Smiths Falls Bears take win in overtime against Rockland Nationals
The Smiths Falls Bears celebrate Matthieu France’s second goal of the season on Friday, Feb. 2. – Laurie Weir/Metroland
Mitchell Larabie of the Smiths Falls Bears fights for the puck in second period action Friday, Feb. 2 against the Rockland Nationals. The Bears won this one in overtime, 4-3 in CCHL action. – Laurie Weir/Metroland
Bears Alex DiCarlo tries to get the puck behind the Nationals net on Friday, Feb. 2 at home as Smiths Falls defeated the visiting Rockland team, 4-3 in OT in CCHL action. – Laurie Weir/Metroland
Matthew Vermaeten of Rockland gets tangled up with Bears Matthieu Franche in second period action Friday, Feb. 2 as Smiths Falls defeated the Nationals in overtime, 4-3. – Laurie Weir/Metroland
The Smiths Falls Bears celebrate Matthieu France’s second goal of the season on Friday, Feb. 2 as they defeated the Rockland Nationals 4-3 in overtime in CCHL action. – Laurie Weir/Metroland
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Alex DiCarlo had two goals for the Smiths Falls Jr. A Bears Friday night, Feb. 2, at home, including the overtime shot that gave the club a 4-3 win in CCHL action against the Rockland Nationals.
The game was stopped just ahead of the second period when the fire alarm was triggered causing an evacuation. With Smiths Falls fire fighters on scene, onlookers said it was a “false alarm” and play resumed moments later.
It was a one-all deadlock after the fires period with Rockland scoring first as Alex Robert got past Bradley Dobson in the crease.
DiCarlo had his first of the night – and 17th of the season, when he scored on the power play at 17:41, assisted by Bruce Coltart and Mitchell Larabie.
Into the second, Smiths Falls got two up on the visitors with Matthieu Franche’s second goal of his Bears career, as he scored from Hunter Garlasco and Michael Larose.
Larose had one of his own at 12:49, his 16th of the season, as the Bears were up 3-1. Franche was helped out by DiCarlo on the shot.
Rockland added one more from Dallas Maurovic at 14:29, but the Bears still held a 3-2 lead heading into the final period.
It was Trevor Coykendall who tied the match at 4:09, forcing the overtime period.
DiCarlo didn’t take long to sink the winner, as he was assisted by Garlasco and Coltart just 21 seconds into the period for the 4-3 win. He picked up the game’s first star honours for his two goals and an assist in this game.
Franche picked up the nod for the game’s third star honours.
Dobson earned the win with 30 saves, while Sean Storr had the loss with 34 saves.
Smiths Falls 3 Navan 2
The Bears were on the road Sunday, Jan. 28 where they posted a 3-2 win over Navan.
Smiths Falls opened the scoring at 4:10 of the first period, assisted by Bruce Coltart and Nolan Seed.
Navan equalized the rally at 10:27 of the second period when he was able to get past Bradley Dobson, who earned the win with 13 saves.
Smiths Falls went ahead before the period ended with Adam Church’s goal, assisted by Coltart and Ryan Richardson.
In the final frame, the Bears scored at 1:29 with Mitchell Larabie getting help from Coltart and Alex DiCarlo on the power play with what turned out to be the game winner.
Navan responded at 10:10 with Coleton Cianci’s marker as the Bears went on to win this one, 3-2.
Game stars were Bruce Coltart (first) for Smiths Falls; Nicolas Chartrand (second) for Navan, and Mitchell Larabie, (third) for Smiths Falls.
Smiths Falls 4 Kanata 3
It was a 4-3 win for the Bears at home Friday, Jan. 26, as they played in front of a crowd of just over 300 people.
Kanata skated to a 3-0 lead at the end of the first period before Smiths Falls shot back to tie it up in the second.
It wasn’t until 12:18 of the third period that the Bears were able to score the winner as Coltart had the credit assisted by Ethan Coltart and DiCarlo on the power play.
Bruce Coltart, Marc Shannon and Mitchell Larabie (power play) had the team’s other goals, with assists coming from Church, Brett Humberstone and Kyle Dowdall.
Replying for Kanata were Dan McIntyre, Connor Sleeth and Ryan Bunka.
Kyle Renaud had the win for the Bears with 33 saves; Logan Bateman suffered the loss facing 27 shots on nets.
Game stars were Bruce Coltart (first) for the Bears with two goals; Ryan Bunka (second) for Kanata with a goal and two helpers; and Marc Shannon (third) for Smiths Falls with a goal.
Cornwall 4 Smiths Falls 3 (OT)
It was a battle to the finish line Thursday, Jan. 25, as the Cornwall Colts defeated the Bears 4-3 in overtime.
Cornwall’s Tommy Tanner was first to score at 6:49 of the opening period.
It was Brian Bygrave who replied for the Bears with help from Kris Lalonde and Matthew Briggs as the game was tied heading into the second period.
In the middle stanza, JD Pogue gave the Colts a 2-1 lwad with his marker at 1:51, followed by Josh Barnes goal at 5:28 as the home team held a 3-1 lead going into the final period.
But in the third it was all Smiths Falls as DiCarlo and Ethan Coltart on the power play scored to force the overtime period. Assists went to Ethan Coltart, Larabie, Hunter Garlasco and Michael Larose.
In the overtime period, and on the power play, Cornwall claimed the win with Pogue’s goal at the 2:08 mark for the 4-3 final.
Liam Lascelle picked up the win with 24 saves, while Renauld was hit with the loss.
Game stars were Pogue (first) for Cornwall with two goals and an assist; Barnes (second) for Cornwall with a goal and an assist; and Ethan Coltart (third) for Smiths Falls with a goal and an assist.
Nepean 4 Smiths Falls 2
At home on Tuesday, Jan. 23, the Bears were doubled by the Nepean Raiders, 4-2 in front of 180 fans.
After a scoreless first period, Smiths Falls got on the board to open the scoring at 9:05 of the second when Scott Gervais scored from Kris Lalonde and Hayden Hart.
Nepean evened the tally on the power play as Silas Mattawashish did the damage.
Into the third period, DiCarlo gave the Bears a few minutes with the lead as he scored from Larose and Ethan Coltart on the power play.
But it was Nepean with three back-to-back markers to take the lead and the win. Alexander Bourhas, Antoine Belisle and Bryson Michel (empty net) did the scoring.
Kyle Alaverdy had the win in nets with 25 saves, while Dobson took the loss with 32 saves.
Game stars were Antoine Belisle (first) for Nepean, with a goal; DiCarlo (second) for Smiths Falls with a goal, and Kyle Alaverdy (third) with the save for Nepean.