Preparation breeds success...Jason York and his team push their young troops to the max to keep them focussed on track.

by the sportsguy

Kemptville 73’s ventured to the other side of the valley on Sunday evening to meet the Pembroke Lumber Kings, the number one team in their division. The first period exhibited end to end action, with the only entries on the sheet being infractions to close it out scoreless.

Lumber Kings drew first blood at 7:11, when Brady Egan slipped it by Tyler Laureaut to open the second.

Last twenty, both squads played close to the vest during the final session, with 73’s grittiness and determination after pulling their stopper at 18:26 for extra attacker. Breaking through the zone, Krulicki combined with Howie to Patrick Larkin in the slot to slip it past Reece Proulx to force OT at 19:47. Pembroke survived a squeaker when Raphael Seguin, assisted by Jordan with Egan, to find the back of the net at 2:46 to give them a 2-1 win. Pembroke were outgunned by 32 to 27 and both teams having 8 PP without success.

Tuesday night into Hawkesbury proved to be a statement of fortitude, as your comeback kids were on point to steal a 3-2 victory in a SO. Hawks came out in flight as they struck first, with William Gendron PPG with helpers from Tan and Andrews by Tyler Laureault at 11:16. An insurance goal at 18:36 from Rylee Hiusiak, assisted by Spratt with Gendron, to put Hawkesbury in the driver’s seat with two zip advantage.

The second go around was a stand still without any markers, only sin bin visits.

Kemptville’s depth came alive, with Whyte and Brazier connecting to Brock Krulicki to spoil Max Donoso’s SO attempt at 11:00 of the third. Smooth transition from Beaudry on to Chase Lammi’s stick for a tie to force OT at 16:27. The OT would play out without results to move into the next phase of a SO. After the eighth sniper found the target to award Kemptville a hard fought win when Ty Whyte performed his magic.

Back to back battle with the Hawkesbury Hawks on Saturday evening will be a challenging contest, and then into Rockland to face the Nationals for a matinee.

If you have an extra bed, your 73’s are still in need of billets for their out of town roster.

See you at the next home game on Friday, November 26 at 7:30, when the Navan Grads will be in town.

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