Too many bodies, plus staunch stopper…Tyler Melvin combination with Benjamin Campeau and Khaden Henry for the 73’s just could not penetrate the wall in front of their stopper to find the back of the net during Thursday evening

by  the sportsguy

Smiths Falls Bears were in Kemptville for a Thursday evening to determine who will break their previous tie with one game apiece, and the Bears dominated with a 3 – 1 victory.

The initial frame was a chippy, bouncy affair with each team trying to tame a bouncing rubber to find their target. Smiths Falls capitalized with a PPG from Conor Ronayne assisted by Gangl and Barrett to loft it through Alex Musielak at 19:16.

Second stanza opened with a quick marker when Faucher and James stretched one out to Jesse Lumsden heading down main street to flip it under the iron for the Bears winning goal at 1:25. O’Doherty combined with Vollett to find Ty White on the doorstep to redirect past Will McEvoy to put Kemptville on the board at 13:55.

Final twenty Smiths Falls launched an insurance goal from Alec Hamady with helpers from Brown and Parker at 16:24.

Smiths Falls game plan to slow down their opponents pace and get pucks to the net worked as they mounted a win. The Bears outgunned the 73’s 49 to 31 with1/4 PP and their opposition 0/5.

Hawkesbury Hawks swooped into Kemptville barn for a Sunday matinee, and the 73’s were ready as they clipped their wings with a comeback win of 6 – 5 in OT. Ty Whyte show was on display as he posted a hat trick, including the OT winner.

Dekon Randall-Snow dressed as the starter for Hawkesbury and then was replaced at 1:51 with Dimitri Pelekos. Hawkesbury drew first blood at 2:19 when Spencer Gallant with helpers by Brennan and Besner put it behind Alex Musielak. Kemptville knotted it at 4:04 with the combination of Campeau to Henry into the tape of Tyler Melvin and slammed it home behind Dimitri Pelekos. Hawkesbury Nathan Gagne assisted from Caulfield and Brownlee for the tie breaker at 16:51 to close out the first. Man advantage for the Hawks when Jakson Kirk PPG assisted by Dorion with Fournier at 1:14 to open the second. Another undisciplined infraction by the 73’s gave Nathan Gagne PPG with helpers from Stubbings and Leithman for his second of the game at 13:52. Kemptville moved within two as Melvin back to the line for Thomas to Ty Whyte in the slot to pull the trigger at 15:06.

Jakson Kirk PPG recorded his second with help from Stubbings and Sauve when the Hawks were on their third extra man attack at 1:23.  Kemptville pushed back with Melvin pass n’ go reverse to Thomas and Ty Whyte buried it at 15:06 to end the frame.

Jakson Kirk with assists from Stubbings and Sauve for his second marker to put Hawkesbury ahead by three. With man extra, Yakubowski teamed with Coleman Bennett PPG in the rocking chair to ignite Kemptville rebound at 4:04. Yakubowski sent it up the wall onto Vollett’s stick, over to Ty Whyte in the lane at 6:21 for his second. Campeau with Yakubowski so Tyler Melvin could count his second and force OT with 5 to 5 recovery at 9:50.

OT was over in the blink of an eye as Melvin made magic to give Ty Whyte his hat trick at :56 and awarded a 6 – 5 well deserved victory.

Kemptville overwhelmed Hawkesbury by 55 to 33 SOG with 1/5 PP and the Hawks having 3/4. The 73’s need to find a way to take advantage of their stagnant special team’s PP.

Kemptville will be rolling into Pembroke to face the Lumber Kings on Wednesday, February 8 for their fifth meeting of the season. 

See you around the wall…hockey with EDGE.


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