Smiths Falls Settlers season is off and running

by Michelle Morris

Settlers VS Mustangs

Saturday’s Home Opener was welcome with a lot of anticipation and nerves. After the Players were all individually introduced, there was a ceremonial opening puck drop By Mayor Shawn Pankow, Joe Gallipeau (Town councillor and owner of the Gallipeau Center) and former general manager of the Settlers Glen “Red” Blair.
Once the game got going, both teams came out flying with some big checks and the pace was incredible, with many chances for both teams.  After 2 periods the score remained scoreless.  The Local boys came out pressing in the 3rd period and at the 1:08 mark of the 3rd the Settler’s captain Reilly Degray opened the scoring with assist going to Alex Wapachee and Blake Gilpin. This seemed to open things up and the Maniwaki Mustangs replied with a goal of their own at the 4:27 mark. At the 6:45 mark Degray put the Settlers ahead again with a solo effort beating the goalie with a snapshot from the top of the circle. The Settlers started getting into some penalty troubles when the Mustangs reply with 2 quick power play goals at the 14:13 mark and the 15:10 mark. The Settlers pressed with no avail and after pulling goaltender Kyle Fritz with time winding down, the Mustangs took advantage with an empty net goal at the 19:31 mark. Though they didn’t come away with the victory the Settlers played with speed and determination outshooting the Mustangs 49-36.
Third Star for the game went to Reilly Degray

Settlers VS Icewolves

Monday’s home game was a bit of a different story, both teams came out cautious and methodical, it took until the 18:07 mark of the first period when Degray received a pass from Taylor Lemay on a partial 2 on 1 and Degray did the rest with a low short side shot beating the Cold Water Ice Wolves. The pace picked up as the game went along when in the second period at the 12:13 mark the Ice Wolves took advantage of a turnover on the Settlers power play and evening the score. Things remained tied at 1 through 2 periods. At the 13:45 mark of the 3rd period Taylor Lemay took a pass form Darius Shashaweskum and wrapped it around on the unsuspecting Ice wolves goalie for Lemay’s first ever CPJHL goal. The lead didn’t last long as the Ice Wolves scored on a power play on a beautiful deflection on a point shot goalie Kyle Fritz never had a chance on.  Things remained tied through regulation time. The 3 on 3 overtime went back and forth, after the Settler’s killed a penalty, they were handed a power play of their own and with 1:39 remaining in the 5 minute frame after an end to end rush by Adam Porter, Shashaweskum picked up a pass from Porter to make a move on the goalie and slide the puck into the net for the overtime victory. Even though this was not the Settler’s best effort it is something to build off for future games.
First Star – Darius Shashaweskum
Second Star – Taylor Lemay