Friday, Feb. 3rd - One of the tightest races in the Upper Canada Minor Hockey League regular season would be that going on in the U-15 Rep division where the top three positions are separated by just 2-points. The North Dundas Demons, who are comprised of players from both North and South Dundas, currently hold top spot in the division wth 36 points. The South Grenville Rangers too have 36points but have played one more game than the Demons and suffered one more loss. And the Kemptville Royals, who have played three more games than the Demons are in 3rd-place with 34 points.
The race for the top, over the next 10 days, is actually tighter than that.
The Demons have been a season long scoring machine. A combined 126 goals over 20-games has this team well in front, by more than 30 goals, of their nearest rival Kemptville Royals. But the South Grenville Rangers are tis in net minding having allowed only 28-goals in 21-games.
There is a battle waging here fore sure.
On Wednesday evening of this week the Demons hosted the 4th-place South Stormont Selects (currently with 26-points) in a game at Chesterville Arena. The home team’s Jordan Elliott beat the Selects net minder, Thomas Pilon, midway thru the opening period on a play from Wyatt Patterson and Reid Rankin that eventually won this very tight contest on a 1-0 score.
"Rowan McCooeye was brilliant between the pipes throughout this one,” pointed out Coach Brian Shaver following the game, “And we were all giving it our best shot for this win. Just a great game!”
The victory moved the Demons into the top spot with a number of games in hand over the closest competition, including the Rangers and Royals.
The Demons travel to Leeds to meet the 8th-place Chargers in a 7:00 p.m. start on Monday, Feb. 6th then tie on the skates again on Wednesday, Feb. 8th to host 2nd-place South Grenville at Chesterville in a 7:00 p.m. start that just might be their most important game to date in their pursuit to close the regular season in 1st-place.
On Saturday, Feb. 11th North Dundas will be hosted by the North-Glen-Stor Braves at Maxville in a 1:00 p.m. start and close their schedule on Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14th at Brockville in a 7:30 p.m. puck drop.
Local fans - that’s Wednesday, Feb. 8th, 7:00 p.m. in Chesterville. Our gang in the game of the year!!