Hunter Brazier comes on strong...73's take home opener with 3 - 2 victory.

by the sportsguy

Kemptville 73’s closed out their back to back exhibition challenge with Brockville Braves on Sunday matinee in their barn. 73’s, looking for payback after the SOL suffered in Brockville on Saturday, reversed the outcome with a SOW and settled for a split for exhibition schedule.

Brockville came on strong to start the first when a broken play by Ingram to Reece Glover and past Tyler Laureault at 2:48. Howie combined with Cartwright to drive it towards the net and Hunter Brazier picked up the garbage around Will McEvoy for a tie at 18:23. Braves broke the tie from Owen Belisie with a helper from Rainey at 18:46.

Second scenerio saw Boucher find Luke Tchor at 15:58 for the insurance point for Brockville.

Final twenty Kemptville with PP came on when Howie set up Houle to Hunter Brazier for PPG and second marker of the afternoon to put them within one at 8:36. Haughian sprung Eastwood so Benjamin Campeau could redirect a rebound into the back of the net at 12:50 to force OT.
OT played out without a successful result to set up the dreaded shootout, which Hunter Brazier capitalized for his hat trick.

The whole contest was strewn with visits to the sin bin for both squads, with 73’s recording 31 minutes and Braves 39 minutes of minor and major infractions. Kemptville and Brockville managed 33 SOG..Braves 13-9-7-4…73’s 5-9-14-4.

Season home opener with Pembroke Lumber Kings on Friday, September 24 started with a special tribute to long time volunteers Bruce Riman and Howard Leach. First frame with a 73’s on PP had a brain freeze to clear the zone, floating past the puck to put the Lumber Kings on the board. Brady Egan pumped in the loose rubber past Tyler Laureault at 4:50 for a SHG.

Second stanza, Kemptville tied it at 7:01 when Krulicki combined with Eastwood to find Hunter Brazier gliding over the line to beat Dalton McBride. Hunter Brazier picked up his second of the night as Houle sprang Krulicki tape on tape to Hunter Brazier for the tie breaker at 9:24.

Final twenty saw Lynch flip it across to Johnny Howie on point to launch a missile top shelf at 1:56 for the 73’s insurance goal. Pembroke on a PP countered with a screened slapper from Jordan Fuller PPG at 8:26 to move them within one. Pembroke pulled their stopper at 18.24 with PP to give them a five on three advantage without results.

Kemptville outshot Pembroke 38 to 21 with 73’s having 5 PP without success and Lumber Kings 4 PP with a goal.

Kemptville was successful for their home opener and just need to engage their offensive PP special team to match its defensive PK unit.

Next home contest is with the Rockland Nationals on Friday, October 1 at 7:30 pm.


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