Cougars send message with win over Volant

The message has been passed throughout the league after their 6-1 win over the Gatineau-Hull Volant last Saturday night (November 4) – watch out for the Vankleek Hill Cougars.

Gatineau-Hull, which had previously lost only one game all season, was on its heels all night, scoring only one goal late in the game when it was already decided.

Vankleek Hill has improved its lineup on an almost weekly basis this season and the results are showing. The buzz around the National Capital Junior Hockey League (NCJHL) is that the Cougars are the team to beat this season.

Cougars acquire Paquette from Volant

The Vankleek Hill Cougars made a major trade last week, acquiring local defenseman Jonathan Paquette from the Gatineau-Hull Volant prior to the game between the two teams last weekend.

The 21-year-old Embrun native has previously played in the National Capital Hockey League with the North Dundas Rockets and St-Isidore Eagles. Paquette also has Junior B experience with the Alexandria Glens, Embrun Panthers and Casselman Vikings. He will bring a lot of experience to the Cougars defense.

Welcome to the Cougars Jonathan!

Arnprior Packers player scores hat trick in 19 seconds

Jake Coleman of the Arnprior Packers scored an amazing feat in his team’s 11-2 Eastern Ontario Junior Hockey League (EOJHL) win over the Valley Wolves on November 2 – scoring three goals in just 19 seconds.

The 19-year-old forward scored at 12:31, 12:38 and 12:50 of the third period against the Wolves. He also added two assists on the night, for five points in the game. On the season, Coleman has scored 11 goals and added 22 assists for 33 points in only 13 games so far this year.

For comparison’s sake, the National Hockey League record for the fastest three goals is 21 seconds, set by Bill Mosienko on March 23, 1952.

Former Hawk Djibril Touré on NHL watch list

Former Hawkesbury Hawks defenseman Djibril Touré is making noise since following his former head coach to the Sudbury Wolves of the Ontario Hockey League this fall. Touré was listed as a C prospect on the NHL Central Scouting Players to Watch list last week.

Djibril was traded along with his brother Kerfalla to the Hawks last season from the Carleton Place Canadians. The two both played during the Hawks playoff run that resulted in a final loss to the Central Canada Junior Hockey League champion Ottawa Junior Senators. When former Hawks coached signed on as an assistant coach with the Sudbury Wolves, he recommended the 6′ 7”, 19-year-old defenseman and Djibril made the team out of training camp in September.

In 12 games so far this season Djibril has four goals and one assist to go along with 34 penalty minutes. He’s also become a fan favorite and was featured in an article in the Sudbury Star on October 26. You can read the article in full on the Star’s website here.

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.