On the mark, no cigar... Ottawa Junior Senators hammered Kemptville 73's on Friday night 6 - 0 as the 73's just couldn't initiate their game plan. "SuperFly Suzuki" had numerous chances, but never succeeded in beating Ottawa's "hot handed stopper" Bryan Landsberger.

by the sportsguy

Another road contest in Nepean after a previous loss, to battle the Raiders for the third time this season, proved to be a successful encounter. Kemptville drew first blood with man advantage when Susuki flipped it back to Patterson on point and Hunter Brazier (5) PPG pumped in the rebound past Tyler Lereault at 16:22. Kemptville outshot Nepean 13 to 7 with 73’s gaining 1 PP on two attempts and Raiders zip with one attempt.

Kemptville counted their second when McCabe caught Nepean flatfooted ahead to Lammi with Ryan Pawlikowski (6) in the slot to drive it home at 0:58. Nepean broke Riley McCabe’s SO when Tyson Tomasini with helpers from Shimizu and McQuade pumped one between the posts at 6:19. Raiders tied it at two into the back of the net as Jurqeneit found Josh Shimizu at 12:39. 73’s break the tie at 19:07 when Cotnam headmans to Whitaker through the neutral zone and Carter Vollett (6) makes it work to end the session.

Kemptville still controlling the shot count with 12 to 4 with 3 PP without results.

Hunter Blazier (6) flew through the opposition to hammer it in for the insurance goal at 4:41 to open the final twenty. With the extra attacker, Kemptville continued their onslaught as Dick caught Chase Lammi (5) with a quick pass to rifle it top shelf at 6:58. Two undisciplined plays gave Nepean man advantage and they made both count. Tomasini with Binnie to find Josh Shimizu (8) PPG for his second of afternoon up and over McCabe at 13:31. Then Josh Shimizu (9) PPG “hat trick” assisted from Tomasini and Winn to move them within one. Nepean pulled their stopper for the extra man, but 73’s cut them short to hold on for the 5 to 4 win. Kemptville took their foot off the gas and only managed 12 to 11 SOG and Nepean countered with their two PP opportunities.

Coaches comments to summarize the afternoon…”We played a strong game that could have been nine or ten score, if not for a brilliant display from Nepeans’ Tyler Lereault… everyone contributed and played solid… Cameron Cotnam played well for his first game… Chase Broda was like a “dog on a bone” the whole game… great weekend to record 4 of 4 possibilities… like our team with their work ethic during every game”.

Friday night home contest opened up with a puck drop by President Julie O’Brien alongside a colour party, Ron Andersen and Scott Mclaurin from RCL #212, to honour Remembrance Day. Unfortunately, Kemptville 73’s in front of hometown fans failed to show up as they were slammed 6 to zip by Ottawa Junior Senators.

Ron Andersen, 1st Vice President and Scott Mclaurin, Building & Maintenance Chair with President Julie O’Brien drops puck for 73’s Captain, Jared Patterson and Junior Senators Captain Owen Cole to open Friday night’s Remembrance Day Game.

Kemptville came out sluggish as Ottawa took advantage at 8:09 when 73’s “D” failure to clear their zone and non call after McCabe was taken out. David Berube with assist from Piche and Bush to pump it into the back of the net past Riley McCabe to put Junior Senators on the board. Ottawa out shot Kemptville by 16 to 11 and each team with two PP opportunities, without results.

Ottawa controlled the second as they counted four unanswered goals, as Kemptville allowed the Senators to free style without closing down the attack. Bailey Brant put it in as Mulhearn held the line after 73’s stopper was run over again to leave side open at 10:41. At 14:47 Mulhearn assisted Thomas Freel and slipped it between the posts before McCabe could slide across for SHG, after being run at the side of the net. Then when 73’s “D” bobbled the rubber in a clearing attempt as David Berube at 17:30 picked up his second, assisted by White and McIntosh into the mesh. McCabe failure to gain control of the loose puck and Max Bush rifled one into the vacant space at 19:53. Senators outgunned 73’s by 16 to 14 with Ottawa having 4 PP and Kemptville with 3, without counting.

Kemptville broke out of their cocoons as they rang some shots off the iron and started to manhandle the opposition in the final twenty, but with some more sin bin time. Ottawa with man advantage capitalized at 15:02 when Zachary Gravel’s lone effort to end it with a 6 to 0 SO for Bryan Landsberger.

Our boys were caught flat footed, without showing any jump to keep them in the game, and questionable officiating, as well running up against a hot stopper. We need to play a full 60 minutes with the afterburners engaged every shift, with hard hitting, smooth, quick transition from defensive to offense.

Your Kemptville 73’s appreciate the support they received during their “Pink the Rink game for Cancer” You helped raise $700 for research. Next home games in November: November 14 at 12:30 pm, School Day game when Brockville Braves will be in town. November 22 at 7:30 pm, Mountain of Toys against Rockland Nationals. November 29, Pembroke Lumber Kings in our barn. Mark these on your calendar and to do list.

Congratulations to our boys Gavin Wood, Hunter Brazier along with our Therapist Sarah Nichols. They have been placed on the roster for the Exhibition Game vs the Quebec Junior Hockey League in Terrebonne, QC. on Tuesday, November 5. All the players are on the radar to represent Team Canada East at the upcoming World Jr. “A” Challenge in Dawson Creek on December 5-15.

This week’s coaches “Digger Award” goes to Chase Broda for his consistent work ethic, focus and speed that he brings to the table.

Hockey with edge… a cut above the rest… show you care… see you there.

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