Pretty in Pink....Kemptville 73's honoured "Think Pink" cancer campaign by dressing in pink for last Sunday’s match against the Rockland Nationals.

by the sportsguy

Sunday night the Kemptville 73’s recognized “Think Pink” as they dressed in pink game sweaters, but fell to the Rockland Nationals 4-2 in a one-sided battle. First frame was fast and furious, with Jarrett Fiske keeping the 73’s in game until a defensive breakdown, when Aboumossa with Pruneau up the boards onto Simon Houle stick at 15:42 for the Nationals. Rockland outshot Kemptville by 14 to 6 and left the 73’s chasing the rubber most of the first.

Nationals were on attack when Cameron Last flipped the disc over the stopper after Houle and Aboumossa held the line at 7:46. Beaton combined with Fry, back to Cameron, McClean snapped from the half boards to beat Joseph Giacobba at 14:21 to put Kemptville within one. Rockland jumped out to a two-goal lead, as Matthew Vermaeten, with helpers from Matton and Robert, hammered it home at 16:11. Both squads managed 14 SOG to conclude a frustrating, controversial period.

Last twenty, the 73’s initiated a comeback at 17:36, pulling Fiske as Beaton blew by the opposition across to Ashton Fry to pull the trigger top side at 19:28. Nationals’ Last sprung Benjamin Pruneau up the wing to snap it high right side into the mesh at 19:41. Time ran out to award Rockland a 4 to 2 victory on this special day.

Kemptville 73’s motored into Kanata to be zapped by the Lasers by 7 -4 Thursday evening for first of three road contests.

Kanata on the board at 3:34, with Sleeth and Nocita finding Trevor Poeze to beat Jarrett Fiske to open first. Kemptville answered back with combination of Domitrovic, with Matthew Titus on the top side, to slam it past Gabriel Carriere at 10:24. Kemptville destroyed the tie when Jarrett Williams pulled his magic with his lone effort at 18:19 to shut down the first. Kanata recorded 16 SOG to Kemptville 11.

Kanata owned the second, with Kemptville marking time in the sin bin. At 10:25, Trevor Poeze, with helpers from Matthews and Nocita, to even it up. The line of Poeze and Sleeth to Luca Nocita for the go-ahead for Kanata Lasers at 10:47 to close out second with one goal lead. Laser’s pumped 17 SOG to 73’s 9.

Final twenty was a see saw battle, a penalty-free affair with end to end action, as Kemptville evened the score at 2:14, as Fry with Beaton set up a missile from Cameron McClean in the lane. The flood gates opened for Kanata when one-man effort from Graham Denomme started by finding open space at 2:22. Tremblay paired with Felix Tourigny to give Lasers the tie breaker at 13:05. Spencer Van Tiem drove in the insurance for Kanata at 14:30 to make it a 5-3 game. Kemptville tried to rebound back at 14:50, when Dennison back to McClean to rifle it at the stopper, and Jeff Taylor nailed his first goal of the season. Markhauser with Ludwig to Gunnar Smith to gun it home for another marker at 19:15 to give Kanata a 7-4 win.

Friday night in Hawkesbury to meet the soaring Hawks was another disappointment for the boys as they suffered another loss of 5-3.

Kemptville, with man advantage, opened the first, as Beaton on attack back to McClean on point, and then Ashton Fry dumped in the rebound past Matthew Petizian for a PPG at 10:40. Hawks responded with the tie at 11:30, when Cote connected with Lavallee to find Fletcher Anderson in the slot to drive it home past Jarrett Fiske. Hawks swooped in with man advantage as Matt Gasiuk marked PPG with helpers from Camp and Elia for go ahead at 16:10 to end initial period. Hawkesbury outshot Kemptville 14-10.

At 2:14 into the second, Elia teamed up with Lavallee to Yanic Crete for the Hawk’s insurance. Ashton Fry pulled a loner at 3:08 to move 73’s within one. Hawk’s Luke Grainger answered back at 6:10 to give them two goal advantage again, and end the second. Hawkesbury still outgunning Kemptvile 15-11. Patterson combined with Fiske to spring Matthew Titus to put 73’s within one at 3:24 of the third. Hawkesbury bounced back with Grainger teaming with Xavier Leveille at 10:21 to wrap the night up with 5-3 victory. Kemptville peppered Hawkesbury 25 SOG to 3.

Obviously, the 73’s ran into a hot stopper who faced 46 shots for the evening and kept his Hawks alive in the final twenty. Kemptville has the talent, just needs to find that passing gear to move them forward.

Next home game is Friday, November 2 for a 7:30 pm challenge against Carleton Place Canadians. Watch for the Kemptville 73’s season ticket launch.

Hockey with EDGE…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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