Poulin Provides Offensive Spark in Eagles Game Three Victory

Article by I. Schoonderbeek/Media by C. Archer

The Clarington Eagles are one win away from the PJHL Eastern Conference Finals. The Junior ‘C’ squad continued to dominate special teams play enroute to a 6-2 victory in game three against the Uxbridge Bruins Sunday afternoon at Rickard Arena.

Winger Kolby Poulin got the Clarington offence rolling with two goals in the first period. The speedy forward has found success the past two games paired with Connor and Mitch Davies. Poulin went on to complete the hat trick and add an assist in the third period for a 4-point game.

Leyton Aitken, Owen Manarin, and Mitch Davies also found the back of the net for the Eagles, while defenseman Ryan Hall picked up three assists on the afternoon.

The Clarington powerplay scored on four of five opportunities in the game, while going three for three on the penalty kill. So far in the series against the Bruins, the Eagles have converted on nine out of 12 powerplays for a 75% success rate.

“Our powerplay continued its success from games one and two and is really starting to heat up at just the right time,” said Poulin. “Most playoff games this late in the year turn into special teams fights to win games, and we’ve had our way with them to start the series.”

Poulin likes his team’s chances going forward. “We had a great performance today from the crease out. With Frenchie and Jude both playing well in net and our offense finding its form, we’re going to be a tough team to beat the rest of the way.”

Jude Rondina got the start in goal for the Eagles and turned away 17 of 19 shots for his seventh victory of the post-season. Rondina has only once surrendered more than two goals in a game since being acquired from Georgina in January.

“I thought we played a full 60 minutes tonight,” said coach Dean Baumhauer. “We were led by Poulin and the Davies brothers and got contributions from Aitken and Manarin. Manarin is so skilled, but school commitments have affected his availability recently, so it was nice to see him step up today. Ty Harris played his first game of the series and quickly made his presence felt with a couple big hits.”

The Eagles will attempt to complete the sweep of the Bruins when they travel to Uxbridge Tuesday evening. Puck drop for game four is 8:45 p.m.