by the sportsguy
Your 73’s iced their young warriors in own home barn on Saturday for their first exhibition challenge against Smiths Falls Bears and close out the third period with a tie.
Smiths Falls picked up two infractions, at 4:32 and 7:17, without results for 73’s. At 9:01, Kemptville received sin-bin time, but staved off attack by their opponents.
Kemptville drew first blood when Hunter sprang Schroeder over the middle, as Yancy Whitaker blew a rebound by Patrick Leaver at 9:20. Smiths Falls countered with James Sean, assisted by Connor and Giacobbi, to beat William Anderson to tie it up at 19:26. 73’s spent most of initial period in opponents zone and outgunned the Bears by 14 to 7, to end the first at 1 apiece.
Second stanza, the Bears broke the tie at 8:40, as M Leaver found Helmer open to give it to trailing Noah Adams high top shelf. Both clubs warmed the slab at 13:36 as tension built. More visits to the box for Kemptville at 16:10, with PK doing their job. At 18:24, 73’s House set up Carter Vollett to give him his first goal and tie it at 2. Kemptville picked up another PP at 18:56 without results. Bears outshot 73’s 15 to 12, tied at 2.
Final twenty saw Kemptville short a man at 3:14, forcing special team to combat the onslaught. 73’s gained man advantage at 3:29 without capitalizing. Smiths Falls with go-ahead at 6:20 when Kemptville D collapsed in own end, and Hunter Foreshew assist from Walsh with Watson to put it top shelf over Riley McCabe. Bears on PP again at 9:14, as 73’s shut down their attempt. Time running down, with 73’s pushing as Adam Barkley gained control on to the stick of Carter Vollett, who blew by opponents to slam it home through Victor Desjardins at 16:05 for his second and tie it at 3. Smiths Falls counted 8 SOG to Kemptville 7 to end the contest for our boys first exhibition game.
Kemptville exhibited team play for the initial opening, and then went into single effort mode for last two twenties that dug a hole for themselves that they almost filled in.
Both of our stoppers stood stout, and excited for the upcoming season.
Next game is Sunday night in the Bears Den, which I will cover next week.
Hockey with edge…catch the fever.
Remember, first home game is Friday, September 5…see you there.