Ottawa, Ontario – Week one of the 2022-23 EOJHL season got underway on Tuesday Sept 27th with the Ottawa Jr. Canadians hosting Ottawa West Golden Knights. During the week between Tuesday-Friday, the EOJHL witnessed eight other games which featured the Brockville vs Carleton Place, Casselman hosting Char-Lan and raising their 2021-22 EOJHL Championship banner and many more.
Ottawa 2, Ottawa West 1 (OT) (Tuesday)
It was a very tight first game of the season between the Ottawa rivals. The last time these teams met was when the Golden Knights won their playoff series against the Canadians 3-1. Goaltenders were outstanding on that night with Felix Schnell making 30 saves in his OJC debut, while Jordan Provost stopped 32 pucks.
Frechette got the Canadians first goal during the second period. During the third, Danill Viscu collect his first EOJHL goal on the power play which sent this game to OT. It wouldn’t take long for Tyler Vezina to score 35 seconds in extra time to give the Canadians the win. Canadians outshot the Golden Knights 34-31. OJC went 0-for-8 on the man advantage while Ottawa went 1-for-6.
Carleton Place 4, Brockville 3 (OT) (Wednesday)
It was an entertaining home opener inside the Brockville memorial Centre which witnessed extra time. Brockville jumped to an early 2-0 lead with goals from Car and Stringer. Despite Carleton Place outshooting Brockville 21-13 in the first two period, they only managed to score once during the second period from Matthew Elis.
The final two minutes would be entertaining as the Canadians score two unanswered goals at 1:25 and 55 seconds from McGlade and Smetham. McGlade ended the night with three points. Juchau tied the game with 24 seconds left to force OT. McGlade scored his second of the game on a power play to give CP their first win. The former Perth Blue Wing Matthew Maas made 25 saves while Lahach Jr made 33 stops. Both teams had one power play goal.
Ottawa West 4, Ottawa 3 (Thursday)
In the second of the home and home series to kickoff the season, the Golden Knights were able to bounce back and collect their first win. Anthony Tardioli led the way with two goals and three points while Ben Baldwin had his first goal of the year. Jace Peters, who collected the game winner had his first multi-point effort. Provost made 29 saves for his first win.
Lake, Lacroix and Nicholson were the goal scorers in the OJC’s first loss of the season. The Canadians outshot the Golden Knights 32-27. Ottawa West went 2-for-4 on the power play.
Casselman 6, Char-Lan 1 (Thursday)
The Casselman Vikings home opener and Championship banner night was a success, as they cruise their way to a dominant win. Pozzebon, Lafrance, Ouimet, Stewart and Cook each tallied two points while Ouellette had 1G / 2A in his Vikings debut. Landry, Gibbons and McCarthy also tallied one goal in their first game. Racine made 26 saves in the win, while Casselman went 1-for-2 on the man advantage.
Trent Poitras had Char-Lan’s only goal in the loss. Shots were 42-27 for Casselman.
Perth 7, Carleton Place 0
The Perth Blue Wings dominated their way to a victory at home over Carleton Place. The Blue Wings went 4-for-4 on the power play and outshot Carleton place 45-24. Justin Salter had 2G / 2A while Anderson and Ouellette each tally three points. Ethan Woolsey added two goals. Brady McEwan made 24 saves for his first shutout this season.
Matthew Maas made 38 saves in his Carleton Place debut. Carleton Place went 0-for-4 on the power play.
Brockville 7, Valley 2
The Tikis were able to bounce back from a OT loss to Carleton Place and get their first win. McLeod, Pipe and Juchau each tallied 1G / 1A for two points. The other goal scorers were Stanutz, Moretta, Grajnar Ptok, and Guillot-Storr each had one goal. Dustin Riff made 31 saves for the win and outshot their opponent 53-33.
Valley had McGee and Smith score in the third period in the loss.
Char-Lan 4, Alexandria 1
The Rebels collected their first win after losing a tough one in Casselman on Thursday night. Hunter Brennan led his team with two goals in the third period. Chenier and D’Alessio each collect goals in the first. Maxime Mayer made 21 saves for the win and outshot Alexandria 44-22.
Cosimo Repaci had Alexandria only goal and Jordan Stars made 40 stops.
Embrun 8, Richmond 4
The Panthers explode for five goals during the second period in the win. Charle Belanger started the season off strong by scoring a hat trick for five points. Murdoch had two goals and Riley MacDonald added three assists. Leduc and Gregoire each had two points. Cooper Lennon got the win by making 19 saves.
Tyler Cutts scores twice and Cameron Donaldson had 1G / 2A for three points. The Royals went 2-for-5 on the power play.
Casselman 5, Winchester 1
The Vikings continue their winning ways by going 2-0 in the first week. Gibbons, Bastien, Pozzebon, McBain and Lafrance all had one goal while Mael Gendron made 45 saves in the win. The Vikings went 1-for-8 on the man advantage. The Hawks outshot Casselman 46-44.
Ric Shin had Winchester’s only goal in the second period on the power play.