After the last beat down from Navan Grads, the Kemptville 73’s were looking to rectify the loss for their fans on home ice Friday night, and the magic hands of John Beaton took care of it for OT win.
First frame closed out scoreless with excellent opportunities for both teams and 73’s spending most of the initial period in opposition end, but Navan outshot Kemptville 12 to 6.
Second session, Grads tried to slow the pace to control the game, but 73’s overrode their break-out attempts and constantly laid on the body with working the draws and half boards to develop attacks. Kemptville controlled the play in opposition zone and peppered Navan 15 to 9.
Last twenty was a repeat of the initial 40 minutes: exciting end to end action, hard hitting affair with both Jarrett Fiske and Seth Carter putting on a goalie clinic to force OT to settle the battle. Navan came back with 8-6 SOG.
Extra time opened with body on body and each club trying to setup up the stringer until 73’s received a controversial call to give the Grads on 4 on 3 at 1:38. John Beaton, off the bench, attacked the offence to steal the rubber, launch the afterburners to streak over the line and freeze the stopper with a trick stick from front to back hand into top self for SHG to give them a 1 to 0 victory at 2:59. Both teams had 4 PP opportunities without results.
As one fan expressed after the contest, this was great entertainment and has opened his eyes to what Jr hockey is all about….so get out and support your team.
Next home game, the Pembroke Lumber Kings will be in town Friday, January 11, at 7:30.
Hockey with EDGE…excellent, economical, exciting, entertainment…support your 73’s.
See you at the game, and please feel free to express some of your thoughts about your concerns and experiences after attending games.