by the sportsguy
After the bitter loss to Kanata, Kemptville was looking for revenge when they faced them again for Sunday matinee in front of hometown fans. 73’s held off the Lasers for a 5-4 victory after falling behind two goals going into the third period.
Opening frame remained scoreless, with end-to-end fast and furious action from both teams as Kanata outshot Kemptville 13 to 9. Jesse Dick was the victim of an unfortunate accident during the first period, when a whipped stick from his team-mate made contact with his face to sideline him and put 73’s down a man for the rest of the battle.
Kanata struck first in the second, with controversial marker as Kemptville in the sin-bin and Poeze with Sleeth dropped it back to Luca Nocita to kick it past Jarrett Fiske for PPG at 13:51. Kemptville answered back when Domitrovic with Meyer flew over the line to find Cameron McLean on point to lift it up and over Jean-Phillippe Tourginy to even the odds at 15:10. Ryan Park’s lone effort would strip the opposition of the rubber and drive the net for the tie breaker to put the Lasers ahead at 16:02. Kemptville landed 15 SOG to Kanata 6.
Last twenty, Kanata opened when Park with Denomme set up Austin Holmes in lane for 3 to 1 go ahead at 9:07. Kemptville opened the flood gates to score four consecutive unanswered markers to give them a two goal lead. 73’s, with man advantage, from McLean to Meyer flying up the wing, across to Nicholas Domitrovic, PPG top shelf at 11:37. Makoda Suzuki picked up his first of the day just under the bar at 12:26, after Fry pulled his magic to break through the zone. His second came when Fiske picked up on Kanata’s poor line change to spring Domitrovic to find him flying to the net, snap one over stopper’s shoulder at 16:53. John Beaton capitalized on a tic-tac-toe play from Suzuki and Fry at 17:17 to make it a 5-3 game. Lasers tried to launch a comeback, as they pulled their goalie at 18:05 for sixth attacker, and F. Tourigny, with Rylott, handed it to Derek St. Jean for a one goal difference.
Kemptville 73’s hosted the Smiths Falls Bears Wednesday night’s yearly game for D.I.F.D (Mental Health Awareness), as they fell to the Bears 1-0. Opening period was scoreless, as Kemptville had two major 5 on 3 opportunities, but couldn’t get it past Jake Smith. Kemptville out-shot Smiths Falls by 16-13.
Second go around featured three major PK for 73’s, without any goals for either side. 73’s outshot the Bears by 14-11.
A bad clearing pass gave Anderson control to Tate Leeson in the slot to beat Jarrett Fiske at 2:25 for Smiths Falls Bears only point of the evening and 1-0 victory. Kemptville 12 SOG to Smiths Falls 9. 73’s had 5 PP opportunities without results, and Bears recorded 6 attempts without success. This game reminded me of outdoor hockey with a bouncing tennis ball, and whoever could control the bouncing rubber had the advantage; and the Pee Wee pond hockey officiating was disappointing for such an important contest.
Saturday night’s road trip to meet the Ottawa Junior Senators was postponed due to a nasty snowstorm. Kemptville 73’s will host Brockville Braves on Wednesday, February 6 at 7:30 pm.
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