by the posrtsguy
73’s were on the road to battle the Grads in Navan for a matinee. Kemptville opened the first as Merrett caught Jefferies through the neutral zone and Hunter Brazier beat Alex Aslanidis at 8:01. Second goal came as Brazier combined with Luke Jefferies when he went top shelf to give 73’s a two point lead. Kemptville outshot Navan by 13 to 10 with Grads one unsuccessful PP.
Kemptville struck at 3:43, when Taylor with Pawlikowski, back to the point so Jared Patterson hammered it between the posts. Navan answered back with Wil Murray, with helpers from Butler and Goldie, finding the back of net to spoil William Anderson’s SO at 7:38. 73’s maintained the SOG by 17 to 13 with both clubs one PP without results.
Last twenty, Kemptville took their foot off the gas and allowed Navan to drag the speed down to put them on the rebound. Ryan Park scored his first of the third after Pavey cycled low at :47. Second came when Arcan, with Orpana, combined to Ryan Park who sent it home at 13:37 to tie it up and force OT. Kemptville only one SOG, 12 to 11 with Navan unsuccessful PP.
Kemptville found themselves in the sin-bin at 2:24 in the middle of OT, and Devyn Orpana, assisted by Arcan with Francis, to give Navan a 4-3 win. Kemptville had to settle for a one pointer in the standings.
Summation from Head Coach Peters: “We were playing well for the first two periods, up 3-1 at intermission, and came out flat for the third with a goal against within first minute. From there, we got away from our game and overall approach to being successful. With three or four key mental mistakes that cost us opportunities and ultimately allowed Navan to get back in the game. Infraction called in OT was a weak call, putting us down 4 men to 3, but we lost control of the game at the beginning of the 3rd, and not OT. We have to be committed to playing the right way for 60+ minutes and we failed to do that today”.
Kanata Lasers were in town for a Friday evening battle that the Kemptville 73’s failed to show up for at game time, as they were hammered 6 to 1.
73’s came on strong in the initial period, as they spent most of it in Lasers’ end, without results. Luca Nocita, assisted by Larabie, to drive it in open side to beat Riley McCabe at 10:03 and put Kanata on the board. Lasers counted again when 73’s defender crumpled to the ice after blocking a heavy shot and Matthews found Dylan McMahon at 13:57. Kanata outshot Kemptville 8-6 with one unsuccessful PP.
Patterson combined with Taylor, back to Cole Dennison from above the circle to launch it top shelf by Vincent Bujold-Roux at 1:24 to spoil his SO. Then, at 1:52, Derek St. Jean countered with helpers from Conley and McMahon to make it a 3-1 romp for the Lazers. Ex-73’s, Yancy Whitaker, found the back of the net with assist from Johnson and Derraugh at 15:30. 73’s outgunned Lasers 14-12, with two PP attempts and Kanata one attempt to close out the second.
Last twenty, Kemptville finally started getting physical, but couldn’t find their mark, as the bouncing rubber remained elusive for the 73’s as the time clicked down. Kanata continued their onslaught, when Paul Larabie with assists from Bolduc and Larsen at 5:57. Charlie Johnson, with helpers from Whitaker and Larsen at 9:48, to give Kanata a 6-1 victory. Lasers controlled SOG with 11-8 without PP, and Kemptville couldn’t capitalize on one attempt.
Some of our key players were afflicted with a bug and had to be part of the audience. 73’s had a brain freeze and had to play catch up for 60 minutes, but they could not manage to turn things around.
Coaches Digger Award goes to Cole Dennison for his continuous contribution on and off the ice every week.
Kemptville 73′ s will host the Smiths Falls Bears on Thursday, January 30 at 7:30.
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