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Favourites Emerging in Second Half of CCHL Season

By Sam Laskaris on January 27, 2017

Smiths Falls Bears forward Cole Busschaert is among those hoping to lead the CCHL in goal scoring this season. (Robert Lefebvre/IceLevel)

Goal Scoring Leaders
It’s unlikely offensive stars Cole Busschaert or Xavier Couture will end up winning the Central Canada Hockey League scoring race this season.

But Busschaert, a member of the Smiths Falls Bears, or Couture, who is toiling for the Cumberland Grads, could end up leading the league in goals.

As of mid-January, both were tied for the CCHL lead with 24 goals apiece.

Busschaert, who turned 21 on Jan. 16, is in his third season with the Bears. He had also earned 27 assists through 42 matches and with his 51 points he was in seventh spot in the CCHL scoring race.

Couture, also 21, is in his first season with the Cumberland squad. He had spent the past three years with the Saint-Laurent Patriotes, a Montreal-based CEGEP club.

Couture had also chipped in with 24 assists in his first 44 matches with the Grads. With his 48 points, he was 10th in the league scoring race.

Colts An Offensive Threat 
Even Shorthanded

The Cornwall Colts have been one of the CCHL’s top scoring teams this season.

And one of the reasons is because the Colts are even a threat to score while they are shorthanded.

Cornwall had netted a league-high 11 shorthanded markers through its first 42 matches.

The Colts had scored a total of 160 goals thus far, an average of 3.8 goals per match.

Only the three-time defending league champion Carleton Place Canadians had scored more. The Canadians had racked up 184 goals in their first 43 contests.

Carleton Place was second in the league in the shorthanded goals category with 10.

Colts sophomore forward Brennan Markell was leading his team with three shorthanded tallies.

Three other Cornwall players – captain Grant Cooper, Tristan Conrad and Dean Derouchie – had a pair of shorthanded goals each.

And forwards Nick Lalonde and Tanner Spink had also scored for the Colts while they were a man short.

Kyte Starring For Lumber Kings
Patrick Kyte is not the biggest kid around.

But the 17-year-old diminutive blueliner has put up some big points for the Pembroke Lumber Kings.

Kyte, who is listed at 5-foot-9 and 168 pounds, had collected 34 points, including nine goals, in his first 41 matches this season.

Kyte, who is in his second season with the Lumber Kings, was in third place in scoring among all CCHL defencemen.

He’s also secured an NCAA Division 1 scholarship. He’s agreed to join the Michigan-based Lake Superior State Lakers, starting with the 2018-19 season.

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By Sam Laskaris| January 27, 2017
Categories:  Junior

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