Weekend Roundup: Six games open fourth season of CPJHL hockey, Sept. 20-22

by Matt Mackinder

The Canadian Premier Junior Hockey League opened its fourth season this past weekend.

Friday night, Le Becard de Senneterre (pictured) played its inaugural game and downed the Maniwaki Mustangs 4-3 on the road.

Zachary Boiliane’s goal with five minutes left in the third period proved to be the game-winning tally. 

Pierre-Luc Bellard, Jordan Riviere and Alexandre Beaulieu also scored for Senneterre, while Antoine Chouinard earned the win in goal with a 26-save performance.

Then Saturday night, Le Becard came back with an 8-1 win over Maniwaki on home ice. Seven different players scored in the win, including two from Riviere. Chouinard was spectacular in stopping 66 shots.

Maniwaki outshot Senneterre 67-54.

Mustangs goaltender Logan Hensley finished with 46 saves.

Also Saturday, the Smiths Falls Settlers defeated the expansion Ferme Neuve Les Buffalos 13-3 on home ice behind a seven-point game from Malcolm Gamelin (three goals, four assists) and 23 saves from Ethan Messner. Askar Kagirov also tallied a hat trick for the Settlers.

The Scarborough Wexford Raiders used a four-goal third period to knock off the Muskoka Anglers 8-5 to round out Saturday night action in Gravenhurst. Riley Cassada posted four goals and two assists, while Tyler Bayoff went for two goals and five points and Felix McMillan recorded six assists on the night.

On Sunday, Wexford topped Muskoka 6-2 in Scarborough and the Seaforth Generals beat the expansion Langton Royals 6-1 in Seaforth.

Kevin Shirmaly tallied two goals and an assist for the Raiders and McMillan added a goal plus a helper.

For Seaforth, Donald Kuptana scored twice, Owen Haiek registered a goal and two assists and netminder Raul Barbo turned aside 30 shots in goal.

Langton’s Colin Spence snapped the shutout midway through the third period.