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by the sportsguy

Sunday matinee excursion with the Raiders in Nepean was a back and forth contest until Kemptville handed the game over with soft penalties to turn into a chase for the 7-5 win. Kemptville struck first at 7:12, when Merrett caught Matthew O’ Doherty flying up the wing to rifle one by Connor Shibley. Coleman on the move with Krulicki to find Ryan Cartwright in the slot to punch it in, to close the first with 2 zip for the 73’s.

Raiders bounced back in the second with Zachary Lefebvre PPG from Rivard to spoil Tyler Laureault SO attempt at 1:52. Then to even it up at 11:32 as Bennett’s stretch pass to Jeff Taylor breaking behind the “D” of 73’s. Tie breaker for Kemptville with man advantage when Merrett controlled the line across to Beaudry, to Hunter Brazier cocked and loaded for PPG at 15:52. Nepean reacted at 16:57 with a helper from Bennett to sping Zachary Lefebvre for a tie. Kemptville closed out the period when Mathew York counted a PPG from Krulicki and Howie cycling low at 17:48 to put them within one.

Merrett up the wall to Lammi with Hunter Brazier in toe to put it in the back of the net at 4:41 for the tie. Lammi on the move with Patrick Larkin walking into the slot to rifle it between the pegs for the tie breaker at 8:12. Kemptville picked up some soft penalties to hand the game back to the Raiders, as they evened it when Bennett connected with Zachary Lefebvre PPG at 16:32. Kemptville had to sustain a four minute sin bin visit and Nepean pulled their stopper at 18:37. Jeff Taylor PPG took advantage with helpers from Lefebvre and Touliopoulos to break the tie for Nepean at 19:08. 73’s bounced back at
19:50 when Merrett’s tenacity caught Chase Lammi ENG free to bang it home for the win.

This contest turned into a shooting gallery with 86 SOG, with Kemptville offering their opponents 9 PP attempts.

Smiths Falls Bears meeting for Tuesday evening was cancelled due to scheduling issues.
Renfrew Wolves’ visit to the 73’s barn for Friday night was postponed because of COVID protocol.

Please stay tuned as we are not sure what the new CJHL schedule will be.



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