Jubilation....Matthew O'Doherty, Ryan Rutley celebrate with the pride of the evening Grady Logue during Friday win over Hawkesbury Hawks. Photo by Icelevel

by G.J. the sportsguy

Long winding road into Hawkesbury to roost in the Hawks Nest for a Friday contest that proved favourable to hold on to a 1 to 0 win and post Dax Easter first SO. Hawkesbury opened the first aggressively occupying their opponents end with tripling the SOG. The twenty closed without results as each squad waiting to pounce on they other miscues to break the ice.

Kemptville came alive in the second with a PP when O’Doherty cycled below the goal line up to Trottier coming off the wall through the middle to drive one at Dimitri Pelekos. Grady Logue PPG eye-hand coordination hit a home run after the rubber repelled off the stopper’s shoulder at 3:20 for the game winner. The Hawks pulled their goalie for extra attacker at 19:58 without success to wrap up the stanza.

The third belonged to Hawkesbury, as they doubled up on shots and came on strong, wanting to put one by Dax Easter for tie. The Hawks relieved their stopper at 18:56, and at one point had a two man advantage that couldn’t be capitalized on. Hawkesbury outgunned Kemptville 39 to 26.

Coaches final comments: “Hawkesbury came out with a very strong first period in which we were able to weather the storm as we started moving our feet in the offensive zone and getting pucks to the net in the second. Overall we did a decent job of keeping them to the outside and Dax was good for us cleaning up any rebounds”.

Back-to-back battles on Saturday evening as the 73’s rolled into the capital to meet the Ottawa Junior Senators, unsuccessfully, as they suffered a 2 to 1 loss. Kemptville drew first blood in the initial frame with man advantage when a combination from O’Doherty with Rutley found Emile Trottier PPG in slot to bury it behind Connor Shipley at 5:27.

Ottawa would would kick it up in the second as Ben Albright, with helpers from Bellfoy and Viau, beat Jacob Biron at 6:03.

Game winner for the Junior Senators at 5:25 for Justin Murdoch, with assists from Viau and Moline for tie breaker. Kemptville pulled Jacob for extra man at 19:13 pushing to put it through the blue paint without results.

Kemptville on board with 30 SOG to Ottawa 26 with 1/7 PP and 0/2 PP.

Next home game with the Cornwall Colts on Friday evening, and back on the road up the valley to challenge the Renfrew Wolves on Saturday evening.

Hockey with EDGE!!!

See you around the boards.


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