The Kanata Stallions opened the season with a win, defeating the Hawkesbury Hawks 4-2 at the Bell Sensplex on Aug. 31.
The Stallions’offence ignited in the second period, with Kanata scoring three goals - two within the first minute.
The Stallions lost their next two games at the Sensplex, with a 2-1 defeat against the Cornwall Colts on Sunday, Sept. 1, and a 5-3 loss to the Kemptville 73’s on Sept. 2.
Kanata played its first three games of the season at the Kanata arena during the Central Canada Hockey League’s (CCHL) annual Fall Showcase, held on Aug. 30 to Sept. 2.
All 12 teams played three egular-season games to kick off the 2013-14 season at the Sensplex during the Labour Day weekend.
Scouts and recruiters from teams in the National Collegiate Athletic Association and Canadian universities lined the stands to evaluate players during the 18 games.
“It’s very important as everyone can come together in a single venue and get to evaluate our players,” said CCHL commissioner Kevin Abrams in a press release. “Many will get on the radar of NHL, NCAA, (Canadian Interuniversity Sport) and major junior programs.”
The Central Canada Hockey League will host a Hockey Day in Canada in Carleton Place on Feb. 8, 2014, with all teams playing one game.
STALLIONS TAME HAWKS
In the game against Hawkesbury, the Stallions went into the second period trailing by a goal, scored on the power play by Carl Faucher.
But Kanata stormed out of the gate during the opening minute of the second period with Derian Plouffe scoring at the 18 second mark, assisted by Nic LaBurn.
Half-a-minute later, Devin Fullum put the Stallions ahead by a goal, with assists from Jason Brochu and Alex Stothart.
Trent Yule padded the Stallions lead, scoring on the power play, assisted by Plouffe and Braedan Moffatt.
Plouffe added a second marker, scoring with a man advantage in the third period, with assists from Doug Harvey and Kris Myllari.
A few minutes later, Hawkesbury also scored on the power play, with a goal from David Higgs, assisted by Trent Durocher and Faucher.
But it was too little, to late, and the when the final buzzer sounded, the Stallions emerged with the victory.