Comeback attempt....after Dylan Bond fed Yancy Whitaker to slam it at the net as Carter Vollett redirected over Jake Smith to make it 2 to zip in a losing effort during "Pink the Rink" Cancer game. Smiths Falls posted a 4 to 2 victory Wednesday evening benefit event.

by the sportsguy

The second place Kanata Lasers in the Robinson Division were in Kemptville 73’s home barn to face them for Sunday’s afternoon contest, only to be greeted with yet another colour blinded lopsided loss of 7 to 5.

Kemptville opened the first at 0:43 as Taylor combined with Declan House (1) blew it by Jean-Phillippe Tourigny to notch his first of the season and draw first blood. After a Kemptville infraction, Lasers Nocita with Larabie found Trevor Poeze in the slot to punch one by William Anderson to tie it at 3:12 for PPG. Dennison over to Broda, back to Gavin Wood (5) to hammer one top shelf to break the tie at 11:18. Kemptville pounded 13 SOG to Kanata 4 SOG with both clubs 1 PP and Lasers counting one. Kanata played aggressive after every whistle, without attention from the officials. Kemptville needed to keep the pedal to the metal and avoid retaliation to put them on the slab.

Kemptville “D” failed to move Kanata attacker to outside as Poeze flipped to Markhauser behind the line to Luca Nocita on the doorstep to even it to open second at 0:39. Man advantage for Kanata the same play as previous with Poeze and Markhauser to Ryan Park PPG in the slot at 8:02 for tie of 2 even. Laser’s Luca Nocita recorded his second of the game with set play from Poeze with Larabie for the insurance at 12:49. Brazier with Dick back to “Super Fly” Makoda Suzuki (7) trailing through the middle to rifle it between the posts at 15:32 to move Kemptville within 1. Larsen caught Derek St. Louis when 73’s flatfooted didn’t clear from own zone and he flipped the rubber over stopper’s shoulder at 16:45. Kemptville answered back as Pawlikowski, gliding over the line to Jefferies, back to Evan Mitchell (2) pinching in to launch a missile from point at 17:55. SOG was in favour of 73’s by 12 to 11 with 2 PP without results and Lasers 3 PP with 1 goal. Missed calls or suspect calls created a one-sided affair and put William Anderson out with an aggressive head butt to close the second stanza.

Final twenty was met with #10 dive as Kemptville received 4 PIM in the sinbin and Kanata capitalized on a missed call at 12:20 as Riley McCabe was hand-cuffed when Larsen and St. Jean set up Julian Recine in the rocking chair. Kemptville pulled McCabe at 18:04 for extra attacker and at 18:42, Suzuki wheeling over the neutral zone, back to Wood as Chase Lammi (4) dumped one into the mesh. Kanata put one into the empty net when Derek St. Jean gained control at 19:15 to give Kanata Lasers 7 – 5 win.

“Pink the Rink” game for the Canadian Cancer Society on Wednesday night, Kemptville 73’s hosted the Smiths Falls Bears which included a donation box, 50/50 draw and a silent auction for a pair of tickets for Ottawa Senators home game against Boston Bruins, donated by Urbandale.

The opening period was fast and furious end to end action with Smiths Falls gaining a man advantage from the draw at 0:04 as the Kemptville PK stymied the PP attempt. Taylor to Lammi in the slot and Hunter Brazier (4) loaded up to beat Jake Smith blocker side top shelf at 17:29. 73’s out-shot the Bears by 11 to 9, with each having a PP effort without results. Both clubs exhibited extremely sloppy plays, but Kemptville, followed through with their hits, controlled the face-offs and half boards to keep them alive.

Second stanza Kemptville cleaned up their act and went into offence mode as a pass and go from Bond tape on tape to Whittaker to bang it at the net so Carter Vollett (5) could tip the rubber past the posts at 2:43. With a two point lead, the 73’s took their foot off the gas and went into a no-zone format. Smiths Falls capitalized when the “D” failed to move the puck with PP from Kemptville end and McLean set up Stuart Martin (SHG) to slam one by Riley McCabe to spoil his SO at 18:22. This was the comeback push from Smiths Falls to introduce what was yet to come. Both teams evened the SOG with 12 each, and two unsuccessful PP closing out the period with 73’s ahead by 2 to 1.

Final twenty miles were owned by the Smiths Falls Bears when Kemptville 73’s wheels fell off their wagon as Larivere found Tate Leeson at 2:03 for a tie. Continuous miscues cost the 73’s as Ryan Richardson with helpers from Cothard and Simard give the Bears the go ahead at 15:09. Kemptville pulled Riley McCabe at 18:42 and Brendan Dempsey pumped it into open space for EN after assist from Simard with Lewis at 19:17 to stop the bleeding with 4 to 2 win. Kemptville doubled up on Smiths Falls with 11 to 5 SOG with Bears with 2 PP attempts. But even though 73’s had 3 PP attempts, Jake Smith shut-down abundant attacks to keep the standard afloat with yet another loss during a “Pink the Rink” battle.

The boys on a road trip to Hawkesbury to face the Hawks on Friday night needed to show their resilience after a tough loss on home ice on Wednesday night. 73’s were pumped and ready as they clipped the Hawks’ wings for 2 to 1 victory.

First twenty remained scoreless as each team played hard, waiting for opportunity to take advantage of each other’s mistakes. Hawkesbury with 10 SOG to Kemptville 8 and each with 2 unsuccessful PP.

Hawkesbury opened the second at 1:13 when Jeremie Payant with helpers from Quesnel and Camp rifled it by Riley McCabe. Kemptville answered back at 8:08 with man advantage from Talor to Makoda Suzuki (8) PPG past Mathieu Chenier to even the odds to end the period. Kemptville turned it on with 15 SOG to 12, with 2 PP each and 73’s counting for one.

Final twenty turned nasty with numerous infractions for both squads posting 78 PIM without capitalizing. Kemptville capped it off when the combination of Vollett with Dennison to find Yancy Whitaker (1) in the slot to drive it home for tie breaker and his first puck at 4:32. Contest stayed tight with end to end action and at 18:35 Hawks added extra attacker after pulling their stopper to even it up without results. Hawks outgunned 73’s 14 to 10.

As the head coach related after the game, “spectacular team effort, the kids came to play and won in a tough building without a loss… Riley McCabe in the nets answered to the call… the whole team stepped up big time after being down to four defence in last 10 minutes”. “73’s Digger Award” goes to Cole Dennison for his tenacity and work ethic during practice as well as on game day.

Sunday afternoon the boys will be in Nepean on the ice to meet with Nepean Raiders seeking revenge after the previous contest.

Hockey with edge… a cut above the rest… show you care… see you there.

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