By The Sports Guy

Kemptville 73’s met Carleton Place Canadians on their home ground on Friday night. Canadians on scoreboard at 15:16 when Tim Theochardis assisted from Post and Carrier. Only goal of first frame and outshooting Kemptville 10 – 6.

Only markers of the second twenty were “sin bin” entries for both competitors and Carleton Place still on top of SOG 11 – 7.

Tie game at 18:14 into closing round as Gaudet forced draw to Cole on point with quick release and Bobby Dow ram in the rebound for 73’s. Wichers set-up Kiriacou for point blast and Adam Alavi released a beauty back-hander off off rebound at 13:08 for go-ahead. Canadians Jordan Larson, with helpers from Grant and Batt at 4:58 to even the score. Kemptville out-shooting their opponents 9 – 7 and going to OT.

Carleton Place took advantage of broken play with quick transition and tic-tac-toe attack from Marcus Joseph to beat Peter Brooks at 3:21 of OT.

Peter Brooks is the winner of the Mark’s Work Warehouse Hard Hat Award for his stellar stopper performance to keep the boy’s within striking distance.

Hockey enthusiasts were treated to a full day of “entertainment on ice” in the Bears den as they hosted all 12 teams in central CJHL for DoefStrong Showcase benefiting “spinal cord injuries” (DoefStrong) and “mental health” (DIFD). Over 1700 fans witnessed some great competition from 11:30 am to 8:45 pm and support excellent causes.

Brockville, Kemptville, Cumberland, Nepean, Smiths Falls, and Hawkesbury were all victorious in the event.

Kemptville 73’s met a strong challenge as they faced  Pembroke Lumber Kings at 2:15.

Tracy sets up Alavi who splits the defence and Quinn Wichers rifles rebound to open first frame at 4:57. Kemptville out-shoots Pembroke 11 – 10 and adjourn to dressing room with 1 – 0 lead.

Second go-around as Kemptville still in attack mode at 11:01 after a scrambled draw from Alavi to Tracy slipping it on Dean Kiriacou tape to bury it short side for two goal lead and end session with 17 – 9 SOG advantage.

Final twenty belonged to the Lumber Kings as 73’s failed to clear their zone and List blocked to Derek Varrin to spoil SO attempt for Hodgins at 6:39. Inital body stop on the line by List to Felhaber over to Vlahos, across to Chris Minns to force OT at 2:19. Even though 73’s out-gunned the Kings 16 – 10 SOG as the persistance Kings bounced back.

Three on three of Dow, Alavi and Wichers turned the tables when Pembroke failed penetration allowed Wichers to find Bobby Dow flying up the boards to dangle, hide and quick release at 1:38 for a 3 – 2 win.

Mark’s Work Warehouse Hard Hat Award goes to Adam Alavi and Quinn Wichers for outstanding performance.

Smiths Falls Bears in our barn for the third time and with only one win put pressure on our boys to seek revenge. After the Bears gave 73’s man advantage at 13:07 from Tugnutt to Tackett at top of slot and Alex Row bang in the rebound. Bears clawed back at 10:44 when Jesse Blais from Rutkowski and McKenney for PPG at 10:19 to tie the score. Jesse Blais with helpers from Garvey and Caruso pick up SHG at10:19 after broken play to give Bears go ahead, Kemptville launched a come-back at 8:14 when Alavi with Gaudet flew across the line and Victor Tracy buried the garbage to tie at 2 – 2. 73’s out-gunned Bears by 17 – 7.

Smiths Falls with aggressive attack at 11:54 from Chris MacMillan assisted by Blais and Garvey. Another one for Bears as Joey Rutkowski pushed in loose rubber after Stufko and Leblanc swarmed the net to chase Hodgins to the showers. Peter Brooks entered the fray and was under constant attack of swarming around the goal by the Bears. Initial play from DiPlacido and Stufko so Tyler Creagh could pump in rebound at 4:07. Twenty closed off with Smiths Falls out-shooting Kemptville 15 – 10 with 5 – 2 lead.

Only three down with 20 minutes to play catch up, we have done it before. Sterling Bray buzzed the crease with MacMillan and Busschaert creating the swarm to capitalize at 12:58. 73’s pressured Bears lair at 11:05. Dow control boards to Beauparlant rifled it into DeBrouwer pads and Alex Row flip in rebound to record his second goal. PPG at 1:18 as O’Flynn slipped to Russell across to Victor Tracy to smash it home from top of circle. Our boys came on strong with 15 – 12 SOG, but ran out of time giving the Bears a 6 – 4 victory.

Mark’s Work Warehouse Award is tied with Alex Row and Victor Tracy for their two marker night.

See you Friday night at 7:30 when we face the Brockville Braves……Hockey with EDGE

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