Article by N. Schoonderbeek/Photos by Lisa Shaw
The Clarington Eagles are a skilled team at the top of the Orr Division standings, but they will not be pushed around. They are a gritty team that demonstrates a willingness to stand up for themselves when necessary.
Case in point during Saturday night’s road game against the North Kawartha Knights. A scrum that broke loose halfway through the second period resulted in 13 penalties between the teams, including two North Kawartha suspensions for major head contact and a discriminatory slur. The Knights are in fifth place in the Orr Division but are second in the PJHL league for penalty minutes.
Rookie Dale Junkin scored his third goal this season in the ensuing power play.
The Eagles were already ahead by four goals at that point, including two from defenceman Jake Dupuis, one from Hayes Bell during a power play, and one from captain Dawson Manning. Dupuis scored another goal in the third period for a hat trick, his first as an Eagle. The final score was 6-0.
Another fight broke out in the dying minutes of the game between Trent Gaylor and Marshall Flynn, for which both players have been assessed a one-game suspension. That fight was a follow-up to unsportsmanlike conduct penalties between the pair after a disagreement late in the second period.
The Eagles played without some key guys last night, including defencemen Bryson Kelloway and Ryan Hall, and forward Adam Klaas. “Our players stepped up big,” said head trainer and assistant general manager Craig Wilcox. “I was really impressed with Ryan Bordun who filled in on the blue line and did a great job for us. It was nice to see us band together and win a big game on the road last night.”
Clarington’s netminder Marc-Olivier Robert saved 36 shots last night. He is emerging as a star with an impressive record of two shutouts out of his three full games with the Eagles. Robert has only allowed two goals out of 91 shots this season.
Newly signed defenceman Colson Boyle earned his first point as an Eagle with an assist in the third.
You should come watch the talented and lively Eagles in action at their next home game, which is the best value going for a night of entertaining hockey. The game against the Port Perry LumberJacks is set for Thursday, November 3 at Rickard Arena in Bowmanville. Puck drop is at 7:25 pm.