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Saturday, Jun. 23, 2018
Rockhounds get rolling in Peterborough and Toronto
by Randy Pascal

A run to the semi-finals provided a nice start to the tournament season for the Sudbury Bantam Rockhounds, as all four local rep lacrosse teams hit the road last weekend to put themselves to the test in Southern Ontario events.

The Sudbury Bantams got rolling quickly in Peterborough, quadrupling the Kingston Krossfire 8-2 in a contest in which Rockhounds' goaltender Cloé Douillette faced more than sixty shots. The offense was powered by two goal efforts from Sebastien Chartrand, Kurtis Watson and Parker Farstad, with Max Dumais and Ethan Teeter capping things off.

Watson maintained a hot hand into game two, burying a hat-trick as Sudbury out-jousted the Nepean Knights 7-1. Zak Thompson and Gianluca Ongaro chipped in with two goals apiece to complete the Rockhounds' scoring parade.

Still no slowing down in game three, as the northern crew overpowered the Clarington Gaels 10-2, with Watson and Aidan Teeter showing the way with three goals apiece. Nolan Marion (2), Chartrand and Ethan Teeter also joined in the fun, finding the back of the net for Sudbury head coach Ben Douillette.

The Rockhounds looked equally as dominant through their Saturday evening quarter-final encounter, grounding the Gloucester Griffins 7-1 behind a three goal performance from Marion. Dumais, with a pair, Chartrand and Thompson rounded out the attack for the winners.

Unfortunately, the bantams might have wanted to "bank" a few of their goals along the way, as the team dropped a 3-1 decision to the Kawartha Lakes Fury in their Sunday morning semi-final. Sebastien Chartrand accounted for the only Sudbury goal, with Parker Farstad picking up the helper on the play.

The Sudbury Peewee Rockhounds duplicated the performance of the Bantams, making it to within one game of the finals before being eliminated. The locals posted a 2-1 record in pool play, knocking off the Northumberland Nemesis (7-1) and Gloucester Griffins (9-2), but suffering a 6-5 setback at the hands of the Cornwall Celtics.

The Peewees remained alive late Saturday thanks to a 5-4 victory over the host Peterborough Lakers, but were sent packing by the Nepean Knights, edged out by a final score of 5-4.

Also taking part in the Lakers Classic, the Sudbury Novice Rockhounds came out flying, thumping the Kingston Krossfire 15-3, battling Nepean to a 4-4 draw, and falling 7-2 to Peterborough. Their 1-1-1 mark slotted the loals opposite the Uxbridge Enforcers in the quarter-finals, with Sudbury losing the contest 9-5.

Finally, despite having access to only nine runners and a goalie, the Sudbury Intermediate Rockhounds did not look the least bit overmatched at the Toronto Beaches Hogtown Tournament, finishing with a round robin record of 1-1-1.

The Hounds spotted the Peterborough Lakers a 3-0 lead in their opening game, roaring back to register a 5-3 win, as Mitchell Mousseau, Riley Furlong, Eric D'Angelo, Nick Marion and Bo Peltier all found the mark for Sudbury.

The lack of bench depth caught up to the locals late in game two, as the Markham Thunder scored the game-winning goal with just over three minutes to play, squeezing past the Rockhounds 6-5.

Marion and D'Angelo drilled home two goals apiece in a losing cause, with David Withers getting the other marker. Again, a little misfortune late would cost the Rockhounds a berth in the playoff round, as the Clarington Gaels scored with just 27 seconds to play, earning a 5-5 tie with Sudbury.

Mousseau paced the attack with a three-goal effort, with Peltier and Marion adding one each. Pleased with his team's effort right across the board, head coach Mike Marion notably commended Sudbury goaltender Evan Peltier for his work between the pipes in all three matches.

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