By Dan Plouffe
Unexpected results prevailed at this past weekend’s Central Canada Jr. A Hockey League season-opening showcase event, with traditional favourites falling and teams facing underdog odds coming out on top.
Not many would have picked Hawkesbury to beat Pembroke and emerge with a 2-0 record, with the defending national champions sitting 0-2, but that’s the picture after each CCHL got two games in the books between Friday and Sunday.
And the Ottawa Jr. Senators weren’t at all affected by the resignation of their coach and general manger prior to the start of the regular season as they got out of the gates with a 2-0 record.
The Jr. Sens’ top line of Drew Anderson, Conor Brown and Devon Rice combined for 18 points in the two games against Smiths Falls and Carleton Place, while Ed Zdolshek posted a pair of solid victories in goal.
The Nepean Raiders couldn’t follow up their season-opening 8-2 rout of Smiths Falls, falling 6-4 to Carleton Place despite scoring the first two goals of the game.
Gloucester lost its second one-goal game of the weekend in a 3-2 defeat to Kemptville, while Cumberland fell to 1-1 with a 7-2 loss to Brockville and Kanata remained winless with losses to Cornwall and Hawkesbury.
Look for more CCHL this week on SportsOttawa.com.
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