by the sportsguy
73’s road engagement to face the Nepean Raiders was postponed on Sunday due to unclement weather.
Ottawa Junior Senators met a very determined group, and were handed a 2-1 loss, when they battled Kemptville 73’s in their barn on Friday evening. Ottawa struck first, when a softie found the back of the net behind William Anderson as he misjudged a weak shot from Ethan Mulhearn after Eftimovski controlled the line at just :51. Both squads played hard, focussed, aggressive end-to-end hockey, and Anderson shook off the squeaker to stand on his head to keep his boys in the game. Kemptville outshot Ottawa by 7-6, with one PP attempt.
73’s with man advantage after numerous opportunities, finally Jefferies passed it back to Wood to slam it at Bryan Landsberger, and Hunter Brazier PG rammed it between the pegs at 5:52 to open the second. Another PP, Wood combined with Brazier to find Jared Patterson PPG on the point to break the tie at 12:01. 73’s outgunned Junior Senators 11-9, capitalized on two PP, with Ottawa two unsuccessful attempts.
Final twenty remained scoreless as the event became very chippy and aggressive, with each club paired off with a dance partner to sit on the slab. Ottawa pulled Bryan Landsberger for extra attacker at 17:08 to tie and force OT, without results. Junior Senators turned the SOG with 10-9 and managed two PP’s without results.
Jason York stated: “It was a gutsy win, with the difference being an excellent power-play with a strong penalty kill, and Anderson was awesome”. Coaches Digger Award goes to Nicholas Domitrovic for his dedication to comeback after his injury and his leadership shown on and off the ice.
It was a fast, furious and exciting contest that could have gone either way without the tenacity and grit of our boys of winter. Both teams’ goalies put on a clinic for the full 60 minutes and the PPK showed their worth.
Kemptville 73′ s will host the Smiths Falls Bears on Thursday, January 30, at 7:30.
Hockey with edge… a cut above the rest… show you care… see you there.