by the sportsguy
Kemptville 73’s on the road again to meet first place Carleton Place Canadians for a 3 pm Sunday matinee contest that was another dismal visit. Opening period was exciting end-to-end action, with Carleton Place striking first as David Gagnon, with helpers from Brunette and Patton, sliced one by Riley McCabe at 9:22. Canadians with man advantage with combination of McDermitt to Ryland Mosley on the doorstep for PPG to make it a 2 to zip period. Kemptville seemed to have dug a hole for themselves again, that they would be struggling to get out of in the next 40 minutes.
Second session, Kemptville coughed up the puck while on PP, with Toure controlling the play to Adenlye to set up a SHG for Canadian’s Brett Thorne at 8:59. 73’s faced a 3-goal deficit going into the last twenty miler.
Final twenty was an exciting back and forth effort by both clubs, as Kemptville finally broke Devon Levi’s SO, as Broda with Bond to Cole Dennison waiting in the slot at 4:26. 73’s pulled their stopper at 18:14 for extra man; that was unsuccessful, as McDermitt sprung Caleb Kean free for an EN at 18:55.
Carleton Place Canadians: SOG: 10-13-12 to Kemptville 73’s: 8-4-7, for a total of 35 to 19 for Carleton Place. Kemptville PP: 5 attempts without results, and with Carleton Place having 5 also with 1 goal.
Coach Peters assessment was all positive: “Overall a great game played by our boys. Compete level was high, focus was strong, but we got beat by a better and more mature team. Our team game is built on speed and in a small rink like Carleton Place it’s hard to find ice to make plays and manage pucks the way we need to. The amount of penalties to both sides prevented us in finding our rhythm and ability to roll our lines like we normally do. I was pleased with our performance and our no quit attitude right up until the final buzzer.”
On the road to battle the Brockville Braves for a Friday night excursion with another loss, as they went down 5-2. Brockville commanded the first after end-to-end furious action that ended with Parker Casey, with helpers from MacCormack and Stacey, past Riley McCabe at 19:07 to give the Braves the lead.
Combination of Patterson to Vitale to set up Madoka Suzuki in the slot to beat Jake Begley and even it up at 10:02. Braves countered from Josh Spratt, assisted by Paul with Wuth for the tie breaker at 13:15. Merrett with Dennison on to the tape of Chase Broda, top shelf for a tie again.
Brockville Braves dominated the last twenty, when Gillespie and Biniaris found Austin Paul for tie breaker at 4:07. Braves with go-ahead at 8:01, when Casey and MacCormack to Benjamin Dirven from the top of the circle. Kemptville pulled their stopper at 17:51 for extra man and Braves capitalized at 18:40 when Shanklin with Gillespie advanced Troy Bowditch for EN to stamp 5-2 victory.
Brockville Braves: SOG: 8-11-9 to Kemptville 73’s: 5-11-8, for a total of 28 to 24 for Brockville Braves. Each club received 4 unsuccessful PP.
Post game comments from the coach: “Special teams were definitely a factor as we did our job when down, but struggled to get set up in their zone when up. We need to execute better PP. Not an excuse, but we had two regular PP guys out Friday night and that had an effect on our second group. Overall, we played well, yet still trying to be more complex than we need to and it is costing us. We continue to grow, mature and learn.”
Diggers Award goes to Eric Vitale who played a good game on a skill line and was all around the net and achieved his first CCHL point.
Hawkesbury Hawks fly into Kemptville to battle the 73’s on Wednesday, February 19 at 7:00 pm, not usual time of 7:30, with two more home games on Friday, February 21 against Kanata Lasers at 7:30 pm, and Sunday, February 23 for 2 pm matinee to face Brockville Braves.
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