Jr. Canadians Sweep First-Round of the Barkley Cup Playoffs

Wednesday, February 28, 2024, 11:03 am

In a spirited, Tuesday night matchup the Char-Lan Rebels made their way to the Earl
Armstrong Arena looking to force a game four back on home ice against the Ottawa Jr.
Canadians. The Rebels just weren’t ready for the Jr. Canadians’ onslaught as they
dropped this game, 8-1, and the series, 3-0.

Char-Lan’s hopes were dampened in the first 31 seconds as Loui Alfredsson (1G)
scored to make it 1-0 by potting his rebound. About halfway through a hard pressuring
first, by the Jr. Canadians that outshot their visitors 16-4, Mateo Mongeon (1G) bounced
on the missed played puck by Maxime Mayer slamming it into the open cage for a 2-0
lead at the end of one.

The second period was a lot of neutral zone play while the Jr. Canadians controlled and
outshot, 17-6, play. It wasn’t until late that Tyler Smith (1G 1A) made it 3-0, and 55
seconds later it was Daniel Kyte making it 4-0 heading into the final frame.

Ottawa was 20 minutes away from sweeping Char-Lan and all they had to do was not
give up four goals and they did the exact opposite, they scored four goals in the third
period. Logan McLeod (1G 1A) buried one just 20 seconds into the third frame, Nicholas
Bell (1G) made it 6-0, six minutes in, Reid Greer (1G) scored just under nine minutes in
to make it 7-0, and finally, it was Coen Quinn (1G 1A) who made it 8-0. The total shots in the
game were 51-18 in favor of Ottawa.

Other Jr. Canadians to hit the scoresheet were Justin Flamini (1A), Joshua Weekes
(1A), Evan Potter (1A), Matthew Nolet (2A), Jack Chiarello (1A), Luke Going (1A), and
Conor Contois (1A). Ottawa had all but three players score at least one point in the last
three games, and two of them were goalies.

In the crease, Noah Paddock got the nod once again. He stopped 17 of 18 shots and
carried a shutout until 1:21 left in the third period. He couldn’t get the donut but he got
the win and helped Ottawa sweep the series and move on to the second round.

Char-Lan’s Nolan MacMillan took home the third star of the night, Daniel Kyte was the
second star, and Captain Liam Kelleher (2A), swept the first round first stars.

Up next, the Jr. Canadians head to Casselman to start the second round of the Barkley
Cup Playoffs on Sunday, March 3rd, 2024. Casselman had a first-round bye and Ottawa
looks to extend their first-round


OJC Media | Kaghlen Roberts

Photo & Graphic | Tyler Cyr