The first place Carleton Place Canadians, with a 14 streak win record, visiting the 73’s barn, posted another win as they beat our boys 3-1.
Initial period opened with opportunities at either end, if they could tame a bouncing puck and, with the close checking from each club, kept the contest scoreless. Both squads managed 9 SHG to close the first.
Second go-around: the Canadians capitalized on a PP at 4:45, as Knoblauch, with Cullen over the line, with quick pass across to Andrew Dodson to direct it by Hodgins for a PPG. Then, again, at 2:35, when Hill moves it to Merkley who slaps it into the zone and Geoff Kitt flies by his defender to pick up lose rubber to slip it into the mesh. Kemptville out-shot the Canadians 14-13 and suffered a two-goal deficit.
Final twenty was end-to-end action, with Kemptville having more advantages, but just could not find the net. With EA, Gaudet penetrates the line, chips over to Tugnutt on the side, to find Adam Alavi in the slot between the hash marks to spoil Leach’s SO attempt. Canadians, with heavy fore-checking by Grant to Merkley, to chip it down to opposition end with icing waved off, and Brent Hill wrapped it around for EN at :25. Kemptville out-gunned Canadians 41 to 28 and received a lose.
Just a reminder: the 73’s are on a push to play-offs and they would love to see you come out to support them on their way. Next home game is Wednesday, March 8, at 7:30, when Hawkesbury Hawkes swoop into town……see you there.
Come on out and experience “Hockey with Edge”…..support your community 73’s.