The Kemptville 73’s are in the drivers seat with 3-3 tie and the best of seven could wrap it up for the hometown fans Sunday night.
Matt Tugnutt picks up Hodgins clearing pass to drive hard through the middle to launch a quick wrist shot from above the circle to hand-cuff Standen at 4:26 un-assisted to open the first.
Hawkesbury tied it up in the second at 16:22, when they plugged up the shooting lane as Ginocarlo Fiori hammers into the screen, after Smith and Levesque directed it to their point. The Hawks pulled ahead, as the 73’s suffered a total defensive breakdown at 7:35, when Casey found Chris Smith sitting in the open for the go-ahead. 73’s special team from Tracy to Tugnutt on point, with nifty snapper from below the line, so Alex Row could re-direct for PK to even it up at 1:01 to end second.
Last twenty: with the Hawks on PP, attacker fails to keep it in, as Alex Row ran over his man to maintain the pressure, as the rubber bounced of his body and Standen came out to play and Row received a gift at 18:21 for SHG. Man advantage, with combination of Fiori and C. Smith, as Charles Levesque squeezes one off the glove of Hodgins, up to top corner at 16:28 for PPG to tie for OT.
In the OT, Adam Alavi steals the puck, cuts across the stopper to dump it up over Standen for 4-3 win and move on to the semis to face Carleton Place Canadians Friday night. SOG very close, with 73’s 43 and Hawks 42.
First game of the series, with Kemptville meeting Carleton Place on their home ice, could be a challenge.
The challenge was met with vim and vigour, as the first closed out scoreless, with both sides 15 SOG. Geoff Kite opened the second, with helpers from Merkley and Hill, at 19:44 to put Canadians on the board first. 73’s special team tied it up at 18:26, when York to Tugnutt to set up Jake Gaudet for a PPG. Then, at 15:25, when 73’s riding the slab, Theocharidis found William Cullen to beat Hodgins and move ahead by one.
Final twenty, the 73’s mounted an aggressive attack from Hunter, with Gaudet to Matt Tugnutt at 11:03, to tie and force OT. Bobby Dow, un-assisted, would work his magic in the OT at 6:30 to give Kemptville a 3-2 win.
Carleton Place out-shot Kemptville by a slim margin of 43 to 42, and total 16 PIM evened out.
Just a reminder, the 73’s are on the playoff trail, and they would love to see you come out to support them on their journey.
Come on out and experience “Hockey with Edge”…..support your community 73’s.