Campbellford celebrated their community first responders Saturday night at their home opener. Prior to the game the red carpet was rolled out for a ceremonial puck drop at centre ice. Representing our first responders were Shawn Jamieson, Chief of Trent Hills Fire Department; Constable Dave Pewtner, of the Ontario Provincial Police; Trevor Mackey, from Northumberland County Paramedics; Eric Hanna, Interim President and CEO of Campbellford Memorial Hospital; and Rebel’s Tyler McMurray, Acting Correctional Manager at Warkworth Institution.
A moment of silence was held prior to the national anthem to honour the two fallen Innisfil police officers, Constable Devon Northrop and Constable Morgan Russell, who were fatally shot during an incident on October 11.
Eric Hanna dropped the puck for the Rebels captain Aiden Treverton and Picton captain Landon McLellan, each of which had a goal in the game.
The Rebels went on to drop the home opener 8-2. Both Campbellford goals were scored on the power-play. The first was scored by Brock Kelsh, from Dennis Fisher in the second period to make it 4-1. The second goal was from Rebels captain Aiden Treverton, from Owen Brocanier, early in the third period to bring the Rebels within two goals. But a flurry of penalties in the 3rd period allowed Picton to score three power-play goals to take the game 8-2. Goaltender, Ethan Koren, played a solid game, facing 51 shots from high quality locations. Ethan kept the Rebels in the game during a 4 on 3 Picton power-play, sliding across the crease to stop a back door shot in the second period.
Josh Sainthill played played his first game of the season and showed off his speed and skill. In the first period, while short handed, he stole the puck from a Picton defender behind the Picton net and came close to netting a short handed goal.
The Rebels have had to start the season playing the division’s strongest teams to start the season, playing Amherstview twice, Napanee, and then Picton. They have another challenging game next Saturday, October 22, as they play Napanee in Campbellford.