Small victories in Napanee

Goaltender Noah Barker squares off for the faceoff in Napanee.

The Rebel’s didn’t come out with a win Friday night in Napanee but there were some small victories that should build good momentum for the team’s home opener tonight against Picton. The team played well defensively but seemed to let their guard down after each time they scored.

Campbellford opened the scoring with Brocanier’s 2nd goal of the season from Newman with 6 minutes left in the first period.  Napanee responded with a goal only 20 seconds later, and then two more times in the first period.

With less than a minute into the second, Brocanier, from Yatim and Kelsh, opened the scoring in a scramble around Napanee’s net to make it 3-2. But Napanee responded less than a minute later and again at the 7:42 mark. Hansen scored later in the second with a pass across the front of the net from Treverton and Fisher to make it 5-3. Again, Napanee responded with two quick goals only a minute later. By the end of the second period, Barker had faced  43 shots on net.

The team tightened up defensively in the third period and kept Napanee’s shot count to 12 for a total of 55 in the game. They didn’t allow any goals in the third. Despite being down in goals, the guys were blocking shots. New player, Ali Yatim, dove headfirst near the point to get his stick in front of a Napanee defenceman’s point shot. The players did a good job of limiting odd man rushes and stayed out of the penalty box. The team successfully killed a penalty to Newman with 7 minutes to go in the third period.

Hansen has a three game scoring streak going and we’ll see if he can keep it going tonight against Picton at our home opener. The bouJosh Sainthill is expected to join the team tonight for his first game. Sainthill had 10 goals in 28 games last year with the Rebels.

Ceremonial puck drop starts at 7:30pm as the Rebels honour the community’s first responders.