. The team sits tied for second place overall in the CCHL with a record of six wins, one loss and one overtime loss.

The Nationals bounced back from their sole loss so far this season – a 6-2 defeat road defeat by the Smiths Falls Bears last Friday (October 14) – by topping the Nepean Raiders 4-1 on the road on Sunday (October 16). The two contests kicked off a four game road trip for Rockland, which plays in Kemptville this Friday night (October 21) and then travels to Navan on Sunday, October 23.

The Nationals will finally be back home at the Rockland Arena on Friday, October 28, when they will face the Renfrew Wolves in a 7:30 p.m. start.

Glens face Casselman Vikings at home Friday

The Alexandria Glens will be looking for their first win this Friday (October 21), when they face off against the Casselman Vikings at the Glengarry Sports Palace in Alexandria.

After a tough start to the season, the Glens have been playing better recently, scoring four goals last Sunday (October 16) in an 8-4 to the Richmond Royals. Nicholas Bell stood out for Alexandria against Richmond, with a goal and two assists, while Cosimo Repaci had a goal and an assist. Yanik Major and Tyler Sauvé added singles in the game. Glens netminder Jason Van Wieren stopped 41 of 49 shots fired his way.

The Vikings beat the Glens 5-1 last Saturday (October 15) and Alexandria will be looking to extract some revenge in this Friday’s rematch. Game time at the Sports Palace is 8 p.m.

Cougars rookie netminder Jérémie Tessier records first Junior win

Congratulations to Cougars goaltender Jérémie Tessier, who recorded his first win as Junior player last Saturday in the team’s 6-1 win over the Metcalfe Jets.

Jérémie played last season for the Collège St-Bernard M18 D1 team in Drummondville, Québec. A native of Chute-Saint-Phillipe, Québec, he played minor hockey for the CCL Dynamiques Bantam AA team and the Rousillon Gladiateurs Bantam BB teams.

Great job Jeremie!

Hawks’ Kirk named CCM Player of the Week

Hawkesbury Hawks forward Jakson Kirk was named by the Central Canada Hockey League as Week 2 CCM Hockey Player of the Week on October 4.

The 2002 born Alma, Ontario, native totaled nine points (4G, 5A), helping Hawkesbury to a 1-1-1-0 record, which included a 6-point (3G, 3A) effort in a blowout win over Nepean and a 2-point (1G, 1A) effort in a overtime loss to Smiths Falls.

Honorable mentions went to Kirk’s Hawks teammate Landon Brownlee, along with Connor Shibley (Ottawa Junior Senators), and Lucas Culhane (Brockville Braves).

Known as Vankleek Hill’s Sports Authority, MacKenzie Hinton writes regular sports updates on his popular Facebook page. Mac is the statistician for the Vankleek Hill Cougars and Alexandria Glens Junior hockey clubs. His column appears weekly in The Review.