Frustration in own end...most of Friday night’s battle was chase and catch, as 73's slammed 8 to 1 by Canadians

by the sportsguy

After the Kemptville 73’s were caught in a two-game road slump, they rolled into Navan to face the Grads for a 3 pm Sunday afternoon contest. Kemptville struck first when Kiefer, from the point over to Jesse Dick on the doorstep, to hoist it past Seth Carter at 9:16 with only marker for initial frame. Kemptville outshot Navan by 16 to 12.

Grads, with man advantage, beat Nick Bond when Hoffman combined with Fabbro to Will Murray PPG from the slot at 19:31 into the second. 73’s and Grads tied with 13 SOG.
Final twenty, with excellent opportunities for both clubs, with end to end action but their stoppers keeping the teams honest. Kemptville 73’s Dick combination with Nicholas, Domitrovic rifled it in for tie breaker at 16:47. Navan pulled Carter for extra man on the attack without results, to give Kemptville a 2‑1 win and break a three-game losing streak. Kemptville SOG 11 to 9.

Great to see Nick Bond behind the pipes for the Kemptville 73’s. Kemptville had 6 PP opportunities without results, as Navan with 5 attempts and one PPG.

After a devastating loss to the Raiders Thursday night, the Carleton Place Canadians motored into Kemptville 73’s barn with angry resentment for Friday night’s battle. Unfortunately, it was all one sided for the Canadians, as they swept the 73’s 8 to 1 and peppered 42 shots at both Jarrett Fiske and Nick Bond in a very controversial contest.
Kemptville opened the first with combination of Fry with Jacob Thousand to launch one skyward over Connor Murphy for his 11th goal at 3:30 and that would be all that the 73’s could muster up for rest of the evening. Defensive breakdown allowed Carleton Place to even it up at 7:12 from Mosley and B Tupker to Cameron Patton on Jarrett Fiske doorstep. A vicious deliberate knee on knee from Canadians to knock‑out a key defensive threat, with only two PIM accessed, broke the 73’s momentum as they played catch and chase the rest of first. Resse Bolton, assisted by Gagnon and Patton, at 14:24 to give Canadians go ahead. Ben Tupker, with helpers from Z Tupker and Townsend, with questionable (off‑side) SHG for Carleton Place insurance at 17:09 to close period.

Carleton Place out shot Kemptville 15 to 7 and spent more time in opposition end.

Second session belonged to Carleton Place, as they mounted four unanswered points and controlled the ice surface, forcing Kemptville to play their game in 73’s zone. Fiske caught wandering and wondering where is defense, whereas Peyton Francis lifted it in open space at 1:52 to chase Fiske. Man advantage for Canadians as Mosley with Enebak for Cade Townend PPG at 8:04 past Nick Bond. Back to back PP at 9:08, when Thorne and Patton found Elliott McDermott in the lane. Final goal came at 9:51 as Keenan Reynolds punched it home, with assists from Enebak and Sterrett, to put Bond on the run, to be replaced by Jarrett Fiske, Kemptville hammered with 15 shots to their 7, to give Carleton Place 7‑1 lead going into the third.

Carleton Place got on the board at 10:29, when Ben Tupker scored his second of the night from Z Tupker and Mosley to end the bleeding for the 73’s with 8 to 1 lose in front of home fans.

Every team has stinkers, and this was one of them; but the 73’s have the talent, they just need to be more aggressive before their opposition enters their zone, work the boards, dominate the draws, ignore controversial officials….and we have our share. Follow through your checks, develop your transition flow, work on ice communication, get back to your game, move the back and skate as a team; don’t get caught flat‑footed. These are comments from some of your staunch fans that recognize your abilities and desires.

Next home game, your 73’s host Pembroke Lumber Kings Friday, November 9 at 7:30. Watch for the Kemptville 73’s season ticket launch.

Hockey with EDGE…”Let’s Get After IT”, excellent, economical, entertainment…support your 73’s.

See you at the game, and please feel free to express some of your thoughts about your concerns and experiences.


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