Smiths Falls Settlers continue to dominate in CPJHL league play

by LAURIE WEIR

The Smiths Falls Settlers are continuing to dominate the Central Premier Hockey League (CPJHL) with two more big wins over the weekend.

The Settlers are in top form with just one loss in their 12 games played and are holding steady to first place in the East Conference (as well as overall in the league) with 22 points, thanks in part to a 10-game winning streak. 

Saturday night in Almonte, Smiths Falls posted a 5-1 win, then Sunday in Barry’s Bay, the Settlers were on top of a 9-4 decision against the Falcons.

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Felix Stephen earned the first star of the game in Barry’s Bay Sunday, Oct. 29, with a hat trick to lead the scoring. He also added an assist to his total. Otto Thomas had two goals and two helpers for a four-point night to earn the third star of the game.

Smiths Falls built a three-goal lead in the first period with two from Stephen and a single from Darian Cheezo. Assisting on the team’s third goal were Jovani Moses and Thomas.

Into the second, Moses had one of his own with a power-play goal as the Settlers went up 4-0 by 14:41 of the frame.

The Falcons got on the board at 8:10 with their first goal of the game from Wabin George and Braedan-Jay Wynne.

Smiths Falls shot back at 5:22 to take a 5-2 lead with Jake Awan’s goal from Stephen.

The Falcons scored their final goal of the game at 2:46 with the credit going to Tyrese Neeposh.

Thomas gave the Settlers their final goal of the second period for a 6-3 lead after two periods of play.

In the third Smiths Falls scored three more, as Stephen, Thomas (from Cheezo) and Darius Shashaweskum (Thomas and Moses assisting) did the damage.

The Falcons had the final goal of the game at 4:06 of the period with Wynne getting the credit.

Smiths Falls was hit with just four minors in the game for eight minutes in the sin bin. The Falcons had three minor offenses.

Kyle Fritz was the winning netminder with 35 saves.

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 In Almonte Saturday, the Settlers earned a 5-1 penalty-filled win over the Jr. Sharpshooters.

The Settlers were tagged with 57 minutes in penalties, including a misconduct and intent to injure, as well as a game ejection, while Almonte was hit with 26 minutes in the penalty box.

Smiths Falls led 1-0 after the first with Stephen’s marker at 1:37.

Into the second, Smiths Falls potted three more before Almonte could get on the board.

Cheezo, with first star honours, scored the team’s second goal, assisted by Adam Porter, the second star of the game.

Shonwahnokon Thompson and Cheezo had the other second period markers.

Almonte’s Dante Papalia got the Sharpshooters on the board at 9:02 of the second period, assisted by Dylan Adrain.

In the third, Smiths Falls put it away with Thomas’ goal at 4:12 for the 5-1 final. Porter claimed an assist on the goal.

Travis Yach earned the game’s third star for Almonte.

Zachariah Zehnder had the win in nets with 21 saves.

Alex Miotla was tagged with the loss with 24 of 29 saves. He was helped out by Sebastien Lemaire.

COMING UP

The Sharpshooters are in Smiths Falls on Saturday, Nov. 4 for a rematch at 8 p.m.

Sunday, Nov. 5, the Settlers travel to Baltimore to take on the Galaxy at 2 p.m. On Nov. 11, the Settlers will host the Falcons at 8 p.m. Then on Monday, Nov. 13, Smiths Falls will host the Mustangs – the only team the Settlers have lost to all season. Game time is 7:30 p.m.