Recent player returns....Matt Titus gets his first goal Friday night

by the sportsguy

Hawksbury Hawks landed in Kemptville on Sunday to challenge the 73’s for yet another time, with Nick Bond facing past team mate Peter Brooks between the pipes at the other end. Both clubs played fast and furious, end to end action in the first without any results. Kemptville struck first, with man advantage, at 4:12 when MacDonald, with Cote, came off the line through the middle as Eric Conley buried it for a PPG. Smith, assisted by Fournier to David Jankowski at 12:51 to make it a one-one contest. Hawksbury moved ahead when Alec Beaudin-Tougas punched one into the mesh after being setup from Taillon from top of the circle at :27. Kemptville bounced back at 9:11, when Faith made a end to end charge up the half boards, with Titus on front door, across to Ashton Fry to force OT.

Five minute OT remained scoreless to initiate a shoot-out, with the Hawks going first. Fournier, then Joel Frazee, beat Brooks for the only goal. Smith and Fry were shut-down, then Jankowski was stoned by Bond to give Kemptville a 3-2 win. Hawkesbury out-gunned Kemptville 38 SOG to 28 and PP for Hawks 0/3 with 73’s 1/2.

Wednesday’s road game in Ottawa against Ottawa Junior Senators was a tough grinder, with the Kemptville 73’s starter, Cooper Lukenda, facing 37 shots, and his opposition, Connor Hicks, 19. First frame was wide open affair, remaining scoreless, with Ottawa peppering 14 SOG to Kemptville 6. Senators rifled one between the pipes at 3:36, when Denis and Brant found Finns Evans.

At 12:32, Chiwetin Blacksmith knocked down a clearing pass to find open space to put Ottawa ahead by two. With man advantage, Frazee and Titus combination through the middle so Ashton Fry could hammer it in to move 73’s one goal behind at 17:16. Kemptville pulled Lukenda at 17:16 and 19:38 without results. Nick Lalonde slammed the rubber into open net for EN with 3-1 victory. Ottawa were in control, but Kemptville never gave up,

Return match between Ottawa Junior Senators in Kemptville 73’s barn on Friday night could have been interesting, because of the close battle on Wednesday. Unfortunately, Ottawa had another plan in mind to discredit Kemptville by running up the numbers. Kemptville drew first blood at 4:36: Conley back to Hunter on point, through to Nicholas Domitrovic to pull the trigger. Blacksmith, with Roy, to setup Owen Guy on the door step at 8:19 for the tie. Darcy Walsh, with helpers from Smart and White at 13:44, for Senators tie breaker.

Vincent Robillard knocked down a clearing pass to beat Lukenda on short side at 2:46. Faith flying down wing, over the line to cycle back to Hunter and Matt Titus for his first goal this season at 4:08. Ottawa opened the flood gates at 7:51, when Nick Lalonde, assisted by Bisson and Guy, past the stopper. Ottawa, with man advantage, as Silas Mattawashish PPG, with helpers by Lalonde and Veilette at 9:50, to make it a 5-2 lead. Veilette with Boulrice would assist Darcy Walsh for his second of the game at 18:51 to add another goal to Ottawa lead 6-2.

Last twenty, both sides changed up their stoppers, with Nick Bond for 73’s and Connor Hicks for Junior Senators.

Senators capitalized with a man advantage, when Chiwetin Blacksmith buried some garbage after receiving helpers from Evans and White at 1:05 for PPG. Nick Lalonde would notch another goal, with assist from Guy and Brant, at 15:51. Undisciplined play put 73’s on the slab at 17:16 to allow Darcy Walsh PPG, with helpers from Robillard and Smart, to record his hat-trick.

This was a tough defeat, as the boys had to play chase the bouncing rubber from the second period until the slaughter was ended, giving Ottawa 9-2 win.

New line up takes time to gel, so don’t give up on your “Boys of Winter”, they’ll be back. We have to play our game and remember there is 60 minutes in a game.

Come on out and support your warriors on ice with next home game on Wednesday, November 24, at 7:30 pm to face Ottawa Junior Senators……Hockey with EDGE.

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