It was a goaltending duel from start to finish as Zach Roy and A.J. Scala went save-for-save on Thursday morning.
One goal would prove to be enough as the Toronto Young Nationals edged the Cambridge Hawks 1-0 on an early first period goal from Ethan Keppen.
“We have a talented team that creates a lot of offence, but we just weren’t capitalizing on our chances this morning,” said Nats coach Tony Comparelli. “I was happy with our effort and our intensity. We just have to bury those chances.”
With a one-goal lead in the third, the Nationals smothered the Hawks, limiting them to just six shots in the final 20 minutes. They improve to 2-1 and are one of three Nash Division teams with four points in the standings.
“We’re banged up with some injuries here but the guys continue to work hard and get the job done,” Comparelli added. “We’re going to give Quinte our best shot tomorrow and try and finish the round robin strong.”
Cambridge falls to 0-3 in the loss. They’ll look for their first win on Friday against the Mississauga Rebels.
PLAYER OF THE GAME:
Nationals: Zach Roy (22 SV)
Hawks: A.J. Scala (24 SV)