Eagles Show Poise and Discipline as End of Regular Season Approaches

Article by N. Schoonderbeek/Media by C. Archer

UPDATE: The game against Georgina on Monday, March 6 has been cancelled

The Clarington Eagles are playing like they are ready for playoffs – and that’s certainly a good thing with only one regular season game left. The team walloped the North Kawartha Knights 5-0 at Saturday evening’s road game. This was a significant win heading into playoffs because the Eagles lost both of their games against the Knights in February.

The game was a proper team effort, and Head Coach Dean Baumhauer noted that all four lines contributed to the scoresheet. In fact, twelve players made it onto the scoring summary, with goals from Connor Davies, Mitchell Davies, Brady Darrach, Dawson Manning, and Owen Canini.

Jordan Shaw, Hayes Bell, Trent Gaylor, Dawson Manning, Kolby Poulin, Nolan Matheson, Bryson Kelloway (2), and Nate Stirling all contributed with assists.

The Eagles started strong with a commanding 3-0 lead after the first period and added a goal in each remaining period.

Baumhauer called out Canini and Dale Junkin for a particularly strong game with good energy. He also remarked that Connor Davies, who opened scoring in the game, has been getting hot at the right time of the year.

Marc-Olivier (‘Frenchie’) Robert earned another shutout, his fourth of the season since starting with the Eagles in mid-October. “Frenchie needed a good start to help with his confidence, and he got it,” said Baumhauer. “The back end was poised with the puck and kept it simple,” helping to make Frenchie’s job a little easier.

The players appear keenly aware of the need to play a disciplined game going into playoffs, having spent only eight minutes in the penalty box. This discipline will be tested at the final regular season game against the Georgina Ice, which tends to be action-packed. The most recent game against Georgina included a host of penalties for both teams. You can catch this rare Monday night home game at 7:55 pm at our home arena, Garnet B. Rickard Recreation Complex.