In the 56th edition of the Bogart Cup, the Carleton Place Canadians hosted the Ottawa Jr Senators to open up game one of the Central Canada Hockey League best of seven series on April 15th at the Carleton Place Arena in post – season action.
3:48 into the opening period, Senators Luke McCaw and Merrick Rippon set up Chiwetin Blacksmith to give Ottawa a 1 – 0 lead. With the Senators on a power play at 12:11 of the first, Teddy Simson gives the visitors a 2 – 0 lead with Blacksmith and McCaw drawing the contributors on Simson’s power play marker. Carleton Place’s Justin Cmunt pulls the Canadians within one at 7:41 of the middle stanza with Tim Theocharidis and Andrew Dodson adding the helpers on Cmunt’s goal. Griffin McGregor sinks the Senators third of the game to give Ottawa a 3 – 1 lead with assists coming from Adrien Bisson and Darcy Walsh at 8:28 of the period.
Cameron White increases the Senators lead to 4 – 1 at 12:51 of the third with Blacksmith and Rippon adding the helpers on Ottawa’s fourth of the contest. With an unassisted goal and pulling the Canadians within two was Carleton Place’s Cmunt at 14:19 of the period. With one minute left in the game and the Canadian net empty, Nicolas Samson sends a pass to Hubert Delisle to give the Senators a 5 – 2 win over the Canadians. Senator netminder Ian Andriano turned away 34 of 36 shots while Canadian goaltender Connor Hughes stopped 19 of 23 shots on Saturday evening in Carleton Place.
Senator coach Martin Dagenais told the Junior Hockey Network that “I thought we were good, but not great. We will have to be better tomorrow because we know they will.”
When asked about Chiwetin Blacksmith play in game one, Dagenais told us that ” Chiwetin was brought here to provide offense, and that’s what he did tonight. He’s gotta keep playing this way.”
Game two will take place on April 16th in Ottawa in a 7:30 p.m start between the Senators and Canadians.
Photo Credit: Sean Marcellus