Follow the bouncing rubber...Cooper Lukenda had to be sharp in Friday night's battle against the Rockland Nationals, and he was, to help give his 73's team mates a 2 to 1 victory.

by the sportsguy

Kemptville 73’s rolled into Ottawa to receive a 9 to zip hurt Thursday night at the hands of Ottawa Junior Senators, with Nick Bond being peppered with 45 SOG and Francis Bouvert with 10. Ottawa opened the flood gates with man advantage at 14:04, as Owen Guy PPG, with helpers from McGregor with Blacksmith, to end the first and out-shooting Kemptville 16 – 3.

Second frame Ottawa continued to mount up the shots and goals, as Ethan Mandeville, assisted by Pilon and McCabe, at 3:48. At 9:02, Craig McCabe on his own to beat Bond for a 3 to zip lead. McGregor with Daniels set up Darcy Walsh with just 55 seconds left, punched it behind the stopper to close out the period at 19:45. Ottawa managed 16 shots to Kemptville only 4 and getting on the sheet for PIM.

Last twenty, with Ottawa in the drivers seat 4-nothing lead, added five more markers when Owen Guy recorded his second of the evening, assisted by Blacksmith and Lalonde at :30. Issac Anderson, with helpers from Walsh and Alexander at 5:43, found the back of the net for Senators. Darcy Walsh, with McGregor, between the pipes at 8:57. Ottawa on another PP, as Morin and Anderson found Danny Plon open at 14:36. Elie Boulrice assisted from Evans with Bisson to cap off a 9-goal attack at 18:21 to give Ottawa Junior Senators their win.

Kemptville 73’s coach, Jeff Jordan, feels very confident with his young players during their rebuilding process, and sometimes you need adversarial situations to build character as they move forward to the future.

Rockland Nationals faced a pumped-up Kemptville 73’s after Thursday’s disappointment, as they came out on mission which they fulfilled with 2-1 win. Kemptville on the attack, with Titus gliding up the wing, across to Beaton, over to Joel Frazee, to pull the trigger into the mesh behind Sean Storr at 2:09. With man advantage at 6:41, Hunter set from point ahead to Thousand down low quick draw to the net, as Joel Frazee tipped high top shelf for PPG and second goal of the contest to give 73’s 2-up on their opponent. Both teams played hard end to end, with opportunities for both sides, recording 9 SOG each, and matching PIM to close out first frame.

Second session opened with a barrage of sin bin visits for both squads, as the game became very chippy with 27 PIM being posted. Rockland with man advantage at 17:14, Jean-Sylvain Boyer, with helpers from Power and Beatty, off the shaft of his stick to spoil Cooper Lukenda SO attempt for PPG. Kemptville managed to get 14 shots on net to Rockland’s 11, with both stoppers putting on a clinic and PK exceptional both ways.
Final twenty closed out scoreless, with more slab time from both sides with 20 PIM and 73’s SOG 9 to 8, for total for 73’s 32 SOG to Nationals 28. PP opportunities for Rockland, 5 attempts with 1 cash in as 73’s had 4 attempts with 1 result. Kemptville controlled the draws and, if lost, would regain possession with quick, strong transition initiated from back end.

Next home game is Thursday, February 22, at 12:30 pm, when the Navan Grads visit the Municipal Centre for special school day invitation event….Hockey with EDGE.


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