Smiths Falls Settlers on a 27 game win streak after upset of Almonte Jr. Sharpshooters

by Laurie Weir

The Smiths Falls Settlers are in a good place as the top of the East Division standings of the Canadian Premier Hockey League, boasting a 27-game win streak, with a record of 27-1 for 54 points.

The Essa Stallions are leading the West Division with 58 points, on a 29-2 record.

The Settlers have three games in hand.

The team’s owner, Barry DeGray, said they are in a good place with not just the team on the bench, but with the community support behind them.

Their goal in the second half of their schedule is to just keep in the win streak.

Monday, Jan. 29, the team made it look easy with a roughing up of the Almonte Sharpshooters at the Smiths Falls Memorial Community Centre, 7-2.

Smiths Falls took a 5-1 lead after the first period with two goals from Ollie Berndtsson, and singles from Austin Vallier, Reilly DeGray, and Felix Stephen.

Replying for Almonte was Steve Hursti.

Into the second, Almonte scored their second with Chris Giangiulio getting past Connor Morris in the Smiths Falls net.

But it was Shonwahnokon Thompson and Maverick Baxtrom who turned that around to give Smiths Falls the 7-2 lead which held up through the remainder of the game.

Coming up for the Settlers, they have a busy February starting at home on Saturday, Feb. 3 against the Mustangs at 8 p.m. On Monday, Feb. 5, they are at home to EOHA of Ottawa at 7:30 p.m. and on Saturday, Feb. 10, it’s a rematch against the Sharpshooters in Almonte at 7:30 p.m.